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ashley needham20/07/2018 09:06:00
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….its worth doing quickly so Noel can build a REALLY DECENT boat...….

Noel20/07/2018 15:26:54
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REALLY DECENT, but just a lighter. No other bits to be added apart from tow bollards and paint!

The mission creep can come later

David Marks 120/07/2018 21:17:11
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Have a look at this plan. The hull length is about 30 inches. I used the plan as a basis a for a model houseboat, based on a former Thames lighter. Many were purchased and converted to other uses. I used to visit a company base adjacent to Chertsey Bridge on the Thames which had two converted lighters, one was the canteen and the other a store.


Noel31/08/2018 18:35:25
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After being on holiday and then gathering materials I have now made some progress.

Ashley has very kindly spent some time cutting my plywood and other parts to size on his bandsaw - so I have nice square consistent edges. Thank you Ashley! This has made it glue together very easily so far.


I have the basic box and the foredeck in place. It is very robust indeed. Next is to add a stiffener for the bow to fit to and then template the flat front and wraparound skin for the bow.

Edited By Noel on 31/08/2018 18:36:48

ashley needham31/08/2018 21:47:53
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Noel. I have an idea on how to make the template for the bow pieces very easily. First I think you need that stiffener, and then the other bow bits can be made.

Be there Sunday, or call me tomorrow am, wont take 5 mins to make the stiffeners and explain about the template bit.


Noel01/09/2018 19:28:32
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ae324d24-bd5f-4a40-9d72-bec0dfbdce68.jpegI think I will be there Sunday yes.

This is what I have so far. There is a batten to support the tow bollard that will be fitted on the foredeck.

Then I have added a strip of ply glued to the curve of the bow, to give the skin ply something to glue to. The bow stiffener is to be cut to length then glued in. Once that’s in I can template with cardboard.

What you think?

Noel07/09/2018 08:50:59
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Now done prepared to template the bow front:


Could not work out how to run a pencil round the edge and keep it perpendicular to the foredeck and the right length as it worked its way round the curve. So I clamped a laser pointer to my square and then shone that just over the edge. I could then mark out a line of dots on the cardboard, which I can cut to!


Chris Fellows07/09/2018 12:25:41
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Clever stuff Noel. Where would we be without some of these modern techie gismos!


Noel07/09/2018 16:45:45
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It is also somewhat cheaper than a professional laser square or level!

ashley needham08/09/2018 17:12:06
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I suggested simply drilling a hole in a small block of wood to take a pencil and running that around the top, but OH NO...Noel has gone all high-tec….


Be ready two weeks Sunday then eh Noel??

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