Building The Vera Cruise

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Carl - I like the template method you are using. I have not tried it yet myself but I have seen a few people do it and it seems to make a lot of sense.

Did you use hot glue or just staples to build it?
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Milhouse wrote:
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Did you use hot glue or just staples to build it?
Hey Jim,

It's a combination of staples (air powered stapler) and wood glue. The wood glue is there to stabilize the wood joints because they are fairly small and the staples I had are just long enough to go through the gussets and into the longer pieces about 3/16". I would have used longer staples (these were 5/8" - 3/4" would have been better), but was lazy and didn't want to spend the money.

The approach works fine for getting the shape but it is a bit flimsy so you have to be careful removing it from the boat and moving it around. That's why the glue is there. It helps a bit.
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When I make templates like that (for countertops) I use a hot glue gun. Quick and strong.
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That's a good way of doing it, Carl, and I did something similar with cardboard, hot glue, and staples to make the motorwell sides. Then I was flummoxed doing the floorboards, totally forgetting about trying to make a pattern.
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hoodman wrote:
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That's a good way of doing it, Carl, and I did something similar with cardboard, hot glue, and staples to make the motorwell sides. Then I was flummoxed doing the floorboards, totally forgetting about trying to make a pattern.
That's funny because I was in the opposite position until you mentioned it. The floor panels always seemed like they would need this approach, but I've been stumped by how I was going to do the sidewalls. Using plywood strips like this, and working in three dimensions, I think I can accomplish the sidewall templating and design adequately. Thanks for the idea Matt!
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Well the basketball court has been added to the back of the boat. All the floor panels are made and fitted. I even got the forward cabin temporary floor panel replaced. There will be some fiberglass and painting required of these but need warmer weather first.


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The floor came out really nice, Carl!
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You can dance a little jig in there now
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Thanks Jim and Matt,

One small problem is that with the floor in place, I am higher in the boat and more at risk on hitting my head on the garage door when it's open. When it's closed it's not a problem except for the old toy airplane hanging above the boat.
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What’s happening Carl?

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psychobilly wrote:
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What’s happening Carl?
I'm still around Billy, Thanks for asking.

Been doing some encapsulation on the aft floor section and studying and planning the cabin sides. But These last several weeks have been pretty busy from a life perspective so haven't gotten as much done as I would like.

The cabin sides have many curves and I am trying to get comfortable with how they are going to tie in with the other parts of the cabin (i.e. roof panels will have slight double curvature, how to make the front section). SO these are things I can do without too much set up time and in spite of colder weather.

But I do want to get back to productivity.
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Carl

I don't know if this is of any help. These are the details of the Bartender cabin.

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Thanks Bill, I had forgotten that you posted similar drawings before which I saved. I will take a look at these again as the design is similar.
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Work continues on the Vera Cruise. No photo worthy pictures right now, I am using the occasional warm days to fiberglass and epoxy coat the aft cabin floor boards. Also encapsulating the interior sides. I haven't gotten to the area under the floor yet.

Big news is that I got my steering system. It's the SeaStar Solutions Baystar model hydraulic steering kit and a 5 spoke Destroyer type steering wheel. It's stored in my closet with the rest of my boat parts stash, waiting for the day when I can start installing everything.

We've got a few warm days coming so I am going to try and get some more floor board epoxy work done. Also, I should have enough money to buy the lumber needed for my cabin sides by the end of the month, so I am hoping to get started on those as well.
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Great progress Carl! Always good to have new components on the Have List instead of the Need List. Sounds like your weather will cooperate, it's been too cold for progress here in New England.
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