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by DavidE
Tue Jan 12, 2016 11:43 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 2826
Views: 540105

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

I tapered mine. They start as a 1x2 at the transom, then taper to about 3/4" wide by about 1/2" thick at the bow. They end about a foot back from the stem, the taper is over about 6 feet.
by DavidE
Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: Talking Sapele
Replies: 15
Views: 9158

Re: Talking Sapele

I use Sapele instead of genuine Mahogany for a few reasons: it's a lot cheaper, the grain is finer and better looking, it works easily, it's less likely to be case hardened during the kiln drying process. You can get quarter sawn (ribbon stripe) or flat sawn. I buy my stock from Groff & Groff Lumber...
by DavidE
Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:36 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 2826
Views: 540105

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Carl, your fiberglassing job looks first rate! I had a ton of runs and sags in mine which required A LOT of sanding. Ugh!
by DavidE
Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:59 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: David E Vera Cruise
Replies: 67
Views: 17492

Re: David E Vera Cruise

Carl, the bunk top is hinged to open. There's a great deal of storage space underneath, check out the pictures. So far this winter has been mild. Yesterday it was 50°F and sunny. But still too cold for epoxy work since it gets close to freezing at night. I have used a space heater and blankets to ke...
by DavidE
Sat Dec 05, 2015 9:37 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: David E Vera Cruise
Replies: 67
Views: 17492

Re: David E Vera Cruise

A few more pictures of the cabin.
by DavidE
Sat Dec 05, 2015 9:36 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: David E Vera Cruise
Replies: 67
Views: 17492

Re: David E Vera Cruise

Well folk, this building season has come to a close. I finished as much of the cabin as I can before the top goes on. I've posted a few picture below. Over the winter I'll paint some hatch covers and plan the motor well and cockpit space. The boat should be launched in about 5 years, just in time fo...
by DavidE
Fri Jun 19, 2015 10:21 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 2826
Views: 540105

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Hey, congratulations on the awesome planking job! I covered my transom with 1/8" Sapele plywood. I used plywood because I believe that solid wood will buckle or splitting as it swells and shrink. I just covered the plywood and the transom with epoxy, waited for it to get tacky, and then pressed it i...
by DavidE
Sun May 10, 2015 4:42 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: David E Vera Cruise
Replies: 67
Views: 17492

Re: David E Vera Cruise

Yes, they are gas-permeable, so you have to ventilate the compartment.
by DavidE
Sun May 10, 2015 9:30 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: David E Vera Cruise
Replies: 67
Views: 17492

Re: David E Vera Cruise

Nothing to report on the build, however my partner bought me a tow vehicle. Its a 2012 Ford Expedition XLT with 32k miles, sweet ride! My Explorer was getting up there in miles (175k) so it was time for a new ride. I pulled the boat out of the shelter for spring cleaning. Also, I raked cement into t...
by DavidE
Wed May 06, 2015 1:50 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 2826
Views: 540105

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

I agree, a scraper works great for removing epoxy drips, it saves hours of sanding! I use a cabinet scraper like this one:

http://www.rockler.com/bahco-cabinet-scrapers
by DavidE
Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:21 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Vera Cruise
Replies: 16
Views: 3599

Re: Vera Cruise

I agree with Carl. The 1/2" plywood would be difficult if not impossible to bend. My Vera Cruise is skinned with 3/8" marine Okume plywood from World Panel. It went into place with some effort. Overall, the cost of lumber and plywood is like 10 to 20% of the total project cost. ALL the plywood for m...
by DavidE
Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:38 am
Forum: Fasteners
Topic: Bronze vs Other Metals?
Replies: 15
Views: 8837

Re: Bronze vs Other Metals?

Holy cow, those prices are astronomical!!! McMaster-Carr has 1/4 x 3" silicon bronze carriage bolts for $1.94 each (a 5 pack for $9.70). If Glen-L doesn't have it then check Jamestown Distributors, Clark-Craft, Defender Marine, or Hamilton Marine. I would use only silicon bronze screws and bolts.
by DavidE
Thu Jul 31, 2014 10:13 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Can't find 1/4" plywood
Replies: 13
Views: 4901

Re: Can't find 1/4" plywood

I bought all the plywood for my Vera Cruise in one order from World Panel. Its was mix of 1/4", 3/8", and 1/2" Okoume and Sapelle. Some panels were 4'x8' and some were 5'x10'. The shipping was free because the order was so large.
by DavidE
Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:54 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: David E Vera Cruise
Replies: 67
Views: 17492

Re: David E Vera Cruise

These polypropylene tanks are gas permeable so there's going to be some odor. Rumors circulate that The Powers That Be are planning to ban permeable plastic tanks because the vapors contribute to smog. For my build I am including a ton of ventilation and a bilge blower to keep the odor to a minimum.
by DavidE
Sun Jul 27, 2014 8:14 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: David E Vera Cruise
Replies: 67
Views: 17492

Re: David E Vera Cruise

Yes, that's two 18 gallon fuel tanks, and three group 31 battery boxes. I wasn't really happy with mounting the tanks athwartship as they are, the fuel might slosh a lot. But the fuel fills have to be as close as possible to the side deck because I don't have enough clearance under the cockpit floor...