Another FS17 Build Thread

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Another FS17 Build Thread

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After looking at the plans for the OD15, OB15, FS14, and FS17, I decided on the FS17 and purchased the CNC kit. It arrived just fine and I got started on cutting all the pieces out. This led me to make a few observations that I had not fully considered; it take a bit of space to bot build it and to provide a laydown for all of the pieces, there needs to be a separate place to build the stringers, transom, and assemble the bottom and sides, and you need to keep the cats out of the garage when you are gluing everything together (it helps to both minimize the footprints and keeps the fur out of the glue). I looked at quite a few pictures of the different strong back setups and I now realize that mine may be a little on the high side so I need to put together some work steps to make it easier to access the middle of the hull.

The CNC kit is pretty exact with respect to dimensions and just as it says in the description it goes together pretty easily (but then I am just starting). I did have one small issue and that was the placement of the bow frame (frame A) as it does not ride on top of the 2x6 rails, I had to search for the dimension for its placement at the end of the rails, but in the end not an extreme issue, I just needed to read the plans a little bit closer.

The puzzle joints are easy to put together, I added a strip of cloth on the outside to give them a little more strength when I transferred them from the floor to the frame (I heard that they may come apart, but they are pretty solid) I will sand the tape down or feather it before long, just temporary strength.

As the larger parts all come together I am slowly freeing up space in the garage.
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Loosely zip tied
Loosely zip tied
Frame A sits too high - must be lowered
Frame A sits too high - must be lowered
From the front
From the front



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Nice to see another being built, post lots of pictures, and you will get lots of helpful feedback from the peanut gallery :)

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Like Narfi said it is great to see another build thread. As said post lots of pictures and ask if you have any questions. There are NO dumb questions except the ones not asked. Another benefit of posting pictures is one of the guys might spot a boo-boo and save you a ton of work. :D

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Fuzz wrote: Thu Jan 06, 2022 8:00 pm There are NO dumb questions except the ones not asked.
I thought I broke that rule a couple times already…

The CNC kits are the bomb. I used one for Lil Bit (v12). The hard part when working with the kit is remembering that nothing needs to be as exact as those pieces. Gaps are ok. It’s amazing the sins glass, wood flour and fairing compound take care of.

Enjoy the process. We are all here to help (except with sanding … your on your own there).
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Keep building, you are doing well!!!! Jeff

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Can't wait to see some epic photos of that boat in Lake Tahoe!
There are only two seasons in Vermont: boating season, and boat-building season.

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Love the rod holders on the garage door, btw, genius!
There are only two seasons in Vermont: boating season, and boat-building season.

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You're off to a good start! I look at the photos of the hull in your garage, and the stuff around it . . . I hope you plan to protect your fishing gear from all the dust you're about to make!! :lol:
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Sweet! Someone else in California!

Welcome and i look forward to following along. What are the plans for the final boat? Center console? Dual console?

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The whole strongback assembly is built rigid and is on rollers. I plan to slide it out into the driveway for the major sanding, and shaping stages once everything is basically put together. And do the glassing, filling, and cutting inside the garage. This is the central valley and it rarely rains, and rarely freezes. The epoxy does take a little longer to cure in the winter, but not much.

The boat will eventually have a center console, 40hp outboard, and go out of Morro Bay.

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