CONSTRUCTION PAGE -- SARDINE CARRIER 53 DEADRISE MOTORSAILER










Parker Marine at Riverside Marina, in Ft. Pierce, FL--The big tent, December 2016

 
The strongback bolted to the asphalt, with diagonal braces and 2x4 stanchions for mounting bulkheads                                     The bulkheads, lofted from the table of offsets, erected on the strongback--note 2x4 stiffeners              

 
       Longitudinals: sheer clamps, beam shelves and chine logs scarfed full-length                      Longitudinals in place, with the box keel started using 1" marine plywood                                        

 
                                           The apron/forefoot/knee assembly from 6x6 Wolmanized pine                                                   In place on the frame--beam shelves, sheer clamps and chine logs are installed--box keel started

 
Forming the "flat-frame" structural members of the duck tail stern                                                   The rope leading left is holding the 6x6 stern post plumb while the epoxy cures


The duck tail stern planked from two layers of 3/8" marine plywood, scarfed into the 3/4" plywood topsides planking. Bottom planking is 1" marine plywood.

 
Planking the hollow box keel--filling in the propeller aperture (left); preparing to plank the bottom (right)

 
                                                             The box keel planked                              Topsides planking finished; bottom planking approaching the bow--due to twist, the remaining bottom planking consists of two laminates of 1/2" plywood

   
                                               Planking finished; note the transition from overlap to butt joint along the chine                    Starting the outer stem laminations using 3/8" x 5 1/2" strips of yellow pine    Finishing the outer stem--the bow structure is over 10" thick--very strong!


The finished hull, ready for Xynole-polyester fabric and epoxy; note the step scarf of outer stem to the solid yellow pine gripe keel; note taped and faired butt joints

 
Xynole/epoxy covering the hull--the starboard side is finished, and the port side has just been wet out                                           Layers overlap the keel and stem          


The first layer of Xynole/epoxy is finished, including two layers over the keel and stem, and the hull has been sanded to #60 grit using the low-speed Makita body grinder with thick 8" soft pad


After cleaning the sanded hull, a second layer of Xynole/epoxy is laid below the boot top--eight layers are laid over the stem and keel


The sanded hull has been primed with high-build sandable epoxy primers (two coats), and turning wheels are built in place

 
The very strong lifting eye is located near the center of the hull                                            Bill Smith is setting up the gantry's chain falls                                      

 
Starting the turn--we had to beef up the turning wheels in situ!                                                                                           Half way--the next part is tricky!

 
           Almost! We used both chainfalls to control the drop--working at their upper limits!                                                                     Right-side-up at last--back in the tent                                                      

 
After removing strongback components and cleaning up the interior, I saturated it with penetrating epoxy and began installing deck structure                                                                      A cabin trunk carlin with mortises for side deck beams glued and epoxy sealed                        

 
Using a router template for beam- and hatch carlin-end mortises                                                                     Douglas fir side deck beams glued and sealed in place      

 
A fuel tank baffle being Xynole/epoxy covered, starting with the corners                                                            The port side fuel tank into which the baffle will be placed            

              
Cockpit well deck scupper--from outside (left) and inside (right); the hole (upper left) is for electrical conduit

 
Cockpit well deck--scupper (left), fuel fill (top) & fuel tank vent (right)                                              Cockpit showing 3" fiberglass scupper (left), and seat/locker over port fuel tank

 
Starboard-side water tank with baffles, Xynole/epoxy covered and painted with epoxy potable-water tank coating                                                          Settees in the main saloon built over the water tanks--centerboard trunk between                                   

 
                                      The main companionway steps from the cockpit                                               The cockpit--holding tank and shower well (upper left); starboard fuel tank (lower left); engine compartment (right)

 
                    The fore deck and forepeak hatch opening                                                                                                            Fore peak (chain & rode locker) and access ladder

 
The forepeak hatch coamings and hatch frame glued in place                                                                                                      The foc's'le ladder and cabinets roughed in

 
            The foc's'le V-berth framed with removable cabin sole                                                                                        The cargo hold hatch openings                                                          

 
The cockpit/pilothouse: starboard helm seat/locker (left); engine compartment and port seat locker (right)                    Forward port seat locker open showing drain channels                         

 
The aft sleeping cabin showing hanging lockers, drawer boxes and removable cabin sole                                          The aft cockpit showing bench seat/locker              

 
Using the coachroof beam template to cut the tops of cabin ends; decks covered with Xynole/epoxy                                                      Starting the coachroof frame for the main saloon (note 2x4 stiffener)                                      

 
A first laminate for a cabin corner using 3mm Meranti plywood                                                                                             The aft cabin coachroof frame, with rounded corners aft                                   

 
The main saloon coachroof in frame--the 2x4s on top hold the beams in alignment while the headliner is installed


The raised fore deck over the foc's'le--beams here are 2" high (coachroof beams are 1 3/4" high), and crown is the same as for the decks

 
A cabin trunk corner laminated from six layers of Meranti plywood                                                Headliner installed for the main saloon--pre-wired for overhead lights

 
                                                     The cockpit/pilothouse showing the port side seat/locker and engine hatch; coamings are doubled in thickness              The Cockpit helm seat on the starboard side; propane bottles under outboard; tool box inboard                                                              

   
The main saloon with pre-painted headliner installed--Galley to port, office to starboard, settees forward                  View forward from the aft cabin coachroof--the outside head/shower compartment is to starboard--all Xynole/epoxy covered                              


Early May, 2017 -- The structurally complete boat is shrink-wrapped for the brutal south Florida summer; labor time was 24 1/2 weeks, and materials costs were just under $16,000