Lee's Monaco utility build

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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Post by TomB » Sun Jan 05, 2020 6:10 am

Congratulations Lee,

Much of the shear will be faired off at the bow. Now would be a good time to add a fourth layer between the forward frames so you have some meat to fasten too with the next layer of shear and the sub-deck after the flip.

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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Post by denbrlr » Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:39 pm

Thank you guys.

Matt,

I need to work more on the bottom batten closest to the keel because it had more bend in it than I think it should but one step at a time.

Tom,

I wondered about doing something like that. I might wait until after the flip and add material at that time if needed.

Lee

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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Post by Hercdrvr » Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:31 pm

Lee,
I only brought 1 of the bottom battens all the way to the stem. The other 2 stopped at the last frame. Not saying it’s the right way to do it but so far it hasn’t been wrong and I don’t think it changed the shape.
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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Post by denbrlr » Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:39 pm

I adjusted the bottom batten closest to the stem/keel and I like this setup better. A lot of material is going to have to come off of the stem during fairing. I guess this is right but it is more than I expected.

Matt B.,

Now that I am to this point in the build and looked closer at other build pictures, I noticeed a lot of variation on how different people have done the bottom battens near the bow. Your approach is one of those variations :)

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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Post by denbrlr » Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:17 pm

The bottom battens are mostly done except for epoxying them. I need to do some fairing at the stem before I figure out where to position the two innermost battens (nearest the keel) on the stem. I started on the side batten notches. Three down, 51 to go :?

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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Post by mrintense » Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:57 pm

It's the repetitive parts that really strain one's patience. :D :D

I've found when I have tasks like this, that it helps to periodically look at other builds on You Tube or in pictures, or follow along on some other long term project or restoration. This usually gets me motivated enough to go back out and do some more repetition.

Looking good Lee. You're getting there.
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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Post by denbrlr » Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:58 pm

Thank you Carl.

All side batten notches are done :) I was dry fitting one of the starboard battens and broke part of frame 7 :shock: That was fun :? I created a sister and re-attached the piece. Not a huge deal but I hope to avoid more breaks.

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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Post by denbrlr » Tue Jan 28, 2020 8:13 pm

The final fix for frame 7 is shown. The bottom battens are all done and epoxied and two of the three port side battens are done and epoxied. The remaining four side battens (one port and three starboard) are ready to be epoxied. I will be fairing soon :) :) I am at 402 hours.

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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Post by denbrlr » Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:27 pm

The battens are all done so I am glad to reach that milestone :) I started fairing today. My belt sander is my tool of choice to do the initial heavy lifting. It works good but I have to be careful not to take too much off. It sure makes a lot of dust on the floor even with my dust collector connected. At least the dust doesn't not fly up in the air.

Has anyone else had trouble reaching the keel towards the middle and back part of the boat during fairing or it that just me?

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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Post by denbrlr » Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:08 pm

Fairing is progressing. Messy, messy :) One of my battens cracked at frame 7 during fairing and I thought, oh no! but no need to panic. I epoxied a support piece on the inside of the forward part of the batten to provide extra strength. Okay, I have had enough cracks... :shock:

For the cold molding, I plan to use Raptor staples (9/16 inch at the frames and 1/4 inch in the field) with an Omer 81 pneumatic stapler. I have some questions. For those that have used the Omer staplers, have you used the trigger safety style or the nose safety style? Which works better? Also, have any of you used the long magazine style? It seems like the long magazine would get in the way. Please let me know. Thank you.

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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Post by Hercdrvr » Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:50 pm

Hi Lee,
I used the Raptor with the trigger guard. No complaints.
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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Post by neel thompson » Mon Feb 03, 2020 3:46 am

Lee,,, I have the trigger guard on my Raptor staple gun and it does the job and easy to get used to. That thing holds a bunch of staples, so the standard magazine has worked fine for me.

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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Post by denbrlr » Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:06 pm

Thank you Matt and Neel.

Lee

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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Post by denbrlr » Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:11 pm

Rough fairing is done everywhere and now I am fine tuning. I think the chines are mostly done and the stem from the chines towards the keel is getting there. I know this is an important step and I am trying to take my time. I have 10ish hours in fairing already and it wouldn't surprise me if I end up in the 40 hour range by the time I am done.

My Omer stapler and my first batch of composite staples arrived today :) I ordered 9/16 staples for attaching the planking to the frames. I also ordered 1/4 inch staples for the "in the field" staples once I get to the second and third layers. I don't know why I ordered 1/4 inch though because I don't think they are long enough. My planking plywood is 4mm so not much of the 1/4 staple (about 0.1 inch) will embed into the next layer. I think I might need 3/8 inch.

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Re: Lee's Monaco utility build

Post by mrintense » Sat Feb 08, 2020 8:56 am

Lee, the boat looks nice and solid. She's going to be a strong boat when finished.
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