254 Hrs – Torturing Ply

6 Responses

  1. Jacques says:

    Hi Neil

    Sorry to hear about your panel drop. How many centimeters? Do not worry too much though, I made a lot of mistake at this stage but finally, I just finished my second upper hull closing and I am happy: the two hulls are pretty much identical and the operation is a plain success. Waharram designs leave plenty of room for such mistakes and epoxy glu makes miracles. Honestly I can say that my precision rate is not under half centimeter,

    I will send you pics this WE

    Jacques

  2. Beat Rettenmund says:

    I second Jaques totally. You’re way within the specs of a high-end amateur build, which is what Wharrams are designed for. Nothing that cannot be straightened out with a generous mix of epoxy!

  3. Thomas Nielsen says:

    Neil,
    We all make mistakes. Don’t beat yourself up over that. Tsunamichaser certainly has its share. I’ve fretted about these, come up with some good solutions and figure when everything is all together you won’t see them. The critical thing though is to make sure you do a good job gluing everything together. Even if there are problems with that, the outer layer of cloth holds it all together!

    One trick that you’ve already discovered in holding the panels in place, your saw horse trick can be taken to the next level. When you dry fit the panels before you remove them screw some temporary locating blocks sticking out from bulkheads or on stringers to give you the exact location of the edge of a panel. These will not only locate the panels but will also bear the weight as you attach them. Once a panel is attached with glue and screws, remove these locating blocks so they don’t become a permanent feature. On the Tiki 26 where you overlap the upper hull sides over the lower, I had a bear with the first one. I smartened up screwed pieces of 6 mm with and edge on the overlap line and a second piece over top of this as a lip and suddenly it was as if I had a couple of strong patient guys helping me out. I’ll email you a couple of photos so you can see my method or go to my March 15th, 2007 post. http://tiki26.blogspot.com/2007_03_01_archive.html

  4. Thomas Nielsen says:

    Neil,
    We all make mistakes. Don’t beat yourself up over that. Tsunamichaser certainly has its share. I’ve fretted about these, come up with some good solutions and figure when everything is all together you won’t see them. The critical thing though is to make sure you do a good job gluing everything together. Even if there are problems with that, the outer layer of cloth holds it all together!

    One trick that you’ve already discovered in holding the panels in place, your saw horse trick can be taken to the next level. When you dry fit the panels before you remove them screw some temporary locating blocks sticking out from bulkheads or on stringers to give you the exact location of the edge of a panel. These will not only locate the panels but will also bear the weight as you attach them. Once a panel is attached with glue and screws, remove these locating blocks so they don’t become a permanent feature. On the Tiki 26 where you overlap the upper hull sides over the lower, I had a bear with the first one. I smartened up screwed pieces of 6 mm with and edge on the overlap line and a second piece over top of this as a lip and suddenly it was as if I had a couple of strong patient guys helping me out. I’ll email you a couple of photos so you can see my method or go to my March 15th, 2007 post. http://tiki26.blogspot.com/2007_03_01_archive.html

  5. Thomas Nielsen says:

    Neil,
    We all make mistakes. Don’t beat yourself up over that. Tsunamichaser certainly has its share. I’ve fretted about these, come up with some good solutions and figure when everything is all together you won’t see them. The critical thing though is to make sure you do a good job gluing everything together. Even if there are problems with that, the outer layer of cloth holds it all together!

    One trick that you’ve already discovered in holding the panels in place, your saw horse trick can be taken to the next level. When you dry fit the panels before you remove them screw some temporary locating blocks sticking out from bulkheads or on stringers to give you the exact location of the edge of a panel. These will not only locate the panels but will also bear the weight as you attach them. Once a panel is attached with glue and screws, remove these locating blocks so they don’t become a permanent feature. On the Tiki 26 where you overlap the upper hull sides over the lower, I had a bear with the first one. I smartened up screwed pieces of 6 mm with and edge on the overlap line and a second piece over top of this as a lip and suddenly it was as if I had a couple of strong patient guys helping me out. I’ll email you a couple of photos so you can see my method or go to my March 15th, 2007 post. http://tiki26.blogspot.com/2007_03_01_archive.html

  6. Thomas Nielsen says:

    Neil,
    We all make mistakes. Don’t beat yourself up over that. Tsunamichaser certainly has its share. I’ve fretted about these, come up with some good solutions and figure when everything is all together you won’t see them. The critical thing though is to make sure you do a good job gluing everything together. Even if there are problems with that, the outer layer of cloth holds it all together!

    One trick that you’ve already discovered in holding the panels in place, your saw horse trick can be taken to the next level. When you dry fit the panels before you remove them screw some temporary locating blocks sticking out from bulkheads or on stringers to give you the exact location of the edge of a panel. These will not only locate the panels but will also bear the weight as you attach them. Once a panel is attached with glue and screws, remove these locating blocks so they don’t become a permanent feature. On the Tiki 26 where you overlap the upper hull sides over the lower, I had a bear with the first one. I smartened up screwed pieces of 6 mm with and edge on the overlap line and a second piece over top of this as a lip and suddenly it was as if I had a couple of strong patient guys helping me out. I’ll email you a couple of photos so you can see my method or go to my March 15th, 2007 post. http://tiki26.blogspot.com/2007_03_01_archive.html

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