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Pratique 35 steel kit sailboat project of Peter Weston

Page 5 - Hull Side Panels

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

Dragging side panels into position.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

Third panel being tacked into position.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

All panels tacked in place. The fairness of the hull can be seen from the smoothness of the chine curves.

At this stage the only framing is on the outside and has been used primarily to help set the starting angle for each panel while it is worked into position. The accurate shaping of all plates by computer controlled cutting is the primary factor that give the hull its fairness.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

All hull skin panels in place, awaiting bow cone.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

Bow cone fitted and tacked in place. The cone helps to establish the final alignment of the forward ends of the plates.

Pratique 35 steel boat kits

Inside view of cone, which has been shaped in a break machine.

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