Saturday, August 25, 2018

Saturday. During the past week I clear coated the frames with clear West Systems epoxy.
After some chores at home I test fit frames 5&6 on the strong back.  They were very tight and fit well in the slots and on the strong back.  I then fit all the rest of the clear coated frames and decided to check the alignment with a laser level.  Everything was perfect with slight adjustments for squareness to the frames. I plan to use Sitka spruce for all the stringers, planks and keelson with 1/16, 3/32 ply for the side planking.  Taking it slow and easy.
The clubs around me do not sail stars.  So I am also working on building an RG 65 blue splash from a partially built fiberglass kit from one of the club members in NVMYC ( northern va).  I hope to bring my Star back and forth to Connecticut to sail. I have relatives in old Saybrook.  Anyway. Pics follow.

Test fitting frames 5/6
Test fit frames


Place frames

Setting up Laser Level

Laser shows frames are aligned!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Starting build of Star 45

I built the strongback.  MDF top 12" x 4 ft.  Pine sides 4" x 4ft.  Pulled the frames out of the plywood sheets sanded lightly but more sanding will be necessary as there is quite a bit of burned chuff to try to remove.  See Pics below


Definition of waister

plural -s
a usually green or broken-down seaman stationed in the waist of a ship (as a whaling vessel)