Fran Sneesby

Fran Sneesby lives in S.E. Queensland building multihulls for Yendys Boats Queensland.

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26 November 2017 Scarab 10

The deck was made the same way as the bottom bilge panel. The foam panel was partically split using a diamond blade in a circular saw. It was bent over the bulkheads and temporarily attached to the float. The splits were filled with filler and sanded. The deck was then removed so the tubes could be attached to the bulkheads.

Scarab 10

Scarab 10

The deck was then attached and covered with glass as on the bottom. The the float was filled ready for paint.

Scarab 10

20 November 2017
Scarab 10

I wanted a round bilge so I cut the foam partly through and bent it over the building frame.
The gaps were filled with filler and sanded. the bottom was then covered with glass over the bottom and the bilge panel. This provides a bit more protection when the boat is pulled up on the beach.
The float was turned and the bulkheads added.

Scarab 10

Scarab 10

2 November 2017
More of Scarab 10

This boat is to be built using Gurit 10mm foam laminated with 200gsm plain weave glass and polyester resin. This will make the boat very light.
It will take 9 sheets of foam to build this boat (2020mm x 1020mm).

The panels were joined and laminated the same as most of our boats, lofted and cut out using a jig saw.

The panels were attached to the building frame with dry-wall screws. A good trick is the mark the panels on the inside as the final bulkheads will fit in the same position as the temporary ones and this saves time measuring the position later. It is important that the building frame is square and the distances between the frames is accurate especially bulkheads 4 and 8 as this is where the sliding tubes will be attached.

Scarab 10

28 October 2017
Building a Scarab 10' trimaran

The 16' boat will have to wait to be finished while I fulfil an obligation to build a small boat to replace one of the boats destroyed in the fire.
Ray is designing another small trimaran (10' with sliding tubes attached to the floats). He wanted to build a prototype but he is still busy with his Scarab 32 so I will start the boat and he can jump in whenever he has time. He is working on the plans for this small boat and they should be ready soon.
The building frame (made from MDF) was set up for the floats.The building frame was attached to saw horses with angle brackets.

Scarab 10

20 October 2017
Building a Scarab 16 as an off the beach trimaran.

The boat was turned over and bulkheads were installed. Also the ring frame to support the beams. These beams were not the ones designed for the Scarab 16 but were based on the folding beams of the Scarab 18 and the Scarab 650. Then a shelf was added the same as the original Scarab 16 but with a dagger board and without the cabin. The area in front of Bulkhead 2 and the area under the shelf are sealed to add flotation.

S16

S16

29 September 2017
Building a Scarab 16 as an off the beach trimaran.

I wanted rounded bilges and we have had some success splitting a l0 mm laminated panel to a depth of about 5mm and bending it around curves on other boats. The temporary building frames were cut with rounded bilge and the split foam bent around. The splits were filled with Q cells and the bottom panel and the bilge panels were laminated with glass. This made the bottom very strong and provided some protection on the bottom of the hull. The boat was then sanded.

S16

S16

27 June 2017
Building a Scarab 16 as an off the beach trimaran.

It's been a while since I wrote anything here. The floats are pretty much finished just need to fill, sand and prime them. Tomorrow will go and pick up some plywood to build the centreboard and rudder blade.

Scarab 16

Scarab 16

Scarab 16

28 March 2017
Building a Scarab 16 as an off the beach trimaran.

After the fire I have had plenty of time to think. In January I said the 16 would be a day-sailor with a cuddy cabin. I now want to build an off the beach trimaran (more like a skiff). Rounded bilge, dagger board in the main hull and different folding system (like the Scarab 18). The boat will be basically the same as the original Scarab 16 so if anyone wants to build a boat like this off-sets can be supplied.

The new supplies arrived last week and now I can start. It will be a while until we have a new shed so the building will happen wherever we can fit it in.
The supplier was out of Gurit foam so there was a wait and all we could access was foam manufactured for vaccum bagging with many small holes all over. We fixed this by joining the panels to the appropriate length and wiping a thin layer of resin and aerosil to block the holes. Then applied the glass and peel ply. When the panel was turned there was very little bleed through. Panel was then laminated on the other side.
The panels were lofted and screwed on the building frame. Note the temporary bulkheads on the building frame are rounded to create a round bilge.

Scarab 16

Scarab 16

22 February 2017

Bought the materials for the new boat and started. Built the building frame and laminated some of the panels when we had a fire that completely destroyed the shed and all the contents. There were two 12' boats completed, the Scarab 350, and a Scarab 650 ready to paint. To feel better we went shopping yesterday to buy tools to replace some of those destroyed. On Monday I will move operations to a new location and begin again. Still have our health and nobody was hurt. Our neighbours were true heroes during the fire and helped save the house. The fire department, ambulance and police were wonderful in their support. I will need a little time to start posting pictures of the new boat but we are both in good spirits. I will call this boat the Phoenix as it will rise from the ashes.

Shed

tools

30 January 2017

It is still hot here, too hot to laminate panels. I have decided to build a Scarab 16. It will be a day-sailor with a cuddy cabin, round bilge with a similar folding system to the Scarab 18, dagger centreboard in the main hull, and pivoting rudder. The supplies have arrived and calling to me from the shed. Can't wait to get started. The boat will be built using foam laminated panels. Our supplier couldn't supply Klegecell so I will be using Gurit PVC D80 (10mm thick) instead. It looks to be high quality but sheets are smaller than Klegecell. Hope I ordered enough. Hopefully the weather will change in the next week.

15 January 2017

Happy new year and I hope you are as excited about the year as I am.

It is now 38 degrees (100) in the old scale. Too hot to stay long in the shed laminating. So I am having a forced holiday. Feels pretty good though.
Last year was very busy with mostly small jobs.
We developed beams for the Scarab 12 that fold and allow for a wider beam. We launched the first of these boats at Hervey Bay, Queensland over the holidays and the new owner was well pleased. We have another one that is ready to go soon just needs a rig.

Ray's Scarab 32 is progressing well and will have pictures soon.
I have a couple of new projects this year and will talk about them soon.