Grapeview Point Boat Works

81 E Grapeview Point Rd + Allyn, WA 98524 + 360-277-9015 + boat_works@yahoo.com

Building a Glued Lapstrake Rangeley Lake Boat

Page 9: Turning her over

The brass stem band
The brass stem band

The stem bands are attached temporarily so that we can finish fairing the outer stems. We used brass round head screws right now, but we'll countersink flat head bronze screws when we're done.

The hull is a very interesting shape. A lot of curves, very hollow in places, and quite full in others. At the waterline, the bow and stern are quite fine, especially with outer stems faired. Above the waterline, the hull becomes fuller, which should help the nearly vertical stem rise to meet waves (and powerboat wakes).

Bilge rub strake
Bilge rub strake

The bilge rub strakes are also temporarily fitted. They will come off for painting.

And she's off the mold. It always takes a bit of a tug, and a search for forgotten screws, but in the end, they all come off.

The boat off the mold
The boat off the mold

Most of the excess glue has been removed. There is still a bit at the stems. A heat gun softens the excess cured epoxy enough that a scraper can be used to get back down to wood. The result is that the sharp corners of the planking and other structure are preserved. This is good work for those chilly mornings while the shop stove is warming up.

Marking the sheer
Marking the sheer

Now that the sweep of the sheer is easier to judge, we clamped a batten around the marks taken from the molds to see if they create a fair curve. Wonder of wonders, they did. No adjustments necessary.




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