Video: Restoring Vela – Episode 3

With Vela’s cabin house and deck fully removed, leaving only the deck flange and cockpit, Dan Shea is ready to construct, fit and glue in the deck beams that will support the new deck and house. Carlins, the longitudinal structural beams, are also fitted to bulkheads and to the side deck beams and Dan gives us a thorough (and much requested) explanation of how he precisely cuts, fits and then glues these vital pieces to each other and to the existing flange.  Using Thixo Flex and 2:1 High Performance epoxy, Dan seals and attaches the parts preparing Vela for new plywood decks and a beautiful new cabin house.

There is lots to learn from Dan in this episode, so keep up! Then please share this video with your friends on social media. And as always, let us know what you think in the comments below. But be nice! This is not a Louis Sauzeede HOW-TO video series. It’s an overview of a massive undertaking in our shop. We are here to share this amazing restoration with you, but don’t expect you to get step-by-step instructions for the whole job. We think there is plenty to see in these first episodes and hope you find it worth your time.

Thanks for watching!

Watch the whole series as it unfolds on our Vela Playlist.

19 responses to “Video: Restoring Vela – Episode 3

  1. I very much appreciate the time and expense you invest in these videos.
    However my opinion is that you could leave out all the parts with the annoying music, and give that time to Dan.
    Also you never resolved the purpose of the hot glue pattern he was making.

  2. With due respect to Dan’s knowledge, he is, particularly compared to Lou’s engaging and intense presentations, without the slightest degree of enthusiasm and appears to view the whole thing as a somewhat boring assignment. Then, on top of it all, the maddeningly bad music interruptions! Lou has spoiled me and, regrettably, Dan (who, I’m sure is a delightful person) is a bad choice to keep my interest in watching alive.

  3. Hate to compare videos but I am left wanting more information with this series. Lou showed you how to do the tricky parts. I could have replicated what he explained after watching his video. Dan sort of glosses over the process and assumes you know what he knows. While it is still interesting, I’m not learning much.

  4. This certainly gives me an appreciation for the skill and expertise it takes to accomplish a complex rebuild like this. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Did Dan use the arc of the original deck beams? I was taught not to use a common arc on all the beams but to set the longest aft deck beam with the highest arc, then use a straight edge from the top of it to the bow. using the straightedge to set the arc of the shorter forward deck beams. This prevents the profile of the foredeck from looking depressed and it sheds water faster.

    1. From DanShea:
      I’ve thought back over participating in more than 60 custom yacht builds, many of which I had to loft.
      Overall, deck & cabin top developments were done with a fixed parabolic curve.
      These were designs by S&S, Alden, Frers and so on. I do recall a Tom Wylie Transat racer and a Graham & Schlageter IOR racer had straight foredeck CL’s. That was the only outlier I can recall.

  6. 1—I like the music
    2—Give Dan a break, he’s not Lou and I’m not you. We all have different ways of relating. Sure, Dan doesn’t share Lou’s character, but who does—Lou is Lou and its why we love him. Dan is Dan—don’t watch if you don’t think you can learn something.

    1. Gary…
      They give us the opportunity to offer our support, and our feedback. You can tell by the comments, a majority of us do not care for this particular style of music for the subject matter. These two video series are so far apart as to be ridiculous. The editing is choppy, the camera work is jerky, and while Dan may be the most knowledgeable builder on earth… his delivery is fairly deadpan. I look more to the folks who thought this was a good way to go… hmm.

    2. Music, editing, narration, camera work… the difference between these two videos is night and day. Totalboat gained tremendous respect for the first video. This one does not come up to the level they set. We’ll watch or not… they need to know.

  7. if you are going to use time lapse or fast forward use a tripod please. I could not see what the progress because of shaking of the camera.

  8. I like Dan, he’s obviously knows what he’s doing! However the jerky camera work and poor camera positioning devalue the utility of the video. Save the video style for something non-educational!

  9. I thoroughly enjoyed the video. Dan is a super guy and obviously incredibly knowledgable. The hull to deck connection and the fitting of the side frames to the carlins was of particular interest to me. Keep up the good work!

  10. I have a question: Why carefully measure the length of the deck beam, then notch out the top for the hull-to-deck flange? That moves the deck beam up and makes it a bit too short. Is it not critical for the deck beams fit snugly to the inside sides of the hull? Thanks in advance for your response!

  11. Thanks for sharing the information and giving us a chance to see the skills that Dan puts to use. We also appreciate the information on the materials and don’t forget to mention your Tech Help Team!

    Cheers
    Kent and Audrey

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