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Old 05-01-2020, 04:53 PM
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I've been working on this a little over a year and decided I would begin sharing the progress of my build. A little bit about the boat.

It's a plywood-on-frame build design called La Paz by naval architect Ken Hankinson, sold through Glen-L boats. The plans are for a 22' CC in either outboard (my choice) or I/O. I'm expanding it to 24' which is an option Ken gives. I wanted a trailered boat for fishing off the coast of SoCal and a number of others have built this and commend it's ride. It has a 18 1/2 degree deadrise at the transom and a 40+ degree forefoot, 8' 6" beam. You can see more about the boat design here (as well as a few pics if you search around the site) https://www.boatdesigns.com/La-Paz-22/products/747/ .

I'm building it using Sapele (a type of Mahogony) for the frames, battens, chine, sheer and more. The keel is Vertical Grain Douglas Fir w a plywood backing. I'm using Hydrotek marine ply (Meranti) for the stiff parts like the transom and Joubert Okoume for the hull. The hull is 3/8" ply on the side and 1/2" on the bottom.

It's been a very challenging experience. I've never built a boat, I've never even owned a boat. I bought a few books and been reading this forum for almost two years now trying to understand how it's done. So I bought a stack of Sapele and the boat plans, some plywood too and got started. Like I said, I've been working on it for a little over a year (first 6 months was still working, retired last June). I'll start adding some pics so you can see the progress.
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Full size plans, trace them onto plywood sheet and use for template.

Sapele

building frame
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Building a frame

hanging the first frame

adding other frames (some of the frames have a plywood side element. These are just temporary to help line up the chine, sheer, and hull side. They get removed later)

building the transom
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scarf joined 3/4" plywood, epoxied to back the keel

Keel set in place (2"x 6" VGDF w 3/4" ply backing). That piece of ply running the length of the boat is to hold the spacing of the frames at their designed location, just for a rough set up.

laying out the stem, 3 pieces of 3/4" ply laminated together w epoxy resin.

stem and breast hook clamped in place

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Cool. Interested in seeing this come together.
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Wow!! Talk about jumping in with both feet, I love it! I'm guessing you have some experience working with wood other than boats. I thought my Dad was a badass when he built us a pair of Folbots back in the '70s, and he was an Insurance salesman that just loved us.
Oh and I thought I was cool installing a couple of rod holders today, I feel like a slacker now. Good luck! Do you have a name yet?

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Yes, Vital, I've done some cabinetry and furniture work so I have a number of tools and a (hobbiest) workshop: table saw, miter saw, joiner, planer, and power tools.
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Using a line-laser level to make sure stem is aligned with the keel.

Stem is attached to the keel w 3, 3/8" x 6" silicon bronze bolts, and epoxied as well. Bolts are countersunk on both ends.
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Really excited to watch your project progress. I've been dreaming of Glen-L and Clarkcraft boats for years. Can remember back in the 80's seeing the ads in the back of my dad's copies of Wooden Boat magazine. Always wanted to build the L-Dorado with the cool Cadillac fins. Actually thinking of starting my own build soon. Ordered a set of plans from B&B designs for a boat called an Orcacoke 20. Still in the early stages trying to learn more before I jump in and do something crazy!. Keep up the good work!
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I was gut hooked at building and plywood, press on sir
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Originally Posted by DannyP View Post
Really excited to watch your project progress. I've been dreaming of Glen-L and Clarkcraft boats for years. Can remember back in the 80's seeing the ads in the back of my dad's copies of Wooden Boat magazine. Always wanted to build the L-Dorado with the cool Cadillac fins. Actually thinking of starting my own build soon. Ordered a set of plans from B&B designs for a boat called an Orcacoke 20. Still in the early stages trying to learn more before I jump in and do something crazy!. Keep up the good work!
If I'm not mistaken that's Bill's boat design shop, If so, you're in good hands. In time I may find myself wanting more of a lake style fishing boat and that Marissa model really caught my attention.
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Nice work, keep it going.
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Great, keep pics coming.
Enjoy your venture
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Great job so far, and I'm envious.
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Awesome project! Sub'd.
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Nice job,subed.
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I'm not envious or that ambitious, I'll buy my boats pre built but great for you to undertake and for me to watch. Seems to me with that drill setup you may have been a safecracker as well!
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Making scarf joints for the chine logs

Chine logs in place and starting the bending process

Up front here the chine logs needed to both bend and twist considerably, so I poured steaming hot water over the wet towels and jerry-rigged these clamps to twist them. Each day I would add a little more pressure for about 4-5 days until i got them to meet at the stem and sit fairly flat at the fore-most frame.

I took countless photos at this point looking at where the chine crossed frame 7 (the foremost) and landed on the stem as there's a fair amount discretion here. The plans advised "just make sure it forms a fair curve". So I'd shoot a picture and flip it 180 degrees (much easier to gauge right side up) and then push the intersection points maybe 1/2" one way or the other.
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Great progress so far.

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