Building The Vera Cruise

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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by DrBryanJ » Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:05 am

She is going to be one gorgeous boat Carl! Great work on the frames.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by mrintense » Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:35 am

Thanks for the kind comments Billy and Bryan. The pictures don't show the struggles I am going through with these. There are some issues, however, I am trying to minimize the impact of these. One thing for sure, I will be glad when I get through this part of the build. I am really wanting to get to the assemble the boat stage. :D :D
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by acflynn » Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:50 am

Looking really good, Carl!

Are the windshield frames going to accommodate inset panels similar to your side windows (which would then tilt open)? Or are they going to be stationary?
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by mrintense » Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:27 am

acflynn wrote:
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Are the windshield frames going to accommodate inset panels similar to your side windows (which would then tilt open)? Or are they going to be stationary?
Same as the side windows, hinged along the top and supported with hold open rods. Frames will sandwich the window glass and will fit inside the window opening.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by mrintense » Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:02 pm

Some more progress on the forward windows. The window landings are now assembled and milled to shape. I have to get some more lumber before I can make the frames. Still plenty of other work to do however.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by neel thompson » Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:00 am

Carl..... Your workmanship and joinery skills amaze me. Very nice for sure

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Post by mrintense » Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:26 am

Thanks for the kind comment Neel.

However, now that I am looking at this picture, I see that the window landings will be a collection point for any water that gets on the windows. I had planned on sealing all of the window landings but I am not sure if it's worth trying to build in some sort of drain hole. I don't want it leaking into the cabin and building something to drain it over the sides seems like overkill and probably prone to clogging.

Probably better to consider it a maintenance item to dry these areas off after boating or a rainy spell. The plan is to store the boat indoors at some point, but it will always have a cover over it when not in use.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by TomB » Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:19 pm

Carl, Good catch on the puddle. If I read the picture correctly, the water will drain to the sides and leave a little puddle. How about cutting a gutter (1/8" radius) at the low point to drain onto the deck? Tom

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Post by mrintense » Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:19 pm

I took a look at the boat yesterday. The window ledge is fairly level, but I think if a marble were placed there, it would roll to the outside. A drain hole on the outside edge would be visible so I am not sure yet if I want to do that.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by DrBryanJ » Tue Jan 21, 2020 3:21 pm

Carl: I know it would be difficult, but with the right jig, you could cut the lower edge so it tilts down and drains itself. You might be fighting stains in that area later though.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by mrintense » Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:45 am

DrBryanJ wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 3:21 pm
Carl: I know it would be difficult, but with the right jig, you could cut the lower edge so it tilts down and drains itself. You might be fighting stains in that area later though.

I am considering that option Bryan. Not sure yet. Since it's one of those things that is not easily reversible, I want to ponder it for awhile. I can always do it later if necessary.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by Andy Garrett » Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:20 am

A 1/4" hole drilled from the lower inside corner of the window frame (lowest point) downward and outward could be lined with a thin-walled non-ferrous tube like copper, or aluminum and finished attractively where it would be visible on the outside. Such a tube epoxied in place would protect the wood inside the drilled hole and be very easy to clean out with a pipe-cleaner.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by mrintense » Sat Jan 25, 2020 1:12 pm

Thanks for the idea Andy, I will look into that possibility.

In other news, I am making some progress on the forward windows. I purchased additional lumber yesterday, cut and planed strips for the window frames and started gluing them together. The remaining two were glued together this morning.

The hinges for the side windows (as well as the forward windows) will be inset into the wood of the frames and the window openings. I've started working on these and have the side window openings completed. The frames will be done later. This was one of those scary things to do because it entailed cutting into the cabin side wood. But they came out fine and are ready when I get to the installation (other than sealing with epoxy).

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This is a sampling of most of the side and forward window parts.
This is a sampling of most of the side and forward window parts.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by Sarnian » Sat Jan 25, 2020 2:58 pm

Strong work! Every time you look at those windows you're going to be proud of all that effort.

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