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Construction of the Dillon Mini Vee 2009

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The bulkheads have been cut out. Here they receive cleats which will help to bond them to the bottom plywood or other parts of the framework.

The coamings set up for to take the bulkheads. The template on the wall behind shows the original outline, and the new taller version being built here.

Bulkheads one and four and the transom are one-piece structures. Bulkheads two and three are three-piece structures, with the middle parts (shown in place here) only temporary, to be removed after the bottom is completed and the hull turned over. The outer parts of two and three are left off for the moment to make installation of the "keel" a bit easier.

The keel in place, as well as the outer parts of bulkheads two and three.

Perhaps the boat seemed a bit short. Well here's 36" more length -- the stem, with the breasthooks already glued on and a temporary brace holding it square to bulkhead one.

Bend on the sheer clamps and we're ready to bevel off the framework and prepare for bottom planking.

Fitting the first two pieces of bottom planking.

Completing the bottom planking.

The pad and lifting strakes are now installed. The pad still needs to be trimmed forward to match the deadrise of the bottom, then blended into the square-edged section aft.

The forward part of the pad is blended into the bottom. The wide part of the pad has been flattened with the longboard. Now the finish goes on -- a few coats of clear epoxy.

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