{Stus-List} Hull Construction Question

Colin Beckmann alchemist1 at rogers.com
Mon Mar 29 11:39:52 EDT 2010


I think you are right on your premise of what they did for the CB 
boats.   I think they also had to do this for the fins because the keel 
box is so deep.  I don't know how they would lay this up if the keel 
sump and the hull were made at the same.   I  am not aware of any CB 
38-3's but  I have seen the line drawings and they show at least 5 
different keels, all with a different sump.

I also think it is some kind of polyester product.  They must have glass 
backing this up in side the hull.  I can't imagine thickened polyester 
resin is that strong.

Thanks for the input.

Does anyone know how they got the boot stripe lines in the gelcoat.  
Clearly it is sprayed in but how did they mask off the areas, and once 
the first color is in, how do they get the next color in.  Someone would 
have to go into the mold and remove the masking tape and retape for the 
next one.  I would have thought the gelcoat would have been fragile and 
easily damaged.  My 38 has white/blue/white/red/white/blue.   This must 
have been labour intensive.


Morgenstern, Keith E CIV SEA 08 NR wrote:
> Colin,
> One thing that might bear on the answer is whether you have a CB version
> of the 38-3 or not.
> My 1987 35-3 is a CB model, and my belief is that C&C used the same mold
> for both boats (regular and CB).
> My guess is that they built the keel stub for the regular keel into the
> mold.  
> But for CB models this had two problems:
> 1. the stub is too deep
> 2. the stub is not long enough
> CB models have a lead keel that starts right at the hull (at most 3"-5"
> of stub) and the keel is about 3 feet longer than the regular keel
> models.
> So, to build a CB boat, they blanked off most or all of the deel keel
> stub and built the boat.  After they popped it out, they had a boat with
> zero or no stub, so they separately built a stub-adapter piece, and
> slapped that on the bottom of the hull.
> What you are seeing might be the edges of this stub piece.
> <<the above assumes a CB boat>>
> I had the same yellow joint, don't know the material, but I am guessing
> it was a thickened polyester putty to take up the un-even mating
> surfaces of the two pieces.  It seems unlikely they would have used
> epoxy, since they don't seem to use epoxy ANYWHERE else on the boat.
> My guess is also backed up by the fact that this yellowish material is
> also rather brittle compared to epoxy.
> For your purposes, as long as the mold wax is eliminated from the joint
> area, and it's clean, pretty much anything should stick well enough.
> -Keith Morgenstern
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Colin Beckmann [mailto:alchemist1 at rogers.com] 
> Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2010 7:52 AM
> To: cnc-list at cnc-list.com
> Subject: {Stus-List} Hull Construction Question
> I have stripped the bottom of my 1988 C&C 38-3.  I am going to put 
> Interportect 2000 on it.   
> Once I had stripped the old paint and tar off I found that the hull and 
> keel stub appear to be have made at different times and then bonded 
> together, or perhaps the keel stub was built earlier and then the rest 
> of the hull was built around it once the stub was complete.    The 
> reason I came to this conclusion  because there is a clear joint in the 
> hull that is 24" in front of the keel, 18" out from each side of the 
> keel and approximately 30"   behind the keel.    The joint is yellow in 
> color and has some very small voids in it which I want to patch. 
> My question is, does anyone know what this yellow bonding material is.
> I assume the boat is polyester construction, and I also assume that this
> bonding material is also polyester.   I want to repair using 3M 
> vinylester and have some concerns that this yellow compound might be 
> epoxy.  
> Anyone have any ideas?
> thanks
> Colin
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