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Cape Henry 21 Build Photos

Page 2 - Centreplate case, hull bottom
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Cape Henry 21 lapstrake plywood boat kits

Sergio Vianna's Cape Cutter 19. He is building the centreplate case and has coated the one inside surface with epoxy containing graphite to improve friction properties. Before assembly the other side will also be done.

Cape Henry 21 lapstrake plywood boat kits

Centreplate case assembled and bonded into bulkheads. This photo is looking aft from in front of the mast bulkhead.

Cape Henry 21 lapstrake plywood boat kits

Same stage, looking forward from the cockpit area.

Cape Henry 21 lapstrake plywood boat kits

Bottom skin being fitted. The forward bottom panel has a lot of twist, so it must be done with okoume plywood. Plywood made from other species of timber is too stiff to twist to the required shape.

This panel has kerfs cut into the inner surface and has been softened by wetting or steaming to assist fitting. Steaming it with a wallpaper stripper is a good way to do this.

Cape Henry 21 lapstrake plywood boat kits

This shows the inside face of the forward bottom panel. The lines across the panel are kerfs that are cut half way through the panel to increase flexibility.

Cape Henry 21 lapstrake plywood boat kits

Same stage from another angle. The kerfs will be filled with epoxy after fitting the panel.

Cape Henry 21 lapstrake plywood boat kits

Aft bottom panel being fitted. There is minimal twist aft, so the panels lie quite easily.

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