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Re: Another Vera Cruise build

Posted: Tue May 26, 2020 5:58 am
by nc721
I am making good progress on the bottom planking. I have to say working with 16’ long panels is a bit challenging.

Re: Another Vera Cruise build

Posted: Fri May 29, 2020 5:56 pm
by mrintense
Looks good. I chickened out and used standard 8 foot lengths when I did mine. Putting on the first 8 footer was pretty stressful and I am glad I didn't have to deal with 16 feet. The extra butt joint was not a problem and will be hidden by interior paneling on my boat.

Re: Another Vera Cruise build

Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2020 4:28 pm
by nc721
Finally finished attaching the hull planking. Starting Monday I have two weeks off from work and hope to have the hull fiberglassed during that time.

Re: Another Vera Cruise build

Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2020 5:26 pm
by mrintense
You're making good progress. It's neat to be able to see someone else building the same boat. I see that you veneered the transom. Looks good. If you glass the transom, consider using a lighter weight cloth for that area. I did when I glassed my transom and then used the regular weight cloth for the remainder. It turned out fine. However, one thing to keep in mind is that if you are going to stain the transom, it will need some time to fully cure before applying any epoxy.

Looking forward to seeing more pictures as you progress.

Re: Another Vera Cruise build

Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2020 5:48 pm
by nc721
Thanks Carl. Not planning on using any stain. I like the look of the sapele with the epoxy. Pretty excited about where I am at. There is a chance I am ready to flip this year. Just have to figure out what I am going to do about paint. I plan on keeping the boat in the water when I finish it someday so it will need bottom paint. Looking like an ablative copper type for my area but it would be a waste to apply it so early. Thinking primer on the bottom for now.

Re: Another Vera Cruise build

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 3:06 am
by mrintense
nc721 wrote:
Tue Jun 09, 2020 5:48 pm
Thinking primer on the bottom for now.
THis is what I did as well. It'll be more trouble for me to paint it after I get it on the trailer, but with the extended build time needed plus being unsure of the final paint design (at the time), I elected to wait until later. I agree that applying the ablative now would be a mistake.

Good luck on the flip. Take time to think it through and it will go smoothly. Mine was anti climatic taking all of about 20 minutes.

Re: Another Vera Cruise build

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 3:06 am
by mrintense
nc721 wrote:
Tue Jun 09, 2020 5:48 pm
Thinking primer on the bottom for now.
THis is what I did as well. It'll be more trouble for me to paint it after I get it on the trailer, but with the extended build time needed plus being unsure of the final paint design (at the time), I elected to wait until later. I agree that applying the ablative now would be a mistake.

Good luck on the flip. Take time to think it through and it will go smoothly. Mine was anti climatic taking all of about 20 minutes.

Re: Another Vera Cruise build

Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2020 4:44 pm
by nc721
Skeg is fitted. Hull is faired. Ready for glass.

Re: Another Vera Cruise build

Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:45 pm
by mrintense
Looking great. Before you know it, you'll be flipping here.

Re: Another Vera Cruise build

Posted: Sun Jun 21, 2020 5:09 pm
by nc721
Fiberglass is in progress.

Re: Another Vera Cruise build

Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2020 4:31 am
by mrintense
I smile every time you post new pictures Nick. It brings back memories of my own Vera Cruise. Keep up the good work. At the rate you're building, I wouldn't be surprised if you pass me by.

Re: Another Vera Cruise build

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2020 4:40 pm
by nc721
Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. Life........ Anyway. I have been making some slow but steady progress. Skeg and spray rails are done. One more round of sanding and I should be ready for some paint. Still on schedule to flip this year.

Re: Another Vera Cruise build

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:12 pm
by hoodman
Looks great! Nice hull. Just a suggestion... you may want to taper the aft end of that skeg a little more. It can cause cavitation problems for the outboard.

Re: Another Vera Cruise build

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:32 pm
by Hercdrvr
hoodman wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:12 pm
Looks great! Nice hull. Just a suggestion... you may want to taper the aft end of that skeg a little more. It can cause cavitation problems for the outboard.
I second that suggestion
Matt B

Re: Another Vera Cruise build

Posted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 6:35 am
by mrintense
I shaped mine based upon the drawings in the plans.
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