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Old 11-06-2020, 07:39 PM   #1
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Westcapers Transom Replacement

Well this year is the big year, replacing the transom. The previous owner told me it would need doing but it didn't stop me from purchasing. It's been such a great boat that this massive project is well worth it.
Disclaimer: I'm not a shipwright nor carpenter, I'm a pipefitter by trade and honing my skills as a wooden boat builder on my own time, I make mistakes, cut the odd corner but in the end it'll be a strong functional result.

It's a can of worms, transom, bilge stringers, deck beams, planking, gunnel, decks and the odd rib. I certainly have my work cut out for me this winter.

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Old 11-06-2020, 07:41 PM   #2
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Old 11-06-2020, 07:44 PM   #3
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Also have a few random smaller projects on the go, such as new water system/tank relocation, batteries relocation and rudder gland refurbish to name a few

Having the rotted stub machined off with a new socket to accept the new pipe, which will run full length through the hull for a greater seal. Going to silver solder the pipe on once the socket has been machined Attachment 109731Attachment 109732Click image for larger version

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Old 11-06-2020, 07:54 PM   #4
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Nice. Look forward to seeing the progress on this. Brentwood is a nice area, my daughter used to row and I visited there a few times.

Plywood or planked stern?
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Greetings,
Mr. WC. Formidable task indeed. Have you ever considered adding a few extra feet onto the repair?
Edit: Just a thought...I wonder if you make your exhaust joint with a short length of rubber tubing rather than a hard silver soldered joint might you reduce any vibrations from the exhaust being transferred to the hull?
Meaning, machine off the rotted section and silver solder on a short length of same diameter exhaust pipe THEN make the final join with rubber tube.
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And I thought that I was ambitious in my boat projects...
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Old 11-06-2020, 08:39 PM   #7
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Nice. Look forward to seeing the progress on this. Brentwood is a nice area, my daughter used to row and I visited there a few times.

Plywood or planked stern?
Right on, believe you're thinking of Brentwood college, in mill bay, but very close by!

It was three layers of plank, (horizontal vertical horizontal) but replacing with laminated plywood
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Greetings,
Mr. WC. Formidable task indeed. Have you ever considered adding a few extra feet onto the repair?
Edit: Just a thought...I wonder if you make your exhaust joint with a short length of rubber tubing rather than a hard silver soldered joint might you reduce any vibrations from the exhaust being transferred to the hull?
Meaning, machine off the rotted section and silver solder on a short length of same diameter exhaust pipe THEN make the final join with rubber tube.
Actually it's my rudder gland! Nothing to do with the exhaust
And yes I have thought about extending, but my work load is already passed maxed out so I'll be keeping it as is, 39'
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And I thought that I was ambitious in my boat projects...
More ambitious than I should be haha
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I think silver solder will provide an interesting metal mix for electrolysis?
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Old 11-06-2020, 11:18 PM   #11
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Brazing copper nickle to brass, using a silver solder or BCuP5 rod will be ok. I'm a high pressure brazer for submarine piping, no worries here, tis my specialty
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You hauled out at Westport? I spent a winter on the hard there doing my engine replacement project.
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Sure am! Was that last year?
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Yes. Was up on the hard from November until early March. Our boat is moored at the RVYC facility in Sidney, next to Westport. We are very familiar with Westport having been there for at least 12 years before moving to our current spot.
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I too was there last year, October to March, replacing a section of the port side
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Yes. Was up on the hard from November until early March. Our boat is moored at the RVYC facility in Sidney, next to Westport. We are very familiar with Westport having been there for at least 12 years before moving to our current spot.
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Great project pictures and description! Keep them coming. I enjoy seeing others people's work and methods like this.

Ambitious first project but doable.

Whats the rest of the hull constructed from?
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Thanks! Not my first, but it is my second major project on this boat, last year I replaced 16ft of the port side

The hull is constructed of for strip plank over oak ribs, with an epoxy glass overlay
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Ambitious first project but doable.

Whats the rest of the hull constructed from?
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