Tunnel King Build

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Tunnel King Build

Postby SJC » Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:01 pm

I just registered on the forum here.
I received the Tunnel King plans about 3 weeks ago and have made some progress.

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Re: Tunnel King Build

Postby Roberta » Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:27 am

Welcome!! Look's really nice, so far!! Keep posting pics.

Roberta :D :D :D :D
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Re: Tunnel King Build

Postby SJC » Fri Aug 29, 2014 7:49 pm

Here are a couple of shots from last weekend. I have about 4 full days into the boat at this point.

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Re: Tunnel King Build

Postby SJC » Sun Aug 31, 2014 7:02 pm

There is a great write up about the Tunnel King in the Online Glen L newsletter, so I won't be posting too many how to instructions. But I will mention where I deviate from those instructions and why. I will be building the boat as designed, except where I screw things up :lol:

Supplies, ready to go. I really think the WEST Six-10 epoxy makes assembling parts very easy. So I have lots of that on hand.

Also I am using all Silicon bronze screws, no nails. And, of course, one can not have too many clamps!!!

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Re: Tunnel King Build

Postby SJC » Sun Aug 31, 2014 7:07 pm

A couple of shots of a joint on the transom. Some fun woodworking here. Skins are 1088 Okoume plywood, lumber is mostly Sapele with some Douglass Fir here and there to lighten thing up a bit. The Sapele is very heavy.


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Re: Tunnel King Build

Postby Cabron » Sun Aug 31, 2014 8:59 pm

Nice collection of clamps you have. I like how you have them organized.

You were smart to buy all of your resin and adhesive all at once.

Pics are great. Your process of doing something, a product, a special tool.
I love them all and love to see other peoples techniques.

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Re: Tunnel King Build

Postby SJC » Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:48 pm

I saw some of the scarfing jigs and methods on other threads here. Wow. I just eyeball with a power plan then clean up with the Clifton.
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Re: Tunnel King Build

Postby SJC » Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:51 pm

With these two tools I have no trouble cutting in the notches for chine and sheer.
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And a gratuitous shot of my last boatbuilding project with the Tunnel King in the background.

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Re: Tunnel King Build

Postby SJC » Mon Sep 01, 2014 6:03 pm

Last update for today. I epoxied the top side of the two tunnel pieces. Then installed them with two hundred or so screws. This is one area where I have deviated from the plans. Glen calls for fasteners every 2.5 " along the edges of the tunnel panels and 6" spacing in the battens. That would be 281 screws to secure a 3' x 16' piece of plywood. :shock: I have lots of faith in modern adhesives, so I changed the 2.5" to 4", still over 200 screws. 80 mph here we come!!! 8)

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Re: Tunnel King Build

Postby Roberta » Tue Sep 02, 2014 4:26 am

Looking Great!! Love the kayack, too!!

Roberta :D :D :D :D :D
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Re: Tunnel King Build

Postby SJC » Wed Sep 03, 2014 6:57 pm

Margaritas during boatbuilding?

No, I use my Vitamixer to make wood flour. I start with shavings from under the table saw run those in the Vitamixer for a few minutes and this becomes wood flour. I mix the flour with epoxy for a heavy, difficult to sand filler for fillets :lol: Hey it's free. and the color matches for those clearcoated areas.

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Re: Tunnel King Build

Postby tug » Tue Sep 16, 2014 4:56 am

I'm very much looking forward to following this build. I've always thought that if I build a fast boat this would be the one id choose.

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Re: Tunnel King Build

Postby LSaupe » Tue Sep 16, 2014 5:08 pm

Glad to see one of these being built. What do you plan in using for power?

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Re: Tunnel King Build

Postby SJC » Wed Sep 17, 2014 8:08 pm

My engine plans are for a 1970s Mercury Tower of Power. I have been talking with several folks over on Scream and Fly and the consensus seems to be that shortening the transom for a short shaft would be a good idea. A lower CG is rarely a bad thing. I have a line on a Merc 150 short shaft locally, so all of that is coming together.

I am doing some fiberglass work on the tunnel now. A few more days of filling and sanding and I should be ready to glass the tunnel. I am doing that before all of the other framing, such as the shear , because it will not be possible to work in the tunnel once the sponsons are built out without actually climbing onto the boat. In the current stage I can lean right into the tunnel and sand sand sand. :?

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Re: Tunnel King Build

Postby LSaupe » Thu Sep 18, 2014 5:35 pm

Sounds like a good combination. 150 HP should really make this thing scoot. Cant wait to get your ride report :o)


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