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Tear Drop Kit $300

Postby dsherburn » Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:15 pm

We typically make small stitch and glue boats but a family member wanted a small, light weight shell they could put on a 4x8 trailer. Essentially, a hard shell tent camper off the ground. All plywood CNC machined components ready for epoxy and fiberglass construction. So, we made a prototype and are ready to make some kits. Take a look at the web site for more pictures, but this is obviously a less expensive, basic but very functional unit. www.slsmallcraft.com or email at slsmallcraft@att.net
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Re: Tear Drop Kit $300

Postby friz » Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:40 pm

Somebody needs to build one of these.

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Re: Tear Drop Kit $300

Postby dmb90260 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:40 am

friz wrote:Somebody needs to build one of these.

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Chesapeake boats has a similar option. It is too late this year but for a price you can go there and attend a class where they put them together in a week. Got to the website and check out the video.
It is awesome to see them build 4-5 of them at once. I love that idea.
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Re: Tear Drop Kit $300

Postby Pmullen503 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:06 am

It would nice to see a dimensioned drawing.

The interior shelf looks a little low to me. Once you get a mattress in there it could be too tight. The trunk/galley looks like it could be made more functional by changing the size and position of the hatch.

What are the materials used? Looks like 1/2 ply which would be ok if glassed. How is the curved part of the roof done? Pre-kerfed 1/2" ply?

I think the idea is a good one, especially with a little refinement of the design.
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Re: Tear Drop Kit $300

Postby Squigie » Mon Nov 11, 2019 6:01 pm

If I remember correctly, the prototype was all 1/4" ply (with possibly 1/8" for the roof?); but, at one time, there was a note mentioning that that was not intended to be the final material thickness.
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Re: Tear Drop Kit $300

Postby Pmullen503 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:43 pm

A 1/8" roof would be Ok with a few rafters so it won't sag during assembly. A single layer of 1/4" seems a little thin on the flat sides. Maybe a few small studs just to keep it flat during assembly. Or give the sides a bit of bow. With CNC cutting you could cut the roof and floor to fit perfectly. Doesn't take much to really stiffen things up. Doors and windows get more complicated though.
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