Trawler 28 Build (TW28)

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Trawler 28 Build (TW28)

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I started building the trawler 28 last month and I am close to finishing the mold for the hull. I only have the transom and bow mold to make and should have them both done this week.

I am creating a photo gallery and will keep adding photos there as I progress.
I am going to try and post updates at least once or twice a month.
I am learning as I go, but if anyone has any questions about my build please let me know.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/mpxAy5ZuYxFCiyyp6

Some issues so far.
1. I have noticed that not all of the frame's baselines are 100% level. Just 1-2 eights of an inch off from frame to frame. I check with a laser level every time I add a frame.
I have written down all the measurements and will recheck and adjust each frame once they have all been put up.

2. Not having a long enough ruler to mark and measure some of the lines needed in making the frames.
I bought a series of aluminum rulers. 6', 8', 10', 12'. This way no matter how long I need to measure or mark something I have a good straight edge fro that.

3. Making the camber curves for some of the molds. I didn't really have anything on hand for that so I got a long 2x4x12 that was perfectly straight and ripped a 1/8'' slice out of it. I attached some l brackets at the 3 points that I need. I use them to secure the wood to the board and mark the curves using that.


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Re: Trawler 28 Build (TW28)

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Setup is the key. I like to use a laser level and mark the waterline equidistant from the centerline say 7" or firther if possible. Then drill 1/4" or 3/16" holes and ise that for lining up stations.

This really helped me more than straightedges which had a tendency to follow errors..

A good laser level is about $100-150 and the best tool I purchased for my build. I spent about the same on a 4' digital level; also a good tool.
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Update 1

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Here's a quick update.

This week I have been focusing on double checking everything on the hull mold.
1. I used my laser level to make sure all the baseline and centerlines on each frame were properly lined up.
2. I also added extra bracing to all the frames and used my level to make sure they were all perpendicular.

I added some more pics to the photo gallery.
https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipN ... dReG51TDl3

I received the wood, epoxy, fiberglass, and wood flour. In the next few weeks, I will start marking up and cutting the pieces or the hull.

EDIT: I did want to add one more note. Some of you may have noticed that the transom has not been added to the frame yet. I have it built in my garage and will be adding it later. I was thinking it would be easier to mold the 2 plywood pieces over the transom while it was on the garage floor versus doing it while it's attached to the frame. J
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Re: Trawler 28 Build (TW28)

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Nice progress!!! Jeff

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Re: Trawler 28 Build (TW28)

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You need to anchor the strongback into the ground a foot or so. Otherwise, over time it will sink and not be level..otherwise, looks good and maybe u did and I don't see well..
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Re: Trawler 28 Build (TW28)

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fallguy1000 wrote: Tue Nov 01, 2022 10:08 am You need to anchor the strongback into the ground a foot or so. Otherwise, over time it will sink and not be level..otherwise, looks good and maybe u did and I don't see well..
It's a little hard to see in the pictures because the grass has grown up around the base of the feet but the bricks are sitting on a few feet of compacted gravel. So it should be pretty stable.
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Re: Trawler 28 Build (TW28)

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Jeff wrote: Tue Nov 01, 2022 7:50 am Nice progress!!! Jeff
thanks
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Re: Trawler 28 Build (TW28)

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Love it.

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Re: Trawler 28 Build (TW28)

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Strongback looks good. One suggestion. Reinforce Frame A and B as much as you can. This is where the plywood will take the most torture. Mine shifted after I brought the panels together at the bow and I didn't catch it. Over time the butt joint between the first two panels aft of the bow didn't break but bent slightly.

Keep up the good work.
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Re: Trawler 28 Build (TW28)

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Your shelter looks great for completing until you have to flip and start building the topsides and then you will need something higher. Tom
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