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[bolger] Re: Starting the Topaz

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  • Donald Hodges
    Brad, maybe I have been asleep at the switch, but I don t recall what Topaz is; do you have a web url or picture to post, showing the boat or her lines? Don
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 1, 1999
      Brad, maybe I have been asleep at the switch, but I don't recall what
      "Topaz" is; do you have a web url or picture to post, showing the boat or
      her lines?

      Don Hodges
      Lynn Haven, FL
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: <sailormon@...>
      To: <bolger@...>
      Sent: Thursday, September 30, 1999 6:37 PM
      Subject: [bolger] Starting the Topaz


      > I early on mentioned the problem of getting plywood at a good cost and
      > light weight. Wellll, contrary to my early expectation, birch ply did
      > not come in on the light side. I think it has to do with what they use
      > for the cores. Luan for instance was much lighter.
      > To those of you who are interested. I spent last evening and today
      > building the sides of the cabins and framing the windows. To put this
      > in perspective, they are about 12' long at this point. The whole cabin
      > will be about 14' to 15' when finished. I expect by tomorrow evening I
      > will be done and working on the roof. Sounds silly, but I am doing the
      > smaller items first as my shop will not handle the 30' pieces and will
      > have to be built elswhere. For those like myself and my wife who like
      > to dream, building the cabin sides first is neat. I placed them on a
      > workbench, which brought them to the exact height as the finished boat.
      > And presto we were inside her and at sea.
      > For those who are looking for quick idea's. A lot of moulding pieces
      > were used around all the windows, about 20 to each side. I used epoxy
      > glue of course and spaced finishing nails along the wood as a way of
      > clamping. These will be removed tomorrow and the holes filled as the
      > mahagany is to be kept bright. Brad Raby
      >
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