Lee's Monaco utility build

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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Post by Hercdrvr » Sat Feb 08, 2020 9:40 am

Framed and faired is a beautiful stage of the build.
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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Post by denbrlr » Sat Feb 08, 2020 8:40 pm

Fairing is continuing. I am currently fine tuning the bottom from the transom to frame four. I need to get this right for boat performance reasons. I am curious how others have faired the keel and what tools they used. Thoughts?

Matt,

Getting the fairing done will be a nice milestone to achieve.

Carl,

Thank you. I plan to have her outlast me :)

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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Post by Hercdrvr » Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:15 pm

Belt sander with 36 grit Diablo brand belt all the way for the fairing.
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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Post by footer » Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:00 am

Like Matt said, the belt sander with coarse grit is a god send for many parts of your build. I have a hand held power planer that I used on my keel and a few other places.

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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Post by mrintense » Sun Feb 09, 2020 4:00 pm

I started the keel (and the stem as well) by cutting slots at the frame locations to match the angle they met at. These were approximately 1 inch in width and the angle varied at each frame location. Then using a batten, I connected the depth of the cuts and drew a pencil line. Then rough fairing with an angle grinder (huge amounts of dust) and then finished up by test fitting with scrap plywood clamped into position.

It was an arduous process and quite nerve racking, but eventually I got it done.
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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Post by denbrlr » Mon Feb 10, 2020 3:40 pm

Thank you guys. My hand belt sander is what I have been using. I turned the speed down on it so that helps me not take too much off. I like the idea of a reference line between the frames so I will look into that.

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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Post by denbrlr » Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:14 pm

The bottom is mostly faired. I have a little more work to do on the keel but it is close. I started fine tuning at the stem along the starboard side. I am working my way back. I think the sides will go faster than the bottom...at least until I get closer to the transom. The sheer will be tricky towards the transom.

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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Post by DrBryanJ » Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:59 am

Looking really good. That is a lot of fairing to do.
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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Post by denbrlr » Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:13 pm

Thank you. Yes it is. I have over 20 hours in fairing so far. I think the starboard side is mostly done now. I found a couple of lowish spots on the chine logs so I think I am going to have to epoxy in some thin pieces and then re-fair.

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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Post by Bill Edmundson » Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:01 pm

Lee

I had several low spots to fill in.

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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Post by denbrlr » Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:02 pm

Bill,

That is part of the process I suppose, at least for some of us :oops: I just made another low spot fairing the port side sheer :? I am getting there though. The port side is nearly done :)

Lee

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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Post by Bill Edmundson » Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:30 pm

Lee

A major construction friend once said, "It ain't wrong till I can't fix it!".

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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Post by mrintense » Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:25 am

One of the encouraging things I hear regularly on this forum are the slight mistakes and recoveries. It helps me to get over the mistakes I make . When I was fairing the front of my boat, I had to make several adjustments to the chine on the port side .
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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Post by denbrlr » Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:19 pm

One nice thing is that with these modern epoxies and some extra lumber, you can fix a lot of things along the way...cracks, low spots, cut too deep, cut to short, etc.

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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Post by denbrlr » Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:50 pm

My low spots are fixed and now the fairing is done! Yay :)

On to planking starting with the transom... The plans call for 1/4 inch plywood for the transom and I have 6mm plywood for this. The plans also state that the sides should be 1/2 inch total thickness (including the final lam). For the sides, I will be using two 4mm layers of plywood and a final 4-5mm lam for a total thickness of about 1/2 inch. Does the 1/2 inch total thickness apply to the transom as well? In all of the pictures of other Monaco builds, I haven't seen more than one plywood layer put on the transom before the final lam is put on or at least it isn't clear that more than one layer is put on. What have others done for the transom? Please let me know. Thank you.

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