CLC Pram #11 …Seat Supports

Yet another update on the CLC Eastport Nesting Pram. The technique building this little boat is known as “stitch & glue”. Time to affix the seat supports!

Just a side note…. I’m working a ACFE conference and god all mighty is it boring. It’s all about fraud….aaahahahaha! I thought is was going to interesting but…nope. A good opportunity to write this!

DSC01988So the seats are to be screwed onto their supports which are glued to the hull. The procedure is to tack-weld them first with the seats affixed, then remove the seats and fillet them and add some fiberglass to the bottom fillet for more strength. A 2 day job depending you find the motivation, with is a topic of its own!

DSC01971DSC01972So firstly attach the seats to their supports with temporary wood screws and support them in place via “stuff” underneath and tape.


What really bugs me with this project is that if you screw up….you are totally screwed!

DSC01975Tack welding is thickening some epoxy and with a syringe shoot some globs where the seat support meets the hull. Then leave it overnight to set and hopefully everything is as you left it. I guess having nightmares and checking on it in the middle of the night is normal!

DSC01978With a everything in place I removed the seats and set up for filleting. I made a big batch, 200gr of epoxy plus 100gr hardener plus a bunch of cabosil and wood flour. The “peanutbutter” was bag-ed, sniped and ready for all 12 fillets. First the 6 top sides, smooth it out, flip the boat over, crawl under and do the bottom 6 fillets. This was taking a while and the epoxy started to kick (it’s gotten quite warm here lately) and the bag started heating up to the point I couldn’t use it all and had to make another batch. Lesson learned.

Next I mixed some un-thickened epoxy and glued some fiberglass to the under side joint. It’s kinda fun working under an upside-down boat. Lesson learned…where knee pads!







Bada Bing…


Bada Boom!


All I need now are the actual seat screws… but I’m working during screw-shop hours…naturally!

Stuff left to do. Get the screws I need, glue and screw the skeg, bottom rubrails and mast step. Then sand the whole boat from all the epoxy globby mess I’ve made. Then paint the whole thing with a couple of coats of epoxy and then………..

Stay tuned….

Capt Pete.

ps…. Usually after work, I’m beat. So at home I lay down and listen to motivational speakers on youtube. Les Brown, Zig Zigler, Wayne Dyer etc. Then I get up and boat-ify myself. It’s not working very well this week. I knackered. Plus everyone says I’m a fool for considering not launching ol’ Zoot. What doesn’t kill you….just might one day!

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2 Responses to CLC Pram #11 …Seat Supports

  1. If Eastport knew you were going to blog about building the pram, they’d never sold you the plans!! Everybody thought it involved merely slapping some pieces of wood together and presto. Now we know the truth. Still looks like fun though.


    • I think CLC is gonna sue me soon. If not for photo-montage-ing the procedure, for showing pics from the manual. I thought it was a “presto” gig as well. Boy was I wrong! It is fun but my motivation has fallen this week. I’ll snap out of it soon……
      Thinking of the sanding part freaks me out!


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