Boxtop bulkhead 22

Here is part of the bulkhead 22 bits, not shown is the middle 24X26 ply spacer.

Here are the remaining bits to be trimmed and glued once the other assemblies are dry.

And while we’re at it, below are two central bulkheads ready for the top and bottom cuts of lumber. Truth be told, I’m still working on mast placement. Will she be a yawl, ketch, or traditional junk? It’s all good. The middle 10 feet if the boat is basically asymmetrical. I can pretty much place the bulkheads anywhere I want as long as I don’t leave a large unsupported area.

While I’m here and typing stuff very few persons if any will ever read, A few days ago I realized that the Boxtop design completely adheres to the Phil Bolger ” sea of peas” theory. That is one of the reasons that, if properly built I think the BT will be a fairly fast and exciting boat to sail. Google Phil Bolger for more info. Phil was a great naval designer with a talent for thinking out of the box. Boxtop was designed by Jim Michalak, who is a student of Phil’s. It’s no wonder that the BT is so Bolgeresque!

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More Boxtop frames

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Paradox finally gets some love!

My little dox has been patiently waiting for a much needed refurbishment. I’ve been a bit intimidated with this project so I’ve been ignoring it for months. Today she got a few hours of sanding and now I feel like there is somewhat of a plan, at least having to do with the aft house. I’m gonna think a bit before I execute however. You can’t be too hasty with these things!

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Boxtop update

Three more bulkheads rough cut. Transom, aft water tight bulkhead, middle cockpit bulkhead. Of course, they all need lumber measured, cut and glued. I decided to do all the smaller bulkheads leaving the four very large bulkheads for last.

I decided I needed something for scale. I was going to use a banana as a joke, but it really makes a poor example so I’ll use something more reasonable!

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Fantasma, now as an eBoat!

Here is my until now rarely used Matt Layden Enigma 460 setup as an electric trawler.  She is about 42 inches wide, 15.5 feet long and mostly flat bottomed.  As designed she needed a good 750 lb of ballast or more to sit right in the water.  She is currently setup with a 28-LB trolling motor, and 4 6V-230AH wet cells.  I have them arranged as two 12V batteries in parallel.  I have about 350 LB of lead bricks to bring her up on her lines, although this will likely have to be adjusted up or down in the future.

A boat like this has a theoretical hull speed of something like 4.3Kts.  My goal is to be able to reach hull speed (in fairly calm waters, no current, minimal wind) and cruise for two days, for a total of 4 hours per day .  That span would meet many of my “weekend” outings” as far as needed range.  That’s a minimum goal, and I’ll see where I can go from there.

I realize I may (or will likely) need to double the motor size and potentially the battery bank too.   I’ll report on things in a few weeks when I’ve had time to verify she does not sink, can handle the road damage of hauling the weight, etc.

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If you were building a boxtop, the first two bulkheads would look like this!

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Workin wood

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