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by neel thompson
Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build
Replies: 643
Views: 217639

Re: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build

Thanks Matt, Carl, and Jim,,,, Using quarter inch planking sure makes the process very challenging. I did manage to get the first row on both sides (I started at the sheer). Very slow going to get it right, but enjoyable non the less..... Neel
by neel thompson
Sun Sep 13, 2020 2:49 am
Forum: Hankinson designs
Topic: Norwegian Barrelback 20'
Replies: 40
Views: 7362

Re: Norwegian Barrelback 20'

Thomas, Yes, I drew a vertical, plumb line from chine to sheer near the center of the hull (where there was very little curve). I wanted the planks to be 5" wide at this point, which happened to coincide with dividing by 6. Then I took my laser level, set it so the light passed through a mark on the...
by neel thompson
Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Hankinson designs
Topic: Norwegian Barrelback 20'
Replies: 40
Views: 7362

Re: Norwegian Barrelback 20'

Thomas, Your lines look good, but you might consider raking the planks up slightly from the transom forward. You have drawn them parallel to the W/L which will look fine but, if you look at the antique Chris Crafts, you will see what I mean. The planking on the bottom follows the chine and then the ...
by neel thompson
Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build
Replies: 643
Views: 217639

Re: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build

Matt.....It is a slow process for sure but. for some reason, I really enjoy working with mahogany rather than plywood. When I built my Gentry, I planked it with 1/8" material. I am now working with 1/4' material which doubles the degree of difficulty. I have stretched the limit of my imagination in ...
by neel thompson
Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build
Replies: 643
Views: 217639

Re: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build

I have finished planking the bottom and transom. I have started to shape and fit the first row along the sheer on both sides. I like to start at the sheer and work my way up to the chine. Before gluing a row in place, I roughly shape the next row above it, allowing extra wood for final fitting top a...
by neel thompson
Sun Aug 30, 2020 6:07 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Matt's Geronimo
Replies: 1235
Views: 380565

Re: Matt's Geronimo

Really nice Matt.. Now we know where to go for advice on building wood framed windshields... Have you decided on how to hold the glass in the frame?
by neel thompson
Fri Aug 28, 2020 3:16 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build
Replies: 643
Views: 217639

Re: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build

Thanks Daryl.... Good idea... There has been a lot of discussion here on the forum about the Raptor stapler and brad nailer. I have had, and used both for many years and not a fan of either. I do use them for certain things, but not for mahogany planking.. I'm happy to hear you are having good succe...
by neel thompson
Thu Aug 27, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build
Replies: 643
Views: 217639

Re: Neel's Palm Beach 22 build

Today was a good day.... I picked up the mahogany planking. I ended up with 40 pieces, 11"W X 12'L X 1/4" Thick. I have gotten all of my mahogany from the same place, Strarke Lumber and Millwork in Bangor, PA (Marianne). It is always perfect and exactly the dimensions ordered (net). She told me that...
by neel thompson
Sat Aug 22, 2020 2:38 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Riviera Final Layer of Mahogany Hull Planking
Replies: 5
Views: 495

Re: Riviera Final Layer of Mahogany Hull Planking

If your stapler is working properly and doesn't quit on you half way through a panel installation, I would use it. Many here on the forum, including me, have had problems with the Raptor stapler. It seems to hold things in place much better than the brad nailer and won't leave small countersink hole...
by neel thompson
Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Maritime Malahini
Replies: 55
Views: 18415

Re: Maritime Malahini

Whatever you do Jim, don't attach the bottom plywood before the battens are fair. The best way to handle your problem is to add a 1/8" strip of mahogany, the same width as the battens. cover the entire area that is low and then fair everything out again. You can use thickened epoxy to areas that are...
by neel thompson
Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Lee's Monaco utility build
Replies: 276
Views: 125284

Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Lee.. You peaked my curiosity, so I put an 8' straight edge along the chine on my Palm Beach 22 (stretched to 23'). the chine is perfectly flat from the transom up to about 53" and then starts curving down (or up, depending). The keel is perfectly flat and straight up to at least 10' from the transo...
by neel thompson
Wed Aug 19, 2020 3:09 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 3363
Views: 783770

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Carl.... Very nice way to fix the original problem. Actually with the curved corner, it looks nicer than the original. There always seem to be a way !!
by neel thompson
Mon Aug 17, 2020 3:10 am
Forum: Gathering 2020
Topic: Food for Gathering 2020
Replies: 38
Views: 2388

Re: Food for Gathering 2020

Matt, If you guys do head to Chattanooga for a lunch run, you might want to give Jill at the marina a call. Her # is 423-266-1316. It looks like a small number of boats would go, but she will make sure you have enough dock space. I would call a day or two in advance with your best guess as to how ma...
by neel thompson
Mon Aug 10, 2020 3:19 am
Forum: Hankinson designs
Topic: 20ft Texas Barrel
Replies: 672
Views: 223053

Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

You are very close to the finish line.... Very Nice Matt
by neel thompson
Sat Aug 08, 2020 6:42 am
Forum: Sailboats
Topic: Glen-L 15 build
Replies: 19
Views: 3357

Re: Glen-L 15 build

That is exactly how I did it except I used 3/8" plywood for the templates. I attached the templates to the mahogany with two sided carpet tape and it worked great. You can see the process I used if you look at my build thread ( "Neel's Palm Beach 22 build" ). Best of luck with your build,, Neel

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