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September 18, 2015

Cold molded boats don’t really have individual planks, so sheerstrakes, especially ones in the Herreshoff style that are such an important part of a replica’s aesthetic, have to be modified.  Here’s a cool shop trick on applying Herreshoff-style sheerstrakes to the Alerion 26 at Brion Rieff Boat Builders in Brooklin. Maine.

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6 Responses So Far to “Cool Shop Trick: Applying a Herreshoff-Style Sheerstrake to a Cold Molded Alerion 26

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    Ronald Kerr says:

    Is there any answers to the above questions as I have the same dilemma ( cold Moulder hull and wanting to put the traditional shear on her )

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    James Cornwell says:

    I’m also intrigued by the use of hot melt glue, which looks like it could solve innumerable shop dilemmas, if properly deployed. Sort of like a “sky hook” in building construction. Please explain. Thanks!

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    Frank Hruby says:

    I have the same question as Charles thompson, how do you remove the hot melt clamp anchors off the hull with out damaging the underlying cold molded hull. I often use tack holt melt glue welds to hold temporary jigs and just tap the anchor with a hammer or sometimes a chisel and hammer on occaion, that will lift fiber off the good surface which you did not want to damage with screws….. so how do you remove the hot melt glue secured clamp anchors with out damaging the hull…..

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      Charles Thompson says:

      I found out that rubbing alcohol works like magic to get the shot glue to release.

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    Linda Austin-Morin says:

    What is the process you use for milling the profile of the sheerstrake?

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    Charles Thompson says:

    How do you get the hot-glued blocks off? I’ve heard rubbing alcohol works–is that how?


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