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by robertpaul
Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 213
Views: 33470

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser

Now that the windshields are done, I have turned my attention to repairing transom planks. The transom consists of five planks, almost 9' long for the top one, and just over 8' at the bottom. They are 3/4" thick and over 10" wide. Of the five, the second and third from the top are originals, and pos...
by robertpaul
Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 213
Views: 33470

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser

Now that both windshields are assembled, all that remains is to clean them up and re-finish. However, I wanted to check to make sure that the two are at least close to being identical before I do anymore. I will test fit them on the boat (which is 400kms away) but for now I just positioned them face...
by robertpaul
Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 213
Views: 33470

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser

On page 6 of this thread, I repaired the corners of the windshield frames and prepared them for re-assembly. Over the last couple of days I have finally put them together and it seems that it worked out ok. I had a can of Pettit Seam Compound that I acquired around 1992, and it worked great as beddi...
by robertpaul
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: slow leak at transom and hull join
Replies: 3
Views: 247

Re: slow leak at transom and hull join

This may be silly to ask, but.... have you checked to make sure the water is not coming from the exhaust? Possibly condensation from the metal exhaust fitting, dripping from above? The stains on the transom seem to be consistent with this.... or I am seeing things.... which is entirely possible.
by robertpaul
Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 213
Views: 33470

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser

JR. You are not going to believe this. I barely do. Check out this picture I took when Elude was first placed in her new location. Note the ladder-like frame leaning against the wall. I just checked with the boatyard and was told it was used several years ago to steam bend transom planks for a 1938 ...
by robertpaul
Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 213
Views: 33470

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser

Thanks JR. The transom does have a significant curve. That is why I laminated my transom bow in place. Did you steam first? I know mahogany doesn't steam very well, but it does take the edge off. Did you use DRM, African, Genuine?
by robertpaul
Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 213
Views: 33470

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser

I have finished fastening the new bottom except for the butt blocks. All the intermediate frames are laminated to 1 1/4". I will paint them to match the rest of the bilge when it warms up in the spring. I still have to caulk the seams that did not fully flood through when I put on the planks and of ...
by robertpaul
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 213
Views: 33470

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser

Stbd done and port about 85%. Long day today. I laminated the remaining port intermediates that could not be done before the move. Seven amidship under the gas tank and engine. I had to wriggle down deep into the bilge to tack the three under the gas tank and it was hard. But it worked out fine and ...
by robertpaul
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 213
Views: 33470

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser

Port side is almost completely refastened, swapping out temporary screws/washers with permanent screws. Just along the keelson and the butt blocks left. Port is 1/2 done. The last minute nature of our eviction from the Port of Toronto (me and everyone else) meant that I had to leave some intermediat...
by robertpaul
Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 213
Views: 33470

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser

Lead is banned here so it will be a challenge. I did do the CPES deal on the inner bottom and inside of the outer planks. Didn't have time to do the outer before being tossed out of the Port of Toronto with everyone else. If I can't get the primer I will do the epoxy bit, but it won't be until it wa...
by robertpaul
Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 213
Views: 33470

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser

Hi JR, nice to hear from you again. I used polyurethane sealant/adhesive intended for use below the waterline. It is a DAP product, readily available and less than 1/3 the price of the well known brand. I used A LOT of it. I will concede that it may not create quite as tenacious a bond as the well k...
by robertpaul
Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 213
Views: 33470

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser

I have been busy swapping out the temporary deck screw/washer combination with the permanent fasteners. It has been quite cold this week but it is better than the 40+c I was dealing with before the big move. Here are some pictures of my progress. I have fastened all along the stem and keel, the chin...
by robertpaul
Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: installing new sideplanks
Replies: 15
Views: 2177

Re: installing new sideplanks

I will share a small observation I have made working on Elude. Every plank, bottom or topside, has been either painted, or otherwise sealed by what appears to be a thin brush of varnish. The back of the transom planks (which are bright on the outside) were painted with bilge paint before assembly. E...
by robertpaul
Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 213
Views: 33470

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser

I have spent about 25 joyful hours pulling the temporary deck screws and replacing them with #12 Bugle Head SS screws. 2" for the keel, stem and chines, 2 1/2" for the frames, and #10x2" for the intermediate frames. The process is quite straight forward. Along the keel, stem and chines I pulled and ...
by robertpaul
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Constellation Enthusiast Group
Topic: Restoration?
Replies: 50
Views: 12940

Re: Restoration?

I agree. These boats will go indefinitely with proper care and repairs. Did the shop take any pictures of the keelsons they removed? When I replaced mine, I took what looked like the best part of one and routed out the surface to see the inside. Would love to see any pictures of the originals.
by robertpaul
Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: 5200 paintable?
Replies: 5
Views: 490

Re: 5200 paintable?

Getting closer to going boating, John. Getting closer.
by robertpaul
Wed Sep 26, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: 5200 paintable?
Replies: 5
Views: 490

Re: 5200 paintable?

The seams were filled with 5200 in 1990. primed with Interlux Primer and finished with Interlux Brightside topcoat. This picture was taken a few weeks ago. The seams have opened a bit because the boat has been out of service for 9 years, but the paint is still adhering well to the 5200. The discolou...
by robertpaul
Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 213
Views: 33470

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser

By next week I will doing the tedious job of removing the temporary fasteners from the bottom, drilling pilot holes and countersinks, and putting in the permanent fasteners. I figure somewhere around 4,000 of them. Oddly, I am quite excited about the prospect of spending a couple of weeks back under...
by robertpaul
Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Type of planking
Replies: 3
Views: 445

Re: Type of planking

The closest species I could find to the original (which was old growth) is plantation grown Dark Red Meranti. I despaired using it because the quality is highly variable and sometimes will just crush under the pull of a fastener. As I understand things, the Philippines put a moratorium on harvesting...
by robertpaul
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 213
Views: 33470

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser

New home. Ready to start the final big push to completion and chill after the pressure of the last 8 weeks.
by robertpaul
Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 213
Views: 33470

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser

Thanks guys. It really is a neat place. Like stepping back in time. The town itself is astoundingly beautiful itself. Walking 200 metres from the workshop means crossing the swing bridge over the locks and being at the main intersection. Most of the buildings are limestone and there is a nice park r...
by robertpaul
Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 213
Views: 33470

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser

Elude made the trip to Merrickville safely and easily thanks to Balsdon Trucking. Murray Balsdon handles the boats and driving. Karen Balsdon is the person in charge. I took a few pictures of Elude's new digs before she was placed inside and then my camera battery ran out of juice. Aylings Marina ac...
by robertpaul
Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Most interesting breakdowns
Replies: 6
Views: 859

Re: Most interesting breakdowns

BR... which is why I have twins on completely independent systems! However, about 25 years ago we were heading to our slip on the stbd side between two finger docks full of smaller boats. Ours is a 35' as you know, with twins. The spacing between the docks/boats was about 45'. Normally lots of room....
by robertpaul
Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 213
Views: 33470

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser

Due to the short notice for our eviction, I concentrated on finishing the bottom... which I did. The side planks are secured for the trip, but are also just about ready for the final install themselves. The transom planks need to be repaired or replaced, but that will be pretty straightforward. Then...
by robertpaul
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 213
Views: 33470

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser

All the new bottom planks are attached with plenty of time for the adhesive to cure before the move. Now I will temporarily secure the side planks that I repaired for the trip and stuff the boat with everything at hand. I don't have time to install them permanently before the date of our eviction fr...
by robertpaul
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 213
Views: 33470

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser

To catch up on the last post before I had to down tools, I attach the following pictures. I pulled this plank because I was suspicious it was a tiny bit proud of the chine for some sinister reason. Turns out that was not the case. It probably just worked a bit over the decades and several fasteners ...
by robertpaul
Sat Aug 04, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 213
Views: 33470

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser

I forgot one bit. Working underneath takes some of the joy out of the job, but small solutions often yield a sense of accomplishment. I tarried over how I was going to make sure I got the planks in accurately with all the goo on them. Initially I tried using a couple of 1/4 bolt in a locator hole dr...
by robertpaul
Sat Aug 04, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 213
Views: 33470

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser

I appreciated everyone's kind words. Things have been upside down for several months but we are back on track. Family health issues are sorted out. However, about six weeks ago I was advised that due to redevelopment plans by the City of Toronto, everyone had to be off the port lands by the end of A...
by robertpaul
Sun May 06, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser
Replies: 213
Views: 33470

Re: Honey, have you finished fixing Elude yet? 1937 35' Cruiser

Health issues in our family have meant that I have had to drop my tools on the restoration of Elude. Next year will mark our 30th anniversary of ownership. She is in her shelter so the elements won't bother her and she is well blocked. I do not know when, or if, I can get back to work on her, but th...