Sheer Cap & Breasthook

  

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Sheer cap, outboard, is a 1"W x ¾"H length of spanish cedar bent and attached with resin glue and annular nails driven into the sheer strake.

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The sheer cap consists of three lengths of wood, the outboard piece is attached to the sheer strake, the middle piece is attached to the outboard piece and the inboard piece attached to the middle piece.

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The bow end of the sheer cap runs outboard of the bow stem and is notched to go around the false bow.

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Front view.

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Port sheer cap, outboard.

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The breasthook (see cut list for size) is fitted and cut at angles until it is flush with the sides of the hull and the stem.

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The breasthook is set in place with resin glue and 2 ½" annular nails.

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Port side of breasthook.

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Underside of breasthook.

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The middle piece of the sheer cap is a 1" x ¾" length of spanish cedar with a compound miter cut that fits flush against the breasthook.

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The piece is then bent, glued, clamped and nailed to the outboard piece of the sheer cap.

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Spanish cedar is not always available in long lengths so scarf and butt joints are used to make the pieces long enough.

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The clamps will stay on for at least 8 hours until the glue drys.

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The sheep cap now is ready for the inboard piece.

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Outboard and middle pieces at transom.

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The inboard piece is attached in the same way as the middle.

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The sheep cap inboard piece glued, clamped and nailed.

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Sheer cap joints.

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The sheer cap will be trimmed to be flush with hull and transom.

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Completed starboard sheer cap.

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All nails are driven below the surface and the holes are filled with epoxy filler (purple stuff).

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Rear view of sanded sheer.

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Front view of port sheer cap.