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Bob Curtis Builds a Dillon Laker 14

"Starting the tunnel installation...."

"This Laker 14 tunnel racer will be powered by a reconditioned 1964 Mercury inline six Tower Of Power from Owen Marine, Manchester NH."

"Another view of the tunnel plank installation."

Bob is building his Laker 14 in Royal Palm Beach, Florida, USA.

"Tunnel plank is complete. I doubled sealed the plank to the tunnel side area with a bead of epoxy and then a piece of inside corner cove molding to ensure there will be zero chance leaks, If you look closely you can see I even got the hull spray rails installed."

"In the process or assembling one of the sponsons. I got a piece of 3-inch PVC pipe, put a cap on one end, put the sponson pieces in and filled the pipe with water.... 2 1/2 days later bending into position went without much problem. Will now wait a couple of days for the glue to dry and the sponson battens to take a set before completing the assembly."

"Sponson batten assembled now waiting for the glue to dry."

"Have been rough scuff sanding most of the day in preparation of putting on the primer tomorrow. I'll wipe it down for dust one more time in the morning and if it isn't raining, I'll start applying the priming coats. Hopefully I'll be able to get two primer coats on and then let it dry for a couple of days before putting on the first coat of paint."

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