Biss's Malahini Build

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Biss
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Re: Biss's Malahini Build

Postby Biss » Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:50 am

Picked up the marine ply before the labor day weekend. I was able to get all the ply i needed locally at Little Rock Boat Builder Supply. They didnt have enough Meranti so i also got some Okoume as well. I started fitting the side planking this weekend and I'm glad I got some of the Okoume, because it is much easier to bend. I had two sheets in 1/4" and was able to strategically cut them to cover both sides of the bow and stern sections. Then just a small piece of the Meranti between the two. I will be painting the hull so no concerns with matching grain/colors. Should glue up one side tonight.

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Fitting side planking
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Side planking

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Re: Biss's Malahini Build

Postby PeterG » Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:40 pm

Nicely done side planking! The Okoume is great stuff, especially for its flexibility. Will you be using Okoume ply for the bottom planking? It's got quite a curve at the bow...
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Re: Biss's Malahini Build

Postby Biss » Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:13 am

I did get some 3/8" Okoume as well. I plan to use that for the aggressive bends at the bow. Unfortunately I didn't get to the glue up last night; life got in the way!. Hopefully I can get to it tonight.

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Re: Biss's Malahini Build

Postby GL3z » Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:42 pm

It's coming along well. Keep up the great work

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Re: Biss's Malahini Build

Postby Biss » Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:54 am

Thanks for the encouragement. Since my last post I've installed the side planking, faired the side planking to the chine, and installed one aft piece of bottom planking. Lots and lots of screw in the bottom planking. Wasn't sure if is was going to get them all in before the glue started to gel, but I made it!

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Side planking installed


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"Transition Joint"


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Bottom Planking

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hoodman
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Re: Biss's Malahini Build

Postby hoodman » Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:01 am

Looks great, you're kicking butt!

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Re: Biss's Malahini Build

Postby nybhh » Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:56 pm

Your speed is inspiring and it certainly doesn't seem as if the quality is suffering! It looks great. How often/days per week are you getting a chance to work on it?
-Brandon

Biss
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Re: Biss's Malahini Build

Postby Biss » Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:38 pm

Thanks for the compliments. I cut the first piece of wood on July 22nd and have spent approxmately 80 hrs working on it to date. All the work has been done on weekends and evenings.

It really helped me, I think, by reviewing several other boat builds, mostly malahini and zip, before I started as well as during the build. That allows me to just dive right in and not over think it. The typical mistakes or difficulties are usually described pretty well in the forum posts. Big thanks to all those that have taken the time to post their experiences!

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Re: Biss's Malahini Build

Postby Hercdrvr » Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:52 pm

Your sheet planking looks very nice and neat, good job.
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Re: Biss's Malahini Build

Postby PeterG » Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:02 pm

Impressive! Keep up the good work and posting pics!
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Biss
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Re: Biss's Malahini Build

Postby Biss » Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:29 pm

Thanks again for the compliments! So I insatalled the other aft bottom panel. I also glued in the butt blocks. I guess I will try to tackle the forward bottom planking this weekend. This looks like it will be really 'fun.'

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Bottom planking & butt blocks

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Re: Biss's Malahini Build

Postby Hercdrvr » Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:27 pm

Yep, it can be a wrestling match with those forward bottom sheets. You shall prevail though,
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Re: Biss's Malahini Build

Postby Biss » Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:48 pm

Well I got the forward bottom planking on. A wrestling match it was! I used hot water/towels to help with the tight bends.

Forward of the transition joint, I transferred the cut line to the outside of the ply and actually cut with a reciprocating saw while the panel was in place. I then refined the cut with a block plane and sander. Worked really well and I didn't have to remove the panel for cutting. After fitting I traced to another sheet of ply for the other side. After the glue cured, I trimmed and faired smooth. It all turned out pretty good. Pics below

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Panel ready for install


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Panel installed


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Planking installed and trimmed

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Re: Biss's Malahini Build

Postby Biss » Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:53 pm

Here are a couple more pics of the transition joints at the chine an stem.

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Joint at chine


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Joint at stem

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Re: Biss's Malahini Build

Postby hoodman » Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:04 pm

Planking done! Nice clean joints. Congrats!


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