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Muscongus Bay Sloop by pete48 - SMALL - Finished


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This Is my Second Build log ,( First scratch ) .  The plan is to build a Muscongus bay sloop with working rudder and retractable centerboard. This may take 2 boats to get me there. I will be starting this build with Keel #3 . There was a lot of research and comparison"s made to the Midwest kit That I built. Keel # 1 & 2  are on the Kit build log (although keel #2 was built just to get the hull planking correct ) . Keel #3 will also have a planked deck (possibly sprung)

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Hi Casey, Yes I plan to do some cool stuff to this one , Like a Teak Grating for the Cockpit floor, I did look into a 3 volt electrical system  when I started the Kit build (just basic runnig lights, Mast head light and a cabin light ) and figured on putting the battery and Light switch in the Fish well's ( I may do that )The main thing I would like do on this project is a retractable centerboard. I figure it will take 2 maybe 3 boats to get me there. This first one (Keel #3)is to have a working rudder.

 

Best Regards,

Pete

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The first thing I would like to do , is to have a working rudder. I went back to the Chapelle drawing and added the divit ( for lack of a better term)at the end of the keel. I then Figured out the center line for the Rudder, and removed a 1/8" slot in the keel. I then made up 2 pieces of 1/8" to fit against frame #4, this will make the transom stronger and at the rabbit line I can then blend in the Keel strip. Here are the results

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Hello Pete,

 

I'm following your step from the kit to scratch with great interest.

H.I.Chapelle drawing is a first class source and I like his book about small sailing crafts very much.

I'm very interested in the working rudder... but if the rudder is "alife" (instead of light inside) you can make her RC?

 

So I'm asking for the scale I guess something like 1/96 or 1/64 - am I right?

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Hi Stan, as for the molds and fixing planks, in my Build log for the Moscongus Bay Lobster Smack, I actually scratch built 2 hulls. The first or Keel 1 was built because the Transom on the Kit was not correct and was able to get the transom close. (I did strip plank that boat from the water line up). Then Keel 2 was built just to get the planking correct. I did recently Varnish the hull and have been toying with floating it ( because of your previous post)

 

Best Regards,

Pete

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Thank you Tom, Frame 1 is visible when the companion way hatch is open . I actually strengthened aft of frame 4 (it was a weak spot on the previous builds) after fairing the frames. I also had cut off the stern and re attached it , to allow for the working rudder  As far as CDA Freinds and family understand 

 

Best Regards,

Pete

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Today I got to work on Keel 4, I figured out the centerboard & Trunk. I first cut out the centerboard (this made the keel very weak) I had made up 2 pieces of 1/32" birch plywood to cover the trunk.I attached one piece of the ply on to hold the keel together, I then took a piece of thin plastic (from the exacto package) folded it in half and cut it to 1/8" wide strip. Then I drilled a hole thru the top of the Trunk into the centerboard so that a wire could pass thru,  On the centerboard I added a loop so that it would connect to the first wire. I then cut the transom off similarly to what I had done on Keel 3, and put it together. Here are the results

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Hi Russ, Thats what I was originally thinking ,( I made several mock ups) the last pic in post #25 is the way its shown in the drawing s (down posistion) wich made the hinge point lower than I had hoped. This configuration actually works and the rod does go thru the top of the center board trunk as it should. Every thing lines up this way : Board up  or Board down. Heres a pic with the rod comming thru the top of the trunk. I spent alot of time figuring out this one

 

Best Regards,

Pete

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I woke up early this morning (about 5 am) and just got finished planking Keel 3 (8 pm) there were breaks in between . and managed a basic fairing of the Hull. There is  tumblehome that starts just aft of the fish wells so the top planks are basically untouched untill  the deck is on, so that it (the tumblehome) can roll over the top . Here are the results

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