Taxmasta’s Tug Along 16

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Re: Taxmasta’s Tug Along 16

Postby taxmasta » Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:45 pm

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I drilled a small hole in the bottom corner of each side piece so I could use nylon rope to bring the sides together. It works great! You bring the sides inward with the rope, do a few stitches, then tighten again, and so forth until the entire side is stitched to the bottom. Also solved my problem at the bow with the stem not coming together at the top. Put a c-clamp on each side, then ran rope between and tightened. Brought it in better than other ways I tried. Got the idea from a picture in the Glen-L stitch and glue manual.

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Re: Taxmasta’s Tug Along 16

Postby hoodman » Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:21 am

It's fun to watch these stitch and glue designs come together. Great job!

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Re: Taxmasta’s Tug Along 16

Postby taxmasta » Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:48 am

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Transom and motorboard cut and dry fitted. I have my stern arc assembled, but when I lined it up with one of the sides and tried to clamp it in place, my butt block started to crack. I realized the butt block needs reinforced, since it’s recessed to 1/4” thickness where the plywood meets. So i’m going to epoxy another 1x4 on top of each butt block, and hopefully that will allow me to clamp the butt blocks to the sides and make the plywood stern arc bend instead.
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I was having problems bending the sides out at station 1 so I could fit in my athwartships beam, but I came up with this solution to get the width I need. I’m within 3 inches, so i’m going to let it sit and conform for a little, and then try for the last few inches. Worst case scenario - I have to settle for what I have now. There’s outward flare now though, so I think it would be ok.

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Re: Taxmasta’s Tug Along 16

Postby hoodman » Wed Aug 22, 2018 5:09 am

Have you tried soaking that area with hot water and towels? It really helps.

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Re: Taxmasta’s Tug Along 16

Postby taxmasta » Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:00 pm

I’m a little paranoid about letting that much moisture into my plywood. I need specifics. Boiling water or just hot water? How long a soak? How do you dry the plywood after, and for how long?

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Re: Taxmasta’s Tug Along 16

Postby hoodman » Wed Aug 22, 2018 3:01 pm

Lay a couple of layers of towels on the stubborn areas and then pour boiling water slowly onto the towels. Let that soak for 15 minutes and then try bending again. Brace it all in place and then you can remove the towels and let dry. The plywood will somewhat keep that shape after you let the clamps go but it should be much easier to get it bent where you need it. The wood will be fine (that's why you bought marine ply with waterproof glue). It will raise the grain a little bit. But you're going to have to sand later anyway.

I had to do it in the bow section of my Geronimo. The bending went from impossible to not to bad after soaking.

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Re: Taxmasta’s Tug Along 16

Postby taxmasta » Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:25 am

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My tunnel and transom assembled, but not glued. Waiting to fit stern arc before I epoxy the tunnel sides and transom into place for good.
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I ended up soaking my fore sides in boiling water so I could get some more bend out of them. I think I’m going to put a bulkhead at station one rather than just an athwartships beam. I think this will: 1. Make sure my flare is equal on both sides, and 2. Give me a compartment below the bulkhead lip to pour flotation foam in the bow.


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