Squaring Up

This photo shows the starboard hull backbone, lined up on a zero mark (the blue tape), and blocked in place along a reference wire stretched along the floor. The lower bulkheads have been “welded” in place using a high-strength filleting compound of epoxy, glass micro-spheres, and colloidal silica (the white substance at the intersection of…

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Scarfing Plywood

I have been reading about scarfing plywood for as long as I’ve been building boats, but I’ve never done it. The idea of hand-cutting a square 12:1 edge along a sheet of plywood just seemed impossibly impossible. But today I had no choice. The lay-ups for the rudders for the Tiki 38 are too long…

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Taking Shape

We met Joe down at the boat-shop today to catch some epoxy work while it was still green and easy to take down with a surform. Catching it while it’s still soft is way way better than waiting till it’s hard enough to grind, because when epoxy is hard enough to grind/sand, it’s really hard!…

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Project Update 12/22/2011

We are building a James Wharram designed Tiki 38, with additional engineering to meet US Coast Guard inspected passenger vessel specifications by John Marples of Searunner designs. What that means is that right now we have a barn filled with just over 100 sheets of BS 1088 marine plywood, 500 board feet of vertical grain…

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Project Update

In no particular order: We formed a new company for the build: The Montauk Catamaran Company, LLC We move into our build-space — a barn in Bridgehampton — at the end of the week. We just bought 108 sheets of Hydrotek brand BS1088 rated meranti plywood. We’ve hired our core build crew. We’ve got a…

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