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Author Topic: ALMOST DONE!~  (Read 19 times)

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« on: February 06, 2018, 05:00:15 PM »
Installed the bench seats.  Used a piece of luan to estimate the size and found two nice long3/4 inch Afr.Mahogany to finish the job. I shouldn't have installed the stern trim because this made laying the seats more giant pieces to a puzzle that need a perfect fit.  (My seats are about 11 inches wide FYI)

The rudder was finished off and installed.  Cutting the hole in the transom at the correct angle to account for the tiller required alot of measuring and visualization... you only get one shot at this point!

The hardware for the bow was installed.  The Mast hoop requires three fasteners.  Mine was through bolted on both ends and screwed in the middle.

As you can see, I chose a rigging setup in the stern a little different than what the plans call for.

My next big job is making the spars.  Learning about spar gauges right now.

I will be done this year...Hooray!

Didn't you know...12 1/2 stands for 12 1/2 years!

Steven Andree

« Last Edit: February 06, 2018, 05:07:49 PM by stevenandree »


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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2018, 09:12:49 PM »
Very nice work! I think the mainsheet rigging is more like the Herrschoff way and seems to be what Reineck recommends.  You went with single piece seats -very ambitious.  I found long af. mahogany, but not wide enough for a single cut.  Good advise on waiting to trim until after seat installation.  The interior is gorgeous.  I hope to come close to that (in a couple of years).  Thanks for posting.


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