CLC Pram #2.55…5

Hey y’all. Here’s another update of how my CLC Eastport Nesting Pram is going. To be a bit more precise….this is how building the “kit” is going. If I had forked out the $$, I would have been in the “building” phase. But noooooooo… I took the road less traveled and blah blah yada yada…nuf said.

I “rabbet” the planks!


DSC01855A rabbet is a bit you use in a router to make that little shelf to certain depth. Mine’s a 12mm. The scary part is/was not to screw up which would mean buying new wood, re-drawing the planks, re-cutting etc. The planks are 6mm so cutting out 3mm is nerve wrecking. But hey! It worked out fine!


DSC01862While I was at it I also routed out where the daggerboard plug goes in the middle thwart (seat. The plug serves to keep your butt dry while rowing!). Then back home I was fine tuning the plug with the rasp and managed to rasp my thumb… twice… in the same place! My left thumb is going to hate boats soon!

I’ve started the preparations if the center bulkhead where the carrage bolts will be fastened. It’s a “drill, fill, drill” method. In order to protect the wood from water entering its pours, you over drill the holes, fill with epoxy and finally re-drill your desired hole.

First a countersink for the bolt head.


DSC01866Then  drill out a big ass hole… in both bulkheads clamped together. Screwing up here would suck worse that the above planks! (actually… screwing up anywhere would really suck)

Then I filled the holes. I first wet them out with epoxy and then fill them with thickened epoxy with cabosil.








DSC01870While I was at it, I made my own star knobs. They came out real dumb but will be fine for know.


So it’s about time to complete the center bulkhead and start stitching!!! Yeah! Of course I have to drill out all the stitch holes… about all 500 of them!!


Stay tuned,

Capt Pete

ps… whoever I mention the 500 holes I drilled out in my boat give me the weirdest look!

pss… the manual says to buy a lot of drill bits cause they break. I didn’t break any. Is something wrong??



About Sailing Zoot Allures

A demoralized mechanical engineer/ bass player/ sound engineer/editor seeks Freedom
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4 Responses to CLC Pram #2.55…5

  1. So far, so good. You’ve just drilled more holes than most people in their entire lifetime.
    If I ever decided to build one I’d definitely go for the kit, otherwise I’d end up with a lot of firewood full of holes! Anyway, it’s more fun watching you do the dirty work. But you must be having fun because I still don’t see any scotch or beer bottles lying around!


    • The problem is that I don’t have a fireplace. What would I do?? An interesting bookshelf perhaps full of books on psychology for boat slaves!
      I just did a dry fit with the new bulkhead holes and bolts. I think I got a scotch in each photo! Thanks for reminding me!…. I was slacking!


  2. Matt says:

    Such a lot of work!


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