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Highlights of Korgen's Mini Vee, 2009

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The construction notes for the Mini Vee already call for doubling the thickness of the coaming to withstand the strains on the motorboard. Here I've extended that concept to include a bit of protection for the driver. This coaming also is very tall and should come up to the driver's shoulder.

Bulkhead #4 is located right behind the driver's seat and is the largest of the bulkheads. It is also inherently fragile (before installation) because of the slots where it joins the coaming half-lap style. (The same situation applies to the Pro Vee.)

I had already cut out #4 for this boat when it occured to me that this bulkhead could just as well be cut in three separate pieces -- one between the coaming, and two outside -- as are numbers two and three. Next boat, I believe I'll go that way.

Early in the 2009 racing season, a builder's inattention and a few laps of rough-water racing lead to this mess.

The builder, of course, was me. My young driver, Drake, was the poor soul who went for a swim.

The original Mini Vee had a single brace between bulkhead #4 and the transom -- a 1x1 along the bottom and a several-inch-wide length of plywood to back it up. On the next Mini, I installed only the 1x1 and somehow thought that would be enough.

The new Mini Vee has two full-fledged braces here, just to be sure. (On both sides of the boat, of course.)

The bottom completed. I used a simple wedge at the transom to help the boat through the turns. The reasons are covered in the Mini Vee construcion notes.

The hull turned over.

The ridge beam in the cowling is notched into the cowling bulkhead and dashboard. A single screw where the beam meets the deck holds it in place. It can be easily removed to work on the inside of the boat.

Actually, instead of a notch in the dash I made a pocket from a small piece of plywood.

Deck and cowling completed. I used 3mm (1/8") marine plywood for the cowling, but thicker marine or exterior plywood could also be used -- but you'll have to saw a series of kerfs on the underside to make it flexible enough.

I bolted the hood hold-downs to steel angle brackets; they were not designed to be carried around a corner.

Korgen on the water.

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