PocketShip in Russia

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Re: PocketShip in Russia

Postby Dmitriy on Thu Apr 28, 2022 8:44 am

So, the keel is ready and waiting for the pouring of lead. It's fairly straight and I like it.
It's time to drive the car out of the garage, put things in order and put the boat there.
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Re: PocketShip in Russia

Postby Dmitriy on Fri Jul 15, 2022 7:05 am

Hello everyone!
I haven't published my report for a long time. I thought I could assemble the hull quickly, but it took several months. In June, I was on vacation, and I expected that every day from morning to evening I would be engaged in a yacht, but instead I had to do household chores and go to the sea with my family :lol:
Today I almost assembled the hull on a wire, my son (9 years old) helped me a lot.
It was very difficult to fight with plywood in the bow. But I won the bottom panels quickly. And the side did not win.
And some photos. (Yes, I know, I need to clean up the garage urgently :roll: )
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Re: PocketShip in Russia

Postby Dmitriy on Fri Jul 15, 2022 7:23 am

And now a few features.

1. In order to be able to move the cradles around the garage, I attached wheels from below.

2. When I was assembling the bottom panels, I put the bulkhead-1, it helped me to quickly make the correct bend of the bow.

3. A large hole is formed in the bottom between bulkheads-1 and 2, where the keelson ends. I think this is a design feature. It will be necessary to seal it with a splinter.

4. The cleat on the bulkhead-2 turned out to be about 1 cm higher than the body panels, although I glued it according to the drawing. It was not possible to provide an ideal floor level - the rest of the frames also "dance" a little.

5. Holes for stitching parts in some places are missing or do not match.

6. The corners of the cleat on the bulkhead-1 had to be cut off so that it coincided with the side panels.
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Re: PocketShip in Russia

Postby Dmitriy on Fri Jul 22, 2022 9:24 am

Today I fiberglassed the aft compartment. I did spot welding all over the hull on the outside, so I had a clean place to work inside. I pulled out bulkhead 8, smeared it with epoxy and put it back on the wire. In order to avoid intermediate sanding and to ensure a better bond, I decided to lay the fiberglass immediately after the fillet.

When making the fillet, I got carried away and made a very thick layer on top of the keelson.
Combining fillet and fiberglass was very tiring. Yes, I could flatten the fillets with my finger, but there were a lot of small air bubbles. I had to spend time and pierce them with a needle. But hundreds of small bubbles remained in the center above the kilson, I could not defeat them.
I am consoled by the thought that these bubbles are not on the hull.
I spent about 5 hours on this compartment and was very tired. I am 185 cm tall, but even I find it difficult to reach the middle of the compartment.

And a few words about plywood. I used birch plywood for the hull and bulkheads. It is strong and clean, but heavy. I think it's about the same weight as a sapele. To lighten the stern, I made the transom from pine plywood with a layer of larch. It is lighter than birch and has a wood grain, but not as smooth.
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Re: PocketShip in Russia

Postby Hooky on Sat Jul 23, 2022 8:29 pm

G’day Dmitiry,
Your build is progressing well, we are at similar stages, how are you going with the fillets? They seem to go forever, I have just completed the fillets on the frames and Bulkheads and currently laying the bottom to hull side fillets. I am taking my time doing a neat job as these are seen inside the cabin. I haven’t tackled the Sections forward of Bulkhead 2 yet, I’m waiting for my arms to grow a bit longer lol. I have lost a few kilos in weight climbing in and out of the boat so it’s proving to be a good expertise programme.
Keep up the good work
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Re: PocketShip in Russia

Postby Dmitriy on Sun Jul 24, 2022 11:53 pm

Hello, Terry!
I decided to do my fillets in separate sections and immediately lay the fiberglass. I made the section between the transom and bh8 a few days ago as a training. Yesterday I made a section between bh1 and bh2. I installed the fiberglass about 3 hours after the fillet and they were in the right condition, everything went much better. I agree with you - it is very difficult to work in the bow sections, you have to be like a worm.
Next step I want to make a section between bh8 and bh7. Then remove floor6 and floor5 and lay fiberglass between bh7 and floor4, and put floor5 and floor6 on top and reinforce with tape. And then the space between floor4 and bh2.

I see you wetting the seam in front of the fillet. But it was not mentioned in the instructions. I understand that you want to achieve better bonding, but is there any doubt that fillets without wetting hold worse?
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Re: PocketShip in Russia

Postby Hooky on Mon Jul 25, 2022 1:57 am

The rationale of doing this is to prevent a dry joint and make a much stronger joint however if all your fillets are covered with a layer of glass cloth or tape they will be still very strong.
So don't worry mate this is the way an old, retired boat builder with too much time on his hands does things lol.
keep up the good work
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Re: PocketShip in Russia

Postby Dmitriy on Mon Jul 25, 2022 3:06 am

Thanks! I often get the feeling that I am doing something wrong or that something can be done better. This thought is distracting while working.
It will be a shame if I finish the construction, and the finished ship will be covered with cracks.
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Re: PocketShip in Russia

Postby doug@dougbraun.com on Mon Jul 25, 2022 12:20 pm

About getting the panes to meet near the bow: Here is what worked for me:

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The temporary screws you see go into temporary blocks on the inside, which are 3 or 4 inches tall.
Also, if necessary drill holes for additional stitches.


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Re: PocketShip in Russia

Postby Dmitriy on Tue Jul 26, 2022 1:37 am

Thanks for advice, Doug!
I solved this problem by reading the forum, looking at the manual and other blogs. In general, I saw that all the problems that I encountered had already been met by someone in old topics. So the forum is very helpful.
I am very pleased to feel your support, it gives me strength
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