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Monaco builder from Australia

Posted: Wed May 28, 2014 8:14 pm
by LarryMo
I am about to commence building a Monaco runabout in Cairns, North Queensland, Australia. After trawling through the GlenL website for about 12 months I believe I am reasonably well prepared for this exciting challenge. All timber and tools are in my workshop (ex double car port) and I'm about to get sawdust on the floor.

At this stage I am struggling to make sense of the transom and I'm looking to modify the building form.

Any words of wisdom for a novice builder will be welcomed.

Larry...

Re: Monaco builder from Australia

Posted: Wed May 28, 2014 8:41 pm
by Bill Edmundson
Larry

Welcome, I had some time in Cairns last October. If I had known about you, we could have talked.

You should go to the Australian Gathering 2 this October. There will be plenty for you to see and builders to talk to. It's fun too. Including boat rides.

Bill

Re: Monaco builder from Australia

Posted: Wed May 28, 2014 9:15 pm
by LarryMo
Bill,
Great to hear back from someone so soon. I would have enjoyed meeting you and showing you some terrific places in my part of the planet. If ever you are back this way I will make it worth your while. As it turned out, I was over your way enjoying 6 weeks in the New England area. I got to see and meet a number of very keen boat builders at Wolfborough on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire. This really inspired me. I also got to meet Gayle Brantuk whilst in the Los Angeles area. It appears to me, at this early stage, that the boat building fraternity is a really nice bunch.

I am hoping to get to the second Aussie gathering in October/November seeing I couldn't make the first due to being over your way. Tim Major, who built Sucre Comme, will apparently be there and I am really keen to meet him and have a look over his beautiful boat.

I look forward to making the acquaintance of a whole lot of like-minded people involved in various ways with the GlenL stable.

Larry

Re: Monaco builder from Australia

Posted: Wed May 28, 2014 11:28 pm
by Tony Hain
Welcome aboard Larry. Looking forward to following your build. I'm working on a Tahoe 23 and am about half way between Gympie and Maryborough. Hope to see you at the gathering.
Tony Hain

Re: Monaco builder from Australia

Posted: Thu May 29, 2014 1:05 am
by auspete
Hi Larry,
Lots of Aussies on here, I am new myself.
Working on the Missus to get to Yamba but she isn't to good in the car, see how we go.'
Good luck wit h your project keep us posted.
Pete

Re: Monaco builder from Australia

Posted: Thu May 29, 2014 5:09 pm
by Trackhappy
Welcome aboard Larry.
Words of wisdom ..... enjoy the ride, keep us updated, and ask if you need any help. The transom can be a daunting task, but keep looking at others build pictures and it will all make sense eventually.

Re: Monaco builder from Australia

Posted: Thu May 29, 2014 6:45 pm
by jenko
welcome Larry , plenty of builds up in Queensland enjoy your build

Re: Monaco builder from Australia

Posted: Fri May 30, 2014 2:33 am
by ian bell
Welcome aboard,looking forward to your build

Re: Monaco builder from Australia

Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 5:57 pm
by Aussie
Welcome Larry,

From Jamie in Sarina ...near Mackay Qld. I am building the Belle Isle.
Any questions you have someone on here will be able to help you out, there is a wealth of knowledge on here and everyone is more than happy to help out.
If ever coming through Mackay you are welcome to call in for a look and chat...

Jamie

Re: Monaco builder from Australia

Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 2:18 pm
by Bazza
Hi Larry
I'm looking to build the Monaco 20' version at some stage
Do you or anyone here know if the 20' version can be streched 10% or is it the streched version of the 19' ?
What type of timber are you going to use?
Cheers
Bazza

Re: Monaco builder from Australia

Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 3:14 pm
by Bill Edmundson
Barra

The Monaco can be stretched to 21'-3". The Rivera can be stretched to 22'-3" from 20'-4".

Bill

Re: Monaco builder from Australia

Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2014 4:52 am
by Bazza
Hey Bill
Thanks for that
Bazza

Re: Monaco builder from Australia

Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:31 pm
by Bazza
Slab poured yesterday
Now doing the mark out for my workshop!!
Bazza

Re: Monaco builder from Australia

Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 2:52 am
by ian bell
Welcome aboard ,I live at Chambers Flat approx. 35 min from Bris. I am building a Renegade . In your initial set up make sure you can get under to unbolt when you turn over the hull. Luckily my initial set up I could just reach the bolts to undo at full reach . Also remember measure twice cut once ,have a great build
Ian

Re: Monaco builder from Australia

Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 3:45 pm
by Tim Major
Good advise Ian,

Important to be able to get under the boat during the build and before the turn. As with other builders I raised my form height to enable this to happen fairly easily.

Just picked up on your post Larry and good to hear of another Monaco on the way. I think I might have said it before but I'll say it again....The Monaco is a beautiful boat design.....that's why we Monaco builders choose to build it :)

This advise has already been given but I would repeat the importance of studying photographs of similar builds as there is a wealth of information to be had just by looking....and looking at the process helps to get the build procedure a various build techniques into your head.

There are fellow builders in QLD that would be happy I'm sure to help you with advise and show you their boats including 2 or 3 Monaco's

Enjoy your build and keep us posted.

Tim