- Oct 21, 2013View SourceI painted my Classic 10 with unpigmented water based Porch and Floor Enamel to get the opaque look. It is striking when new. Richard
On Tuesday, October 15, 2013 1:13 PM, crier roger <rogercrier@...> wrote:
I am building my Junior Whitehall with superglue joints as it proved to be much stronger in all tests. ( All oak construction)If you are not careful, any lashings could appear as lumps under the covering, and will also be "rubbing points"! The Kevlar can be combed flat, and I suppose the lashings could be done with great care to get a similar result.Despite the plans saying not to bother, I built strong plywood stations, and then took great care to twist each stringer so it hit every station location point in sympathy with the lie of the covering. It took ages, was a pain in the arse, but was worth it. I couldn't have lived with corner interfaces with the covering. (With all my stringers providing flat surfaces for the covering, I may even be silly/stupid enough to attempt a clear Mylar ship lap skin to get the "Crystal boat" effect that Platt did once! Tests using double sided tape are excellent regarding grip, but the clear Mylar will damage easily and there will almost certainly be a Titanic moment)The ribs are left to sit naturally inside the stringers, especially towards the ends, and gaps are carefully filled. Forcing them would not have worked well.With the advent of 3D printers, all this will be "old hat" soon :o)On 14 October 2013 21:13, <peter@...> wrote:Well this is just an opinion and an unscientific one at that. I cannot imagine these boats built without epoxy, the strength of the epoxy enables the lightweight nature of the craft. I have two classic 12's neither of which I built, although I have built glued lap Annapolis Wherry. I would never consider lashing an airolite, even with wire. That said one of my craft was obviously put together with care and you cannot see any epoxy unless you go looking for it. The other was put together with a little too much epoxy paste hear and there.
---In Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com, <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I've been pouring through the archives and all over the web about these boats and others like them and I have a couple questions:1. In looking at the plans, I see the stringers are 3/8" square. That seems awfully thin. Is that ever a problem on these boats? Would it make the boat stronger/stiffer to use thicker stringers?2. I would love to lash the ribs and stringers in this boat, mostly because I just like the way it looks, I would prefer to use epoxy as little as possible and I have always been a knot guy (some would say a knot-head). I saw the pictures on this site of one that was completed with lashings. It was so beautiful. How have they held up? How do you deal with lashings where just the corner of the stringer touches the rib?I'm just about to put my strongback together, so I don't need these answers right away. I finished building a Puddle Duck racer this summer and it sails really well for what it is, but I don't want to trailer it and even at 100 lbs, my back isn't liking it. That's why I'm building this one, so I can throw it on the car or pickup and head down to the lake without too much strain.Thanks,Doug C.