|This is an old 34 foot Chris-Craft Constellation. The boat is not in terrible shape, but sitting in the Arizona desert for nearly a year hasn't helped. Check out the project as I explain the current work.|
|This frame allows better access to the bottom.||You can see the shrinkage in the hull from the dry desert climate.|
|The top of the frame structure will serve as scaffolding to help me work just below the sheer and the deck.|
Now I have a safe frame to work on and under.
Now it is time to start tearing off the rotted planks.
|Week of April 17, 2006|
|With the plank removed, I see some of the frames need additional gussetting.|
|There is more of the same on the other side of the boat.|
|A new chine rail is positioned temporary to allow refitting of the plank above.|
|In this photo you can see the rusty bleed through from the starboard engine above. Planks will be removed and replaced.|
Week of May 15, 2006
Epoxy can be used in two ways as an adhesive or as a coating.
Some of the components being replaced will simply be coated and fastened with screws and 3M 5200 adhesive caulk.
Other componants will be bonded with a thickened epoxy adhesive and will be structural.
|The rusty planks have been removed and the plywood above will be cut away and replaced as well.|
|Blocking for quarter inch bilge liner is double coated with epoxy and ready for installation.|
|Wooden boat construction can be thought of in two ways. A handful of 2x4's nailed or screwed together will float as a single unit until the fasteners rust away. Or a handful of 2x4's glued together with epoxy and hollowed out will float until the adhesive fails! A craft combining both methods should be long lived. Epoxy coating should discourage marine parasites. An epoxy adhesive should create a rigid, solid structure. Our plan is to make the appropriate repairs to the hull and add a double diagonal planking set in epoxy adhesive to create a rigid, watertight one-piece hull below the water line. This method is called cold molding|
|Rotten planking next to keel has been cut away and will be replaced.|
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