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Project Stages

   Getting Started

   Hull Construction

   > Building the Form

   > Planking

   > Fiberglass

   > Fitting the Frames

   > Lower Deck

   > Ballast Test

   > Main Deck & Finishing

   Masting and Rigging

   Into the Water


 About the project

The first lamination of the main deck is glued down with epoxy.  This deck has to be laminated up with two layers of 1/4" plywood because of the curves both across the ship, the camber, and along the ship, the sheer.  Plywood does not like these compound curves so thin sheets have to be used.  You might wonder why the screws are always removed after the glue drys rather than just leaving them in. There are three reasons - 1) They are often going Into the Water plywood edgewise and this tends to split the plywood - removing them reduces some of that tendency.  2)  It's no fun to have to make a saw cut or drill a hole where a screw is.  Since only a sketchy idea exists of what comes next in building Little Leon, the chance that that might happen is too high if they are left in.   3)  It's kind of fun to just rely on the epoxy."

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