albergman Posted January 9, 2016 Share Posted January 9, 2016 (edited) Hi all I've been at this off and on for a while but I've decided to post some shots of this project now that I'm back at it. It's for a friend who had this boat in the charter business for many years in the British Virgin Islands but has since sold it. This line of Beneteau's is particularly well built (a German Frers design for those who care) and can handle heavy weather with grace. My wife and I joined them to sail it from Tortola to Antigua (via San Maarten) and back in stiff headwinds going south and it was a treat to sail. In recent years Beneteau started to build a line of 51 footers for The Moorings charter business and, though pretty, they were just not the same animal. Lightly built, "bendy-boats" they became nicknamed. So, this will be just a half-hull, shaped from Renshape and at 1/2" to the foot makes it 26" long. They're not a particularly pretty boat "out of the water" as the hull is enormous given that it has 3 cabins, each with its own head and also a spacious main salon and galley but in their element make for a pretty sight. Here is the actual boat doing her thing ... Found these drawings of her and I've resized them and printed them to the required scale. There's enough here to get the major outlines correct. I've scoured the interweb for pictures which combined with my own on-board shots I hope to get a pretty close approximation of where things go. So ... here we go. My supply of Renshape was pretty low so I had to supplement it with the largest chunks available in my scrap bin. They're glued, screwed and the gaps are filled with good old car repair Bondo. Impressive eh??? Eventually she gets filled in and after many applications of Bondo and time spent with an angle grinder, belt sander and an orbital sander she starts to look right. Below you can see I've added some detailing around the cockpit and started marking out where all the deck hatches and windows will go. For many flat surfaces I use those little samples of Arborite and Formica you can get at the hardware stores to help you decide what colour counter tops your wife wants. My wife tends to be VERY indecisive so many samples are "liberated" for the cause. They're really nice because of their strength and perfect flatness and squared edges ... plus, they glue very well with CA. Here's the ugly (behind the curtain) side where the cockpit has been hacked out. This is stuff you never want the owner to see! Here's the little module that forms the cockpit sole and some seating ... mostly done with aforementioned samples It just slides into place when needed. I'm leaving it out for now. Everything looks a bit rough at this point but bear with me. Back later Frank http://www.britmodel...flying-scotsman http://www.britmodel...ilt-triumph-tr6 http://www.britmodel...tsy-wooden-cars http://www.britmodel...uilt-half-hulls http://www.britmodel...rt-fishing-boat http://www.britmodel...build-lola-t70/ http://www.britmodel...agon-tarted-up/ Edited January 22, 2016 by albergman 7 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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