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Bob Abell12/06/2020 21:14:05
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What are you on about, ...Chief Designer.,........I haven't got any wood at all now, and hardboard is keeping the build going

It looks OK to me


ashley needham13/06/2020 07:51:10
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Bob. The hardboard will be fine, just make sure it is well sealed. Use thinned undercoat first etc.

In theory, if you steam it, it will bend to fit some of your curves. In fact, if you had a mould, it is just possible that you could press it into shape(s).....?


Bob Abell13/06/2020 08:51:21
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Thanks Ashley

I`m quite happy with the hardboard strips, the Evostik is doing a great job and it sets like concrete

It`s quite rewarding building a boat out of recycled materials

I`m about to order the 1mm plywood now, then it will take off!


Bob Abell13/06/2020 10:19:34
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Latest picture of the epic stringer build

It feels very strong now and looking forward to the ply sheeting exercise shortly


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Bob Abell14/06/2020 08:59:27
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More progress pictures. I realise they all look the same lately, but progress is slow but sure!

Now we`ve come to the Transom area, going off the last build, I recall, we had a problem at this end Mm?

Will to get the old pix out

Paul...….Is the latest Transom frame correct?

The stringer notches look suspicious


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Edited By Bob Abell on 14/06/2020 09:06:17

Ray Wood 214/06/2020 10:02:28
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Hi Bob,

I think you maybe building a Thames slipper launch, it looks similar 😄

Keep going you will get there 👍

Regards Ray

Paul T14/06/2020 19:48:31
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I'm sorry to say that I am not sure as it was so long ago

But after extensive research on the dark web and at great personal cost I have found part of an amazing and mystical archive that is full of construction photos and might just be the answer to your problem.

These images clearly shows the part in question and how the builder overcame these problems, if only we knew who this master builder was as his full archive could answer all of your questions.






Bob Abell14/06/2020 20:53:57
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Thanks Paul

I already have your photos

I'll just struggle through and sort it out


Paul T15/06/2020 13:07:24
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I do remember some discussion about the transom when you built the first one, in retrospect I should have given the stern greater depth but at the time I had a fixation on making the stern appear to slide into the water.

Like Ray said it was very much like a slipper launch.

There is a possibility that I changed the design of the stern in order to overcome construction problems but these changes would have been picked up on the drawings that you are using.

I will go back to the thread that covered the original build and see what was said and done but meanwhile could you explain what you mean by The stringer notches look suspicious? Are they too big, too small, in the wrong location or just baffling


Bob Abell15/06/2020 13:24:48
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Hi Paul

I`ve got it sorted out now

Not much of a problem, the problem was caused by me thinking the sponson shape was correct

The notches on the sponson were such that they rested on top of the upper stringer

Anyway, see my latest progress photo


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