Building The Vera Cruise

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She is going to be an awesome boat!

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Very nice Carl. Love the inlay
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Looking really great, Carl!
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Thanks everyone. It's nice to start seeing some progress.

Of course everyday I get something done is progress, but many days feel like very small steps. One of the things I need to do before finally installing all the cabin components I've made is to get the bilge area completely painted. But before doing that, there are still many, many steps to accomplish. I got several more of those done this week. The seat boxes are coming along and I should be able to stain them tomorrow. I want to get this done so they can dry for a week before encapsulation. I still need to make the tops for these and will probably start on that tomorrow as well.

Here are a few more in progress shots. Not much to look at, but like I said, lots of small steps.
Attaching the facings to the seat boxes.
Attaching the facings to the seat boxes.
Attaching the hardwood corner to the port seat box sides.
Attaching the hardwood corner to the port seat box sides.
This small triangular piece covers the opening at the bottom of the seat box area to keep things from sliding under the floor boards. A similar one will be glued to the port floor board.
This small triangular piece covers the opening at the bottom of the seat box area to keep things from sliding under the floor boards. A similar one will be glued to the port floor board.
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More fitting, staining, encapsulating, and fitting. Trying to knock out a bunch of small steps that need to be accomplished.

One other thing I worked on was mocking up a potential idea for the cabinet. My goals for the cabinet are : decent appearance, big enough to house a small sink and a place for a small camp stove when I want to make coffee. Tall enough, to allow some storage on the bottom and have room for a drawer or two for smaller items, and leave some of the remaining floor space available.

The following picture is only a mock up, but the idea is that it will be flat with small side partitions. I'm thinking of using a small wedge shaped fiddle on the inboard edge to keep items from sliding off. The wedge will be the same profile as the curved side but only extend outboard a small amount.

Another thing I've decided to do is cant the cabin sides in just a small amount. The pictures of other Vera Cruises that I've seen look a bit boxy in this area, so I am hopeful that canting the sides will help with that.
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Carl

I got a small ss bar sink from HD with plumbing. You might look into those.

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Working on the interior of my Monaco was a snap compared to your interior, Carl. So many possibilities and you are definitely rising to the challenge. Your interior is looking great and I look forward to your progress reports. Skip
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Carl that really works well and seems to leave you quite a bit of space with ample storage and work area in the cabin. Are you building the cabinetry with the solid wood edges/trim?
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Looking good, looks like we should try and get Harbor Freight clamps to be a sponsor; I have just about as many for my build :D
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Thanks Bill, Skip, Billy, and Jim
Bill Edmundson wrote:I got a small ss bar sink from HD with plumbing. You might look into those. Bill
Thanks Bill, I'll check it out. It's funny I was thinking the same thing yesterday when getting some supplies, but didn't look. I will now.
sscobra wrote:Working on the interior of my Monaco was a snap compared to your interior, Carl. So many possibilities and you are definitely rising to the challenge. Your interior is looking great and I look forward to your progress reports. Skip
Thanks Skip. It is fun, but exasperating at the same time. What do you do when the journey and the destination have the same attraction? :D :D
billy c wrote:Carl that really works well and seems to leave you quite a bit of space with ample storage and work area in the cabin. Are you building the cabinetry with the solid wood edges/trim?
Yes Billy, the cabinetry construction will be similar to the head box, plywood with Cherry veneer and hardwood edges. What I am unsure about yet, is what will be in the cabinet. I'd like a drawer for small items, a sink to wash hands, and some lower storage. At one point I even toyed with adding two wine bottle openings! :D :D
Milhouse wrote:Looking good, looks like we should try and get Harbor Freight clamps to be a sponsor; I have just about as many for my build :D
Yes Jim. I have something like 45 of those clamps. Most have clumps of epoxy on them in various places But They still work just fine.

No updates today unfortunately. Have to catch up on yard work. Oh boo!!
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Carl... Just a quick question... When you clamp something with multiple clamps, do you actually measure between each one to make sure they are exactly evenly spaced? If the answer is "yes", you may need to see someone !! Very nice work.

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neel thompson wrote:Carl... Just a quick question... When you clamp something with multiple clamps, do you actually measure between each one to make sure they are exactly evenly spaced? If the answer is "yes", you may need to see someone !! Very nice work.
Dang! You caught me!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Thanks Neel. Believe it or not, it'a automatic. No conscious attempt to space them that way, it just sort of happens. I suppose it's my software engineering and aircraft mechanic background.
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I suppose it's my software engineering and aircraft mechanic background.
You are a Software Engineer, Bill is a Civil/Structural Engineer, I am an Electrical Engineer, any other Engineers out there?

Carl did you fix planes in the service? I was an avionics tech in the Marines, must be something about us that draws us to these professions and hobbies.
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Milhouse wrote:Carl did you fix planes in the service? I was an avionics tech in the Marines, must be something about us that draws us to these professions and hobbies.
Jim,

I was a structural/hydraulic mechanic in the Navy, then worked for United Airlines and several defense contractors until 2006. Got my Bachelors in Computer Science in 2005 and started Software Engineering in 06. Been doing it since.
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My undergraduate study was chem e, but never worked in the field. Went straight to dental school.
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