Another Vera Cruise build

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Re: Another Vera Cruise build

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Curse you spell check!

Looking good.
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Thanks Jimmy. Yeah spell check. Should be carlings not darlings. Lol
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I remember well the "filleting" you mention. I was doing mine in the dead of summer so I had to spread it out over a couple of months and do other things occasionally.
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Nick,

Things are looking good :) Glad you found a way to make scarf joints that works for you. There are different ways to do it. It is important that the cuts are consistent so the two pieces of the mated joint match well so you get a good joint. Also, remember not to clamp too tightly and squeeze too much epoxy out :wink: Here is a picture of one of my Monaco motor stringers that were made by laminating two pieces together. Notice the epoxy layer between the two laminated pieces and also in the scarf joint. The two pieces will slide when clamping a scarf joint so watch out for that. You will need to clamp the two pieces to keep them from moving and then clamp the scarf joint.

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Hi Lee. Thanks for the feedback. I drill locating holes and use nails to keep the pieces from slipping. Have tried a couple of different methods. I had good results with the circular saw attachment from west systems for scarfing 3/8 ply for the hull. I built a jig for my router that I used on chines and battens but it was only 5” wide and the carling is 6”. I was a little nervous about all of these methods at first but all have turned out to be easier than expected.
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Nick,

I made two table saw jigs to cut my scarf joints. One jig is used for the first cut and it goes a little over half way. Then you use the other jig and flip the board over and do the other half of the cut. I used a table next to the table saw to allow me to safely slide the boards during the cut. With a little fine tuning, this technique works really well and would work for a six inch wide board. Here are some pictures.

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Nice jig Lee. Gonna have too make one of those.
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Starting to build interior structure. Currently working on the rope/ chain locker. Fillets went in tonight. If the weather stays warm enough fiberglass by the end of the week.
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Looks familiar Nick! :D :D

What are your plans for the anchor well access. I finally settled on a small hatch up forward, but considered all sorts of crazy ideas. Mine has a small storage space below the anchor well which is accessed from the V berth. But the anchor well is only accessible form the top (after I cut the lid in). It does have two drain scuppers at the aft corners that drain overboard.
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Hi Carl. Planning on the same idea with the drain scuppers. As for access I am thinking a small hatch located to one side. I needed over 12 inches of fall to accommodate the electric windlass for the anchor. Ended up with close to 20 inches but that didn’t leave enough room for a usable compartment underneath. Hope that makes sense. Epoxy work is done for the season up here in New York so I will be working on getting the carling cut and fitted next. Kind of glad for the slow down of winter. Gives me time to figure out how the next few steps will all fit together.
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Another build season has begun. Bit of a rocky start. Tent cover caved in over the winter so had to replace that and well life happens. Any way weather is good and I am back to work. Rope locker is glassed and inside fillet and encapsulation is progressing.
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Fiberglassing the chain locker was a bit of a challenge for me at the time. I had messed up my back and it was quite painful bending over to get it done. Mine is much shallower because of the storage underneath so I can imagine bending down to get all the way into yours was not easy.

As you move forward with the interior, especially if you plan to deviate from the plans, take the time to mock things up and plan. There are so many things to think about, it can get dizzying at times. Lists help here.

The other thing is think in terms of future maintenance and think in terms of what needs to get done for the launch and what can be done later. If you get too wrapped up in details, it will considerably delay the launch.
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All good advice Carl. The inside corners and weird angles in the rope locker were definitely challenging. Btw how did your scuppers in your rope locker turn out? Not quite sure how I am going to accomplish that. Was thinking about using transom drains so I could plug them when not in use.
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All good advice Carl. The inside corners and weird angles in the rope locker were definitely challenging. Btw how did your scuppers in your rope locker turn out? Not quite sure how I am going to accomplish that. Was thinking about using transom drains so I could plug them when not in use.
What I did was make a template that fit in the location I wanted to make the scuppers. The template was two circles connected with lines. The circles had their center points marked. After taping them in position, I marked the center points of the circles in the wood using a a scribe. Then I drilled small holes at these locations. These were my center holes. The circles on the templates were a common hole size, can't remember what at the moment, but using the small holes I gradually up drilled them until they matched the pilot drill on the hole saws.

All of this was done before I placed the bottom of the compartment in place (although I had it's location drawn on the plywood. Then I just used the hole saw and drilled out the circles. I made initial cuts on the inside, then finished the holes from the outside.

It was a bit scary because I was afraid I would get the holes in the wrong location (but I got them correct). The I drew lines connecting the circles and cut them out. Some sanding and epoxy work finished them off.

Here's the deal. The chain/rope compartment bottom was mounted at a slight angle aft to allow water to drain to the aft point of the compartment. The holes remain open all the time and are at the rear corners of the compartment. Any water in there will drain out when the boat tips one way or the other.

I originally thought about also angling the bottom downwards towards the sides, but making that piece didn't work out so I went with the simpler flat bottom just angled back.

Sorry if this is confusing. But I am not going to worry about plugging the holes. I have a friend with a similar arrangement and it works fine for him.

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A few more.

There's a storage compartment under the rope locker (accessible from the inside of the boat)

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