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A side of ribs…

To go no where…

As part of the support structure for the mast, the SeaSprite 23 used a pair of supports that ran from the compression beams down into the sides of the hull itself. These solid bits of resin had half holes taken out of them and while not exactly looking pretty, did look the part of being ship shape.

You can just about make them out here, forwards of the sink and cabinet.

supports

In order to replicate them and make them prettier, I needed to epoxy some false “ribs” to the side of the hull that travel downwards from the compression beams. To these, I will fashion and secure some plywood replicas that will straddle the support beams and capture the false “ribs” into one solid structure.

But first.. I needed to get the false ribs into place.

So I started with some 3/4 by 3/4 inch oak cut to 54 inches in length and then sawed half way through them every inch for most of their length. This allows me to bend them to the shape of the hull. To leave them whole would stress the glassfibre that Flirt is made of and would probably make them break loose first time she took a wave wrong. With the cuts the oak bent easily to the contours so I could epoxy them into place and fill in the cuts for strength.

Falce Ribs

False Ribs 2

I need more clamps if I am to keep this up. Really love the dewalt ones that turn into spreaders.

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A long time sailor who has been away from the water for too long, I am working hard to bring an old and abused boat back to life. When not working on my boat, I can often be found working as a Stage Hand in Atlantic City or just out and about on my Mountain Bike. I really come off as a quiet and boring person when people first meet me.

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