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Amateur Projects - Hout Bay 33
of Francisco Rego


Francisco Rego is building his Hout Bay 33 in Santo Tirso, Portugal.

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Here he has all frames set up and stringers fitted. He has also chosen to fit the framing of the keel at this stage.

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Francisco is fitting the radius plates first. Later the edges of thse plates will be trimmed back to tangent line intersections with the side and bottom plates.

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All hull plating fitted and tacked in place ready for welding.

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In process of rolling upright. Francisco is rolling the hull on tyres to protect it from damage.

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Same stage, from the other side.

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Francisco used chainblocks and hydraulic jacks to turn the hull over.

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Hull welding completed and keel plated. With the hull turned upright, it now looks like a boat. Francisco's hull looks nice and fair.

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Same stage looking from forward. He has done a nice job of the radius plating.

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