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by mrintense
Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 2131
Views: 242860

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Thanks Tom, John, Jim, Tim, and Bill, I very much appreciate the feedback. My wife and I spent a portion of the evening going over design ideas and we have a more coherent plan now that takes into account the work I've already done. It's funny, even though we were only looking at disjointed pictures...
by mrintense
Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:58 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 2131
Views: 242860

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Yesterday I decided to stop working on the partition. It has been gradually developing a curve and I am afraid that if I continue adding slats that I will not be able to pull the curve out during mounting. In addition to that, I do not have a clear idea of the color scheme for my interior. I have en...
by mrintense
Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:51 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Aussie Belle
Replies: 257
Views: 61860

Re: Aussie Belle

Welcome back Jamie. It's funny how we all go through these slumps. Important thing is to keep moving forward On days when I absolutely do not feel like doing anything, I will go out and do something for 15 minutes. Small steps, but it moves me forward and I feel a bit better about it.
by mrintense
Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:38 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Barrel Back Build
Replies: 88
Views: 15681

Re: Barrel Back Build

Good for you John. I know the feeling. I have been dealing with my enthusiasm going up and down on my Vera Cruise. There are times when I feel she will never be finished. But like you, I can't bear the thought of having this beat me. I want to finish this boat. Too far along now to give up. Best of ...
by mrintense
Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New member
Replies: 1
Views: 188

Re: New member

Hi Nick, welcome to the forum.

Glad to see another builder going for the Vera Cruise. I'll be keeping an eye out on this thread.
by mrintense
Sun Sep 24, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 2131
Views: 242860

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

I needed to plastic weld the urine diverter assembly to the upper bucket assembly. Never done anything like this before and only have a general heat gun. It looks a bit nasty in the photo, but it's solid and there is no warpage visible on the top side (which is the visible side. Some of the strips r...
by mrintense
Sun Sep 24, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: GERONIMO floor foul up
Replies: 19
Views: 1145

Re: GERONIMO floor foul up

Bob, I noticed you said you are putting a bulkhead at frame 1, I assume this is for the motorwell. On my Vera Cruise this is 24 inches from the transom which is aft of frame 1. I am curious if your plans call this out? I am trying to maximize the amount of space in the aft cockpit as I figure I will...
by mrintense
Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 2131
Views: 242860

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

And some more showing how the diverter is made. There's more work to do and I haven't assembled anything yet. One final note. This is not my own design. I got his from a blog from another builder. http://dennisdonohue.blogspot.com/2013/12/ IMG_20170924_112453.jpg IMG_20170924_121017.jpg IMG_20170924...
by mrintense
Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 2131
Views: 242860

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Jimmy, that's a good idea. Never even thought of just getting the blade and taking it over there to my friends house. I'll look into that. Today is being used to make a part of the boat that most don't want to see or talk about, but it is a very necessary part of the boat. Fortunately, there are any...
by mrintense
Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 2131
Views: 242860

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Thanks Jimmy, Bryan, and Peter. This is definitely a very satisfying part of the build. Jimmy, I am quite familiar with the vacuum bag approach. I used to do that for United Airlines when making and repairing aircraft flight controls and engine cowlings. When I first started building this boat, I wa...
by mrintense
Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Spitfire
Replies: 14
Views: 496

Re: Spitfire

Very cool Tony, Years ago before I discovered boat building, I considered build a wooden aircraft, I cannot remember the model name anymore but it was an inline design like the Spitfire and looked every bit like a fighter. Unfortunately, at the time, finances kept me from building the plane and more...
by mrintense
Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 2131
Views: 242860

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

The last two weeks have been occupied with working on the partition that goes between the seat box and the head box. This is a piece of 1/4" plywood which is getting veneered on both sides with 1/8" mahogany slats (7 per side). I was only able to get one veneered slat per day completed and...
by mrintense
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Wood Boat / Fiberglass Boat Weight Comparison
Replies: 11
Views: 484

Re: Wood Boat / Fiberglass Boat Weight Comparison

I had a discussion with another Vera Cruise builder a few years ago and he told me that his Vera Cruise (with trailer) but otherwise not loaded came to 3500 pounds. It was a dual axle trailer (steel). The Vera Cruise is also 21 foot although he had a fairly small outboard on his boat (25 HP). Assumi...
by mrintense
Sun Sep 10, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 2131
Views: 242860

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Looks good. This is a real slow part. No two parts are the same and each is a custom fit. And there is no plan to go by. Bill Thanks Bill, You sure got that right. So far nearly every piece has had to be custom fitted, sometimes with several iterations before it's right. And then there are the inev...
by mrintense
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 2131
Views: 242860

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Starting to look like a cabin interior! i spent several hours today thinking about the seat box structure and trying out various ideas. I have a finalized plan now for the starboard side (the port side will be slightly different) and made the parts. Initial assembly of the parts has been accomplishe...

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