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After turning the boat back upright I can finish the topside and interior of my SCAMP

The paint has had a chance to harden. It took a bit of time because it's quite cold still in the shop.

I followed the same procedure to turn the SCAMP right side up as I had to turn it upside down. Link is to details and to a video.

Scamp ready to turn overright side up
turned over

I asked my neighbour for help and he gathered up his son, friend and wife and we easily turned the boat in the straps.

The straps allowed me to lift the boat off the sawhorses and remove them. I put a couple of 4x4 under the skeg area and it was simple to just lower the boat gently down. The straps with the ratchet make it easy to lift the boat and give a level of safety in case someone drops their end.

Finishing the Cuddy

The little cabin had been assembled and the top glassed before, but I had not put in fillets or tidied up the edges.

rounding over the edgesscraping drips and bumps

There is no major woodwork to do but a lot of finishing and cleaning up epoxy. I also have to round the various edges. It's actually quite pleasant to be working on the top again. I've set it down so it's much lower and easier to work on than when it was on the building cradle.

It took a bit of time to round the edges of the drainage holes. I had only roughly trimmed the glass so I did that, and readied the joints for filleting.

rounding over the edgesfront drain hole

Fillets and rounding of the cuddy is pretty much done. A couple spots left to touch up and another coat of epoxy to do but otherwise good progress.

Back Cowling

Back cowling

I have to decide how to proceed with the back cowling. As it is it overhangs the sides but I still have to install the outside gunwale. I have to figure out how all that goes together. I have a couple of nice ash boards for the outside gunwales and I might want to leave it bright, so it's important that the back fit nicely otherwise it will strand out. To be continued ...

Rounding the cowling

I got the router ready and set up to round the inside and outside of the cowling. It needs enough rounding to be comfortable to the arms while sailing.

rounding bitside before routing

The last time I had gone to the Hamilton Woodworking show I had bought a nice rounding bit with a half inch shank. My old one was on it's last legs. It was one of these sets you buy in the big box stores as a promotion, and the whole set of 12, 1/4 inch shank bits cost as much as one good bit. Still I got good value out of the cheap set.

I don't know why I worry so much about using the router. Maybe it's the noise. As usual the routing went without any trouble and made a lovely smooth edge. The radius is 3/16 and it feels just right.

routed edgedetail of back end of cowling edge

I used files and sandpaper to get the rounding done where the router could not reach. I still have a bit of finishing near the base of the back of the side cowling but not too much work. I'll also sand the bottom edge to round it a bit. I don't think I'll use the router though.


I knew I had a mouse in the shop but I had never seen it. He finally came around while I was quietly working. I made a trap and so far I've released 5 mice. I guess I have more than I thought.

emails: Christine

If you decide to build a boat be careful. These tools can be dangerous. If you don't know how to safely handle something find out.

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