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Chopped Melanesia?
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I am moving back to the US from Japan, and my Melanesia is too long for the moving company to fit in their custom crates. I considered selling, but it is about 90% complete, and I hate to lose it…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nathan Stanley Apr 1.

Melanesia plans question
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Hi All,I'm wondering if anyone can clarify: Should the bow end of the bottom panels have a radius in the indicated area, or be cut to an angle such as the side panels (clearly an angle at the station…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Nathan Stanley Feb 5, 2018.

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Apr 2
Nathan Stanley replied to Nathan Stanley's discussion Chopped Melanesia?
"Ama cross section (upside down)."
Apr 1
Nathan Stanley replied to Nathan Stanley's discussion Chopped Melanesia?
"I am at a loss for the best technique to both align and compress the Ama halves while holding everything together. Any ideas? As all the glue and added wood will be internal, I’m not quite sure how to go about it."
Apr 1
Nathan Stanley replied to Nathan Stanley's discussion Chopped Melanesia?
"579FE805-C320-4159-ACEA-A1CCA31241C5.jpegThe canoe is coming back together, but it is no longer an elegant craft. Here is how I am compressing the pieces to get an end-to-end join. This how I’m marking the correct positions for the butt blocks."
Apr 1
Nathan Stanley replied to Nathan Stanley's discussion Chopped Melanesia?
"On the left you can see the partially completed plywood ama. I had to design it around my available materials. It, too, required a cut."
May 12, 2019
Nathan Stanley replied to Nathan Stanley's discussion Chopped Melanesia?
"I will have to put some thought into the bulkheads. In my haste, I did not take enough care and preparation to make straight cuts, and the cut line varies by as much as 8mm from rail to center joint. As a result I may need to trim some material to…"
May 12, 2019
Rogerio Martin replied to Nathan Stanley's discussion Chopped Melanesia?
"Divide the canoe with a bulkhead to each side. You will have to create this bulkhead. Maybe in the middle of the bank? works well, ends up reinforcing the boat."
May 12, 2019
Nathan Stanley replied to Nathan Stanley's discussion Chopped Melanesia?
"I’ve just had the movers’ agent come for a survey of the house, and the canoe has to be cut twice, to allow for a maximum of 84 inches per piece (standard crate internal height is 86.5 inches; 84 inches allows proper padding/protection).…"
Apr 26, 2019
Robert Hughes replied to Nathan Stanley's discussion Chopped Melanesia?
"Good idea.  You could always screw temporary full bulkheads to the frames for while it's in transit, that way you could get away with very narrow frames... All the best Rob"
Apr 25, 2019
Nathan Stanley replied to Nathan Stanley's discussion Chopped Melanesia?
"I’m not keen on the nesting dinghy style for a canoe hull, but I didn’t think about permanently reattaching and strengthening using the same idea. I think I might go with a bulkhead frame, rather than solid bulkheads to keep the weight…"
Apr 25, 2019
Robert Hughes replied to Nathan Stanley's discussion Chopped Melanesia?
"When people build sectional tenders (to make then easy to stow on deck) I think they usually construct them in one piece to start with.  They install a pair of bulkheads where the join is going to be, with a tiny gap in between.  Then they…"
Apr 25, 2019
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Chopped Melanesia?

I am moving back to the US from Japan, and my Melanesia is too long for the moving company to fit in their custom crates. I considered selling, but it is about 90% complete, and I hate to lose it before it even touches water. I am considering cutting it in half to fit, and reassembling it later in the similar manner as the build, using additional plywood to overlap either side of the cut line. I am looking at cutting just behind the forward seat, against the original plywood overlap. Can anyone…See More
Apr 23, 2019

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A home builder, I own a Wharram, Just Looking
What boat (s) are you building or do you own?
Building Melanesia w/sail... ever so slowly.
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Las Vegas, NV
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Working for Uncle Sam for a few more years until I can retire.
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Build a small wharram to experience the building style and understand the plans. Large Tiki or Pahi down the road, build or buy.

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