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    Amati Riva Aquarama
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    ๐Ÿ“ Almost ready for final mahogany planking
    18 days ago by DuncanP ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Everyone,
    Managed to find several hours in my busy timetable (Raising and doing basic training of a Guide Dog Puppy plus doing some fund raising!).
    I've finished the 1st layer of the side planking and planked the foredeck. As can be seen from the photo I used my hot plank bender to get the curved deck planks. The deck may look level but as you can see from the plank on the grid there is a fair bend. Unlike the instructions I have decided to plank the stern before gluing the mahogany ends onto the hull. Otherwise trying to fit these as a close fit to the mahogany curved piece would I believe be more difficult. Again I will apply the mahogany planks before fitting these curved ends. I've used a water based filler thinned down over the hull and then sanded to a reasonably smooth finish before starting the job to finish the mahogany planking of the sides and foredeck. I've tried to keep as much dust out of the hull with paper towel! Before starting the sanding I applied automotive masking tape (thicker) along the raw edge of the existing mahogany planking to protect this during sanding.
    Following a recommendation by Skydive130 I've painted the metal parts and part of the steering wheel with a chrome pen. The chrome pen is fantastic and far superior to any 'chrome' spray can. Also I tried a few spray cans of car colour for the seat cushions but found the Valero light turquoise was the best colour to use. Because it is water based I've then put a coat of matt varnish over the top to protect it.
    I now need to find a lot of time to do the final mahogany planking so my next instalment will probably be quite some weeks away! Thanks for following my blog. Cheers Duncan๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Almost ready for final mahogany planking
    17 days ago by BOATSHED ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Many thanks for putting this on here. I wil get on there and have a search for them on Amazon.I will be using them on my radio controlled model cars as well as my boats. The finish looks amazing. Thanks again.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Almost ready for final mahogany planking
    17 days ago by DuncanP ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hiya. I got the chrome pen off Amazon. It is a Molotow liquid chrome pump marker pen. I was amazed with the finish it gives. I've even used it to touch up a mark on the chrome of my car. There are different thickness of markers starting at 1mm and going up to 5mm. I used the 2mm one which was ยฃ5.82. Hope this helps. Cheers Duncan ๐Ÿ˜€
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Almost ready for final mahogany planking
    17 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Boatshed,
    You can find them on Amazon, just ordered mine from Amazon.de.
    Or go straight to the manufacturer-
    MOLOTOWโ„ขโ€จ
    Feuerstein GmbHโ€จ
    Willy-Brandt-Str. 9/2โ€จ
    77933 Lahr / Schwarzwald
    Germany
    In very pretty landscape in Southwest Germany, worth a trip๐Ÿ˜‰
    https://www.molotow.com/en/applications/marker-applications/...
    https://shop.molotow.com/en/alle-produkte/molotow-liquid-chrome-4mm.html?___from_store=de
    BEWARE! The Trade Mark for the pens is MOLOTOW
    so don't try mixing cocktails with them ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    Cheers Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    https://www.molotow.com/en/applications/marker-applications/liquid-chrome
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    https://shop.molotow.com/en/alle-produkte/molotow-liquid-chrome-4mm.html?___from_store=de
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Almost ready for final mahogany planking
    18 days ago by BOATSHED ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi DuncanP, I am very curious to know where did you get the chrome pen from please. It looks realy good. I have used a chrome spray on a couple of things when I was working on things underneath my motohome when rebuilding the rear suspension and I wasn't too inpressed. But for on modeling that looks great.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Almost ready for final mahogany planking
    18 days ago by ChrisG ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Love the model and am looking forward to seeing her in the water, well done with the build.
    First time I have heard about the chrome pen, I will certainly be trying that.
    Regards ChrisG
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    ๐Ÿ“ Paper clips helpful when planking
    2 months ago by DuncanP ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Just a small update. Nearly finished the first layer of planking. I thought this tip maybe of help others when planking. I found that as I nearly completed the the 1st layer of planking I could no longer use bulldog clips to assist in butting the edges of the planks together. Instead I have found using paper clips does this job well in tight confines. I still nail the planks to the bulkheads but between the bulkheads it helps to keep the plank edges tight together. Keeping the plank edges as smooth as possible will no doubt help in cutting down the tedious job of sanding it smooth before applying the mahogany planks! I've added some foam buoyancy in the transom for safety!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Paper clips helpful when planking
    2 months ago by DuncanP ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thank you for your comment (mturpin013)๐Ÿ˜†. I then had a look at your RAF crash tender. It looks absolutely amazing! Is it the 34" or 46" version. I have the 34" model which I made in my 20's and then refurbished it during lockdown having spent about 50 years in the loft and garage. It is unfortunately not up to your standard! I found yours very intriguing especially the wheelhouse. Mine was built from the original Aerokits kit. Have you done a blog on the build of the boat? Thanks Duncan.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Paper clips helpful when planking
    2 months ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Great tip on โ€œtight boardsโ€ paper clip is so simple, most good solutions are simple
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    ๐Ÿ“ Overcoming difficulty of fitting rudders and linkages
    2 months ago by DuncanP ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hopefully the photos that I'm attaching will explain why I'm not following the instructions for a radio control version! The Amati instructions indicate that the rudders and control linkages are fitted at the end of the hull construction. I decided that this will be virtually impossible to get your hands in to accomplish this task so I have planked almost up to the waterline with both 1st and second planking in order to still have some reasonable access to carry out this task. In order to protect the rudders whilst the rest of the hull is completed I've cut out a polystyrene block (or could be balsa blocks) and covered it in gaffer tape to go over the prop shafts and rudders to provide the protection.
    It still took all afternoon to get the supplied R/C rudders in place. I've C/A glued a nut onto the bottom of each rudder horn. I found that with the shape of the hull, the rudders when turned fully were catching the bottom of the hull so I've added two small 2mm white plastic spacers which I made from some tubing. Hope this will help anyone else who attempts to build the R/C version of the kit! Next stage is to epoxy the inside below the waterline before continuing with the rest of the planking. I've also installed a 3mm light in the cabin and also added 3mm bulbs for the headlights rather than using the dummy headlights.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Overcoming difficulty of fitting rudders and linkages
    2 months ago by ChrisG ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    The hull of your model shown bow on is very impressive, beautiful lines.
    I can see that you are having real fun and games trying to shoehorn the steering gear under the stern deck, I don`t think there is an easy answer, on my current project I have abandoned all thoughts of a working model mainly due to space constraints and if good enough it will spend the rest of its days on a coffee table if the boss allows. That of course is not what you want to hear ๐Ÿค”
    I am looking forward to following your build, when finished it will be worth all of the problems.
    Regards ChrisG
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    ๐Ÿ“ 1st coat of varnish
    3 months ago by DuncanP ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Everyone, Just a small update on progress. Having applied several coats of Cellulose Sanding sealer I have now applied one coat of yacht varnish. Hopefully you can see from the photos the reason I decided to apply the masking tape. This was to protect a raw wood edge in order to get a good bond to glue to when I start the side planking. I'm pleased with the overall finish so far. I forgot to do a test of the varnish on the sealer so there were a few anxious hours of waiting hoping that they wouldn't react with each other!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1st coat of varnish
    3 months ago by DuncanP ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    It is the 1st time I have tried building a planked model. I think the main thing is taking your time. I spent quite a lot of time cutting and then sanding the end of the planks to get a really good fit. I started build in April 2021!! Having said that I probably only fitted no more than 4 planks per day to give the glue time to set hard.
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    3 months ago by DWBrinkman ( Warrant Officer)
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    Very nice work! I only hope to someday get close to that kind of modeling skill!
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    3 months ago by dave976 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Looking good. Nice neat planking enhanced by the excellent paint finish.
    dave976
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    3 months ago by ChrisG ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    She looks great, fabulous gloss already. The invention of water based paints has caused the likes of most of us a real `faff` it was great in the day when we did not have to worry about one paint reacting badly with another. They should have restricted water based to emulsion, sorry in my opinion๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ .
    Well done Duncan regards ChrisG
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    ๐Ÿ“ Amati Italian Runabout (Riva Aquarama) for use on water
    3 months ago by DuncanP ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I've completed the second layer of mahogany planking on the bottom of the hull and have now applied the first coat of Chestnut Sanding sealer which will require sanding before another coat is applied. Before applying the sealer I applied Vaseline to the BBQ bamboo skewers to ensure they didn't get stuck in the rudder tubes (they are a perfect fit!) and also applied the yellow masking tape around the last planks fitted in order to ensure a raw wood edge when I'm gluing the side planking on after fitting the rudders and linkages (This method of build is the only way I believe I can get my fingers in to fit these parts!). My plan then is to do another coat of sanding sealer and then two coats of yacht varnish. Not sure whether I should also apply a finishing epoxy resin coat before doing the varnishing. Any thoughts? The bottom of the hull will then be painted with white enamel - Humbrol. The sides once fitted will be the beautiful mahagony. That is my thoughts so far. Any comments please?
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Amati Italian Runabout (Riva Aquarama) for use on water
    3 months ago by DuncanP ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thanks Trev. In that case I'll probably just epoxy the inside of the hull which is still bare wood. I just want to make sure it is water tight so that I don't get any water damage ! ๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Amati Italian Runabout (Riva Aquarama) for use on water
    3 months ago by pressonreguardless ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I don't think the Epoxy is necessary at this point. If it is used it should be applied on raw wood.
    Also use the correct hardener to achieve a clear finish. Total Boat and West have these hardeners.
    Good Luck
    Trev
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Amati Italian Runabout (Riva Aquarama) for use on water
    3 months ago by ChrisG ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Sounds good and certainly looks good to me, that mahogany and the quality of the planking you have achieved should not be covered in my opinion. I am not sure why you are thinking of epoxy finish as well as two coats of varnish, maybe because I find epoxy a lot more difficult to work with than varnish and if varnishing is carried out well the finish can be fantastic as well as giving adequate protection.
    Whatever the model is coming along very well you should
    be proud. Regards ChrisG
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    ๐Ÿ“ Second layer of planking
    4 months ago by DuncanP ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I have started the second layer of planking on my Amati Riva Aquarama. It is the first time that I have built a planked model but having looked at some previous methods I have adopted the following method which is a combination of other ways and seems to be working well. I have purchased off Ebay some BLUNT needles and syringes which are quite cheap. The needles allow you to carefully control the amount of glue applied and enable you to get into the tight gaps. First of all, I glued the bow end with CA glue for a length of about 2" making sure I have a tight fit and let the CA go off. Using the syringe filled with Aliphatic glue I then apply a thin bead of this glue for the rest of the length of the plank onto the hull.( I find using CA glue I end up sticking my fingers!) The needle lets you get glue very close to where the plank is already fixed with the CA glue. Because of the curvature of the hull I have found that the plank will bend and make a tight fit to the preceding plank. I then press it down wiping excess glue away and apply wide masking tape to keep the plank firmly in place - and give it time to set. I didn't want to use nails as shown in the instructions because I didn't want holes showing when the planks are finally finished with varnish. If the CA glue needle gets blocked just burn off the blockage with a lighter. I haven't found the Aliphatic glue blocks the needle but in both cases I always replace the plastic covers on the needles between applications. Next stage is sanding and applying 2 x sanding sealer followed by varnish. I will then fit the rudders, rudder horns and linkages before completing the sides if the boat. This is so I can get my fingers in through the sides of the boat in order to carry out this task - otherwise I think it will be near impossible!!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Second layer of planking
    4 months ago by DuncanP ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thank you. I am taking my time as I originally started the model in April last year. Slow and steady as you say. Cheers
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    4 months ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Its looking great, its not a race take it steady patience and perseverance is the key.
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    4 months ago by ChrisG ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I am very interested in your method of planking and the mahogany I love, must try it sometime. The boat will look fabulous when finished as it is a classic and I look forward to seeing the continued build and how your modifications allowing it to be a working model, progress.
    Regards ChrisG
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    ๐Ÿ“ Riva Aquarama 2nd photo -
    5 months ago by DuncanP ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    2nd photo- said run out of memory when I tried to upload with the previous photo not sure which end is at fault!??
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    ๐Ÿ“ Riva Aquarama - planking the bottom
    5 months ago by DuncanP ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Riva Aquarama slowly coming along. First layer of a planking on the bottom of the hull nearly finished. Needs some filler in places and yet more sanding- ugh! Going to do the 2nd mahogany planking on the bottom so I can get access through the sides of the hull in order to assemble the rudders and linkages. Once the side planks are in place this job will be difficult if not impossible! This is not as per instructions though but I think they are bias towards a display model. I've protected the rudder tubes with greased bbq skewer sticks - a perfect fit! There is masking tape on the prop shafts to protect them. During sanding I've protected the inside of the hull with A4 plastic pockets taped together. Happy sailing and building everyone.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Riva Aquarama - extra bouyancy
    5 months ago by DuncanP ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Decided to fill the parts of the hull which will be inaccessible after planking with some extra bouyancy - just in case the unthinkable happens! Had some yellow pool noodle and also some foam packaging that arrived in a parcel this week. Thought it was worthwhile doing before doing any more planking. In my previous post I had treated the underside of the current planks with 2 coats of varnish. Cheers Duncan
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    5 months ago by DuncanP ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Another thought for you! I haven't used any steam on my build and in just a couple of instances I've used the Amati Plank bender. It works really well. Also I have a hot plank bending tool kit which I haven't had to use as yet. It is from the Model Craft Collection and I got it on Ebay. Cheers Duncan
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    5 months ago by DuncanP ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Sorry to hear you are having trouble. This Amati kit I think is excellent but I think it was originally envisaged as a display model and the R/c was a bit of an after thought! That's why I have started this blog for a working model as I'm having to think my way though this part of the build. Cheers Duncan
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    5 months ago by Mike Stoney ( Warrant Officer)
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    Grรผezi Duncan, (Swiss German language for Hello) ๐Ÿ˜Š
    I like your idea so far, but I don't know how this material behaves if the hull is leaking. At the moment I am trying to build the Aeronaut Trout with my grandson. He himself would like us to set this up like your boat. The wooden parts are so stiff and small that you can hardly bend them into the right shape even with steam. .
    The smaller the boat, the harder the processing of the hull. In addition, some parts are not correct, which makes the whole thing even more tricky! Poor grandson, I meant well! well . .
    My next model will definitely be something similar to yours!
    Greets from Switzerland
    Michel-Claude
    PS:the last picture is me when i lose patience!! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ
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    5 months ago by DuncanP ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi, Thanks for your comment. What type of finishing polish do you use? Cheers Duncan
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Riva Aquarama - extra bouyancy
    5 months ago by BOATSHED ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    The varnish I use is the same as I have used in the past on a boat I own up on the Norfolk Broads. I have used this and lightly sand between coats then a good polish up at the end you can get a great glass type finish. Used it on model boats in the past. I cannot wait to get back up there and get her sorted out. Due to Covid I have not been near her for 2 years.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Riva Aquarama - extra bouyancy
    5 months ago by BOATSHED ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    That's a great thing to do. I used to use the cheapy swinging pool snakes. They used to sell them in shops like Poundland. Not seen them lately so I used the central heating pipe covering, the grey stuff from B&Q. I still have a blow up bow shapped thing that the model boat shops used to sell. Way back I used the two part mixing stuff that when mixed it swelled up and filled the bow of the boat. I even went as far as stealing my daughters water wings for bouyancy aid. My problem was though, mainly running the boat out of the side of the pond. Too much of a speed freak, 71 and still not slowing down.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Preventing water damage
    5 months ago by DuncanP ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Haven't done much since my last post as it has been too cold in my garage Workshop. Trying to be careful with the electric radiator with the high cost of electricity!! I've put masking tape on the planks and frames to stop any varnish getting on them and then possibly causing problems later when glueing more planks on. As you can see from the photos I soon won't be able to get into protecting the inside of these bottom planks from any ingress of water. Hopefully that won't happen but just in case I have put 2 coats of quick drying satin varnish on the inside of these bottom planks. In order to do this I've put a pvc glove on and applied it with a bent finger!! A brush wouldn't touch the inside of the planks. Next stage will be to continue with the planking when it gets warmer! By the way Happy New Year everyone and happy constructing and sailing! Cheers Duncan
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    5 months ago by DuncanP ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Ha ha! Yes I even remember forgetting the bung on a full size speed boat! It was struggling to get up onto the plane and then I realised what I had done! Most embarrassing since I had a couple of passengers with me. Got back to the slipway and drained it so no harm done in the end but there was lots of laughter! Cheers Duncan.
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    5 months ago by ChrisG ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    It is very difficult trying to work in the cold to say nothing of increased curing times for paints and glues.
    As for water ingress, this is often a problem where the plan instructs the builder to restrict access to areas of the hull and I will deliberate for days before glueing that deck or bulkhead that does that. On a yacht I recently finished although inner hull access was possible it was a right pain and on her maiden trip I noticed after about 30 minutes in the water she was definitely lower. Recovered the boat took it home and repaired the leak in the rudder tube, drilled a small hole in the transom and made a plug to fit.
    Next trip to the lake, no leak but if in the future water gets in at least I will be able to drain it. I suppose the next problem will be forgetting to fit the plug๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ
    Regards ChrisG
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