Checking Shape from template provided by designer. - 30 ft. hull.
The All Important Test Panel - on Glass.
Test Panel Revealed. Typical KSS Workshop.
Fixing Half Hull Shape. KSS 42ma used Ratchet Straps to Pull Shape.
Third half hull. 4 days and all topsides smooth. KSS 42ma.
18mm Melamine Chipboard Table, resting on Trestles.
Table Surface Polished Four Times.
Typical KSS Resin Infusion Table Set-Up.
Rolls of Glass are Heavy, but easy to Pull of the Roll onto the Table.
Vacuum Guage. A few more leaks to find to raise the pressure above 20.
The Deck Edge Radius Batten Made Directly from PVC Tube.
Gel Coat Applied by Roller.
Joining Foam Sheets using Hot Glue Gun.
Foam on top of Outside Skin and Gel Coat.
Laying out the Inside Skin, leaving shaped area without the inside skin.
The Transverse Layers of Uni Glass.
Mixing the catalyst. Note tap in the bottom of the bucket.
Detail of Vaccum Bag Sealed to the Table, with Pleats and Bridge Taking the Resin Supply Tube under the Bag.
Ready to open the resin supply taps. Note Parcel Tape Seal on long edge of bag.
Two Panels ready for trimming and grooving.
Two panels, gel side up. Ready to trim.
Skill saw cuts the longitudinal grooves. Special shoe fitting guides the saw, 20 mm off last groove cut.
Two Hull Panels Back to Back and Trimmed. 25ft. Hull in Denver.
String Tie Method to Create Hinge, Allowing Keel Line Angle.
Panels Spread at Deck.
Shape Before Pulling Keel Curve, Three Spreader Timbers Only Inside.
Bow Area has to be Spread Further for Final Shape.
Rods Provide Good Control From Outside The Hull.
Two Hours Into Setting Up the Rod and Keel Timber Arrangement.
Threaded Rod Set Up At the Transom.
Slott In Keel Timber Allows the Fingers to Close Down as Compound Curvature is Achieved.
Transom to the Left. Rod at each Station.
Shaping Underway, Rods are Being Tightened.
Sections Flatten as Tension is Applied. More Rods to Set Up.
Does Not Look Like This Started as a Flat Panel.
Inside View Looking to Bow. Timbers and rods positioned on stations marked on the panels.
Grey Topsides are of Divinycell. Below is of Corecell.
Lines Showing in Corecell are Infusion Grooves and (lighter) Longitudinal Shaping Grooves in Chine Area.
Bow view from inside. Fair Shapes are Guaranteed.
Looking Back to the Transom.
Close to Final Shape - Need Two More Rods.
Four Days, Plus Three more Hours Using the New Rod Shaping Arrangement.