Building The Vera Cruise

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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by footer » Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:04 am

Nice job on the jig and a great idea. It’s cool seeing the roof come together.
It would be nice if you could build things in the cabin that could be moved or removed as your needs change. But I know that’s not always feasible.
Very impressive so far. 😀

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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by Aussie » Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:00 am

Looking great Carl!

Cat wait to see the top on

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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by mrintense » Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:45 am

Thanks everyone. Yes, I am making good progress this weekend. The weather warmed up so it's bearable in the garage now. I'll be cleaning up the installation of the forward window assemblies, which was completed yesterday. Pics on that a bit later.

While waiting for epoxy to cure, I worked on the forward doublers for the top of the assembly (this will give the forward edge of the roof a place to bond to). I also started and mostly completed a brace for the center pillar. This is one of those ideas I had way back when starting the boat and am finally getting to the point of making. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.

After I get the forward window assemblies cleaned up, I'll install the brace.

Original prototype is on the right, left one is in work.
Original prototype is on the right, left one is in work.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by mrintense » Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:12 pm

Okay, so it's taking a bit longer to get the forward windows fitted to the roof line. But here are some photos of the progress so far. The roof ties into the forward window assemblies at the narrow doublers in the first picture. The roof battens also tie into this doubler.

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Here is one of the roof battens test fitting into the doubler
Here is one of the roof battens test fitting into the doubler
Here is a sample piece of the roof plywood, test fitting into the doubler. The material above the plywood will be trimmed off.
Here is a sample piece of the roof plywood, test fitting into the doubler. The material above the plywood will be trimmed off.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by chugalug » Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:59 am

Looks good,Carl. looks like you'll be in the water before me this year. :D
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by acflynn » Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:00 am

Carl, the complexity and fine fit and finish here are outstanding! I know it's still in progress, but I can really visualize this cabin coming together. Great job!
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by mrintense » Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:06 pm

Thanks Tim and Andrew,

Tim,
I am not even sure I will get it in the water next year! So much to do yet just in the structure let alone systems and finish.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by mrintense » Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:51 pm

Here'a a quick update shot of the front window assembly. All the major parts are fitted now and I'll be gluing the remainder in place this weekend. Then on to fitting the roof plywood.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by acflynn » Fri Feb 21, 2020 6:32 pm

Have you decided on a headliner yet? Didn't know if you were going fabric or natural wood.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by mrintense » Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:02 pm

acflynn wrote:
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Have you decided on a headliner yet? Didn't know if you were going fabric or natural wood.

Not sure yet. Thinking wood. I saw a technique for making faux paneling that looked ideal for this area and I will do some experimenting to see if I like it well enough to use it. However, interior trim work is a long way off for me. I am focusing on getting the boat functional for the next year or two because there is still a lot to do to even accomplish that. Once I launch her, I'll be working on the finish work. Only exception to that will be painting the areas of the exterior that I plan on painting. Even that is going to be basic white to start.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by DrBryanJ » Sat Feb 22, 2020 3:35 am

Carl: I wasn't quite understanding the windshield bracket you made before. Now I get it. Everything looks fantastic!!
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by JimmY » Sat Feb 22, 2020 7:19 am

Truly amazing workmanship fitting that all together.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by mrintense » Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:49 am

Thanks Jimmy and Bryan.

I remember Matt (hoodman) mentioning how much work it was to make and install his windshield on his Geronimo. I can certainly appreciate that more now.

I just spent the last three hours installing the two forward doublers and roof battens. Installation was somewhat painful, but what really made it a chore was working under that low roof line. Reminded me a lot of when I was working on the inside of the hull when it was still upside down. Well, anyway those parts are installed now. Tomorrow, I'll clean them up. I am also going to install the center window pillar brace today. That should complete initial assembly before moving onto fitting and installing the roof plywood.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by Baron » Sat Feb 22, 2020 4:54 pm

Beautiful. I like those window frames.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by footer » Sun Feb 23, 2020 3:41 am

I agree with getting her done enough to launch her. The details will come in time. Life is not a given, play while you can.
I launched mine last year and had a blast. Now I am working on all the details I didn’t get done then. I also learned some things that needed to be changed.
She’s looking great!

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