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Re: The Hull Part 1 - The Balsa Wood

Postby Cowboybob » Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:02 pm

Looking very good. Guess you've done this before... :D .
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Re: The Hull Part 1 - The Balsa Wood

Postby nathan » Mon Oct 22, 2012 8:36 pm

Just a quick update, i'm still working on the Balsa Frame. It's taking ages to do all the strip planking. I'll post some pictures in the next couple of days.
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Re: The Hull Part 1 - The Balsa Wood

Postby Sparkicidal » Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:34 pm

Hey Nathan! Any updates on the build?
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Re: The Hull Part 1 - The Balsa Wood

Postby nathan » Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:44 pm

I'm still building, I'll post an update in the next couple of days. I've been really busy with other stuff recently.
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Re: The Hull Part 1 - The Balsa Wood

Postby nathan » Sat Aug 03, 2013 12:56 pm

I've posted an update on the main blog, it includes a picture of the progress i've made on the hull.

http://autonboat.com/hull-update/
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Re: The Hull Part 1 - The Balsa Wood

Postby Sparkicidal » Sat Aug 03, 2013 9:12 pm

Hey! Credit where credit is due, you are making a beautiful job of the strip planking. It looks amazing! I am suitably impressed and can now see why the updates take so long. :)
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Re: The Hull Part 1 - The Balsa Wood

Postby nathan » Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:16 am

Cheers Spark.

i fear the next step of sanding the hull will take a while too. But the more time i spend on it the better finish we'll get.
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Re: The Hull Part 1 - The Balsa Wood

Postby Sparkicidal » Thu May 08, 2014 7:49 pm

Seen the photos. Loving the build!

I do have 1 question at this point though as I'm concerned about the structural integrity along the length of the boat. As you currently only have the thin balsa wood from preventing your boat folding in half, would it be worth considering putting a "spine" along the base before it is fibreglassed?
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Re: The Hull Part 1 - The Balsa Wood

Postby nathan » Sun May 11, 2014 11:12 am

Hey Spark,

I've probably not made myself very clear, the balsa wood frame is only going to be used to make the plug. When this plug is done i'll be making the hull from this out of a mixture of fibreglass and carbon fibre. It will allow me to easily make new hulls in the future and not have to do all the time consuming strip planking again.

Once the hull is complete i'll add cross sections that will have a dual action. Strengthen the hull and provide segregated waterproof compartments. So if a part of the hull gets punctured then it should still happily sail along. The top of the hull will also be glued to each of these cross sections to provide the strength.

I may still add additional strength where the rudder, keel, mast and mail sail tether enter the hull as this is where most of the force will be - i'm still thinking of this last one.
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Re: The Hull Part 1 - The Balsa Wood

Postby Cowboybob » Sun Jun 08, 2014 4:40 pm

Nathan,

Glad to see the quest isn't over :D .

I was beginning to wonder, ya know?

Now, where have I put all that stuff I was working on...
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