Vela Restoration: Episode 3 – Deck Beams and Carlins

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 Epoxy Adhesive 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.

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

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