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Sunday, July 11, 2010

World of Clamps and a Couple of Ventura County Stand-O shots.

Time to get the gunwales on this thing. Enter the "World of Clamps":


The gunwales (pronounced: gun-nuls... we went over this whole pronunciation thing already, didn't we?) are the rails along the top edge of the boat. The wineglass wherry has really cool gunwales made up of a outer rub rail, block spacers and an inwale- the whole combination looks sweet. I'm hoping I can pull it off. Here, I'm gluing together the long pieces of mahogany with epoxy and scarf joints. Check out the glued piece above the clamps, you can see the diagonal scarf joints.


There's tons of bending, flexing and clamping that get the rub rail to follow the lines of the boat's shear (the top edge of one side of the boat). Check out the "World of Clamps". Supposedly, I was to do both sides at once- unfortunately, I don't have a hundred dollars in 3" clamps, so I could only do one side at a time. Darn.


Here you can see the temporary frames that I've put back into the boat to help give it shape as you torque on the rub rail to get it onto the shear. And.... The World of Clamps... again. Kind of cool, huh?


I did take a break about a week ago to go do a paddle trip up in Ventura/Santa Barbara. Here's C.J. with his super small Naish stand-o. That board looks just like a surfboard and it'd be way too tippy for me- C.J., on the other hand, rips the thing all over the place up there.


The surf was pretty small and gutless but every now and then a little pocket would pop up- here's C.J. making the most of it.

3 comments:

Andy G said...

Home Depot chip brushes work fine (they are even cheaper at Harbor Freight) but you've got to "condition" them. Take a few wraps of making or packing tape around your hand, sticky side out. Unwrap a fresh brush and mash it over and over into the tape, rotating your hand as the tape fills up with bristles. Wrap tape again, repeat. 2 or 3 times and all the loose bristles are out, and the brush is ready to go.

Anonymous said...

no SUP'S IN VENTURA PLEASE!!!!!! ENOUGH COSTCO GOONS ON 400 DOLLAR SUP'S GO TO THE HARBOR OR A RIVER STAY OUT OF THE LINEUP

Anonymous said...

go to costo .com anonymous if you do not like the 400$ sup you can get a blow up sup for 379$ use your AE card and get 1% back and if it does not work out for you costco has a easy return policy.see you at the fairgrounds i will be on the pickle fork.