Summer Breeze

David Beede won the 2001 Duckworks Design contest, and the prize was getting to have his design built.  On this page we will document the building Summer Breeze.

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I started with two sheets of 1/4" lauan ply.  The first is ripped into three 16" wide panels.  Two of these are cut to the rocker of the aft part of the boat.

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I guess I want to build new boats because I think the new boat will be better than the last one.  The same goes for techniques.  I am always trying new stuff in hopes it will be wonderful.  I tried something new for making taped butt joints.  My floor is so uneven that using weights to hold the joint together doesn't work very well.  What I did was to use one inch finish nails (how many pennies is that) to tack the pieces down to a piece of scrap 3/4" ply with some poly film inbetween.  I'll pull the nails out after the joint cures.  We'll see sb02.jpg (80142 bytes)
I did not have any bi-axial tape on hand, so I cut some cloth on the bias for taping these joints. sb03.jpg (92713 bytes)
 Here are the side pieces tacked to a piece of scrap 3/4" ply in preparation for taping. sb04.jpg (76386 bytes)
Side panel joint taped. sb05.jpg (92398 bytes)
Next Day:  Now it is time to test the new process.  I used a big screwdriver to pry the cured joint up - it came with surprising ease.  Some of the nails came up with the joint, and some pulled through the wrong way, staying in the scrap below. sb06.jpg (83583 bytes)
Then I simply pulled the nails (spaced every 6-10 inches) with a pair of pliers.  It worked great.  The joints are perfectly flat, and nothing stuck to anything it shouldn't have. sb07.jpg (93979 bytes)
I turned everything over and lightly sanded the other side before taping it.  No pictures, but I cut out the transom, the frame, the rudder, and the rudderhead too.   sb08.jpg (84019 bytes)
Funny how boat building brings out the tourists.  This is my brother, Louis, and my daughter Audrey.  I put the bottom across a couple of saw horses, and temporarily attached the transom and frame to the sides.  The somewhat darker appearance of the plywood here results from priming with a mixture of 2 parts epoxy resin, and 1 part lacquer thinner. sb09.jpg (75904 bytes)
On the bow, I made a couple of blocks to hold the sides in while I weld the thing together sb10.jpg (65685 bytes)
When everything is pretty straight, I take a bevel gauge and measure the angle halfway between the transom and the frame.   sb11.jpg (45622 bytes)
Then I cut a block to that angle, and screw it to the side and bottom so that the edges form a "V" for welding. sb12.jpg (45113 bytes)
Now, I go all around the bottom/side joint measuring and screwing in blocks. Some builders reccommend tying the joint together with wire or cable ties, but I prefer the blocks.  It's a matter of taste.  I also watch for fairness in the shear line, and try to help make it better with clamps and blocks of wood (see stick near bow) sb13.jpg (64406 bytes)
Here I part ways with a lot of stitch and gluers again.  Mostly you hear to fillet the inside first, then do the outside.  I 'weld' the outside first.  Make sure and paint the joint with liquid epoxy first so it won't starve, then use a paddle to lay thickened resin in the 'V' formed by the bottom and side. sb14.jpg (44467 bytes)
In this picture I have 'welded' all the way around the bottom, and down the stem.  Now wait until the epoxy set's up. sb15.jpg (54013 bytes)
The next day, I knocked the blocks out, and inserted a couple of bulkheads.  Then I filleted and taped the inside of the joints throughout the boat sb16.jpg (66692 bytes)
Unfortunately, I did not have a lot of time to work on SB this weekend.  I did get the rudder blade, head, and tiller cut out, and the pintles and gudgeons fitted.  In this picture, I have glued a couple of lead weights into the lower end of the blade.  There are weights holding everything down, and some black trash bag material underneath. sb17.jpg (74513 bytes)
Here you can see the parts of the rudder assembly all together.  The tiller is in front, the head is in back and the pintles and gudgeons are on the Teflon washer. sb18.jpg (38612 bytes)
This close-up shows the pintles and gudgeons.  These are made from raw castings which we will soon sell in our store.  You can see the castings at the bottom of the picture.  Finished parts are shown above.  sb20.jpg (44293 bytes)
I also managed to get the outside chines sanded down and taped, and the forward and rear decks cut out.  sb19.jpg (60302 bytes)
I tried another experiment (I can't help myself!) on the seams: while the epoxy was still tacky, I spread polyester body filler (Bondo) over the tape, sort of the way a drywall floater does with plaster.  In theory, this lets the epoxy bond to the polyester.  Later, I use a random orbital sander with a 50 grit disk to smooth everything out.  It seems very smooth.  When the paint is on, we will know for sure. sb21.jpg (59159 bytes)
The previous picture and this one show the "keel" being glued to the bottom.  There are screws from the inside every foot or so, and some creative clamping on the ends. sb22.jpg (54109 bytes)
You've seen this picture a thousand times:  The gunnels clamped together with every clamp in the county. sb23.jpg (63612 bytes)
I used some clear yellow pine strips ripped from an 8x10 for the gunnels.  The inwale and the outwale are separated by 3" long blocks of the same material.  I think this looks good, adds a bit of strength, and provides places to tie things. sb24.jpg (47082 bytes)
We are using glossy latex enamel exclusively on this boat.  I have used all kinds of paint, and this is the best. sb25.jpg (53323 bytes)
Sandra likes to paint, and I had other work to do that day, so she did the honors.  In truth, she does a much better job. sb26.jpg (54700 bytes)
Here is a closeup of the gunnel - front deck intersection. sb27.jpg (55773 bytes)
Summer Breeze makes the Conroe Messabout. sb29.jpg (74567 bytes)
Sandra and I sailing Summer Breeze at the Southeast Messabout at Lake Martin in Alabama.  (photo by Maddog) sb30.jpg (154710 bytes)
Two Summer Breezes finally meet at Cedar Key.  David Beede (the designer) is sailing the one on the left, I the one on the right.  (Photo by Julie Johnson) sb31.jpg (15063 bytes)