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Corbie 5 IOM Construction (cont.)

I've made loads of progress on the Corbie 5 since my last post. Most of it has gone well, but I've had a few not so good things happen too.

I've finished the fin box and installed all the bulkhead work around it. It looks like a lot, but doesn't weigh toooo much. It should keep the fin in place though, and it includes a raked mast step slot, a rudder servo mounting plate, and a winch mounting plate.

These two images show the deck just sitting on top. You can see how much access there is to the winch and rudder servos. Should be OK.

This picture shows the shroud chain plates being epoxied in place. I'm a bit concerned that they won't be strong enough. I'm used to "locking" in the chain plates mechanically by slotting them into nearby frames. This seems to be the way it's done though. Gulp.

I used a good amount of thickened epoxy, so fingers crossed they'll hold.

When I installed the fin though, I noticed that it's not a straight as I had hoped. Ugh. We'll see how she floats later.



  1. I like the look of what you have done around the mast area. Can you tell me where you get the fin box casing? is it purchased or can you CNC cut it?

  2. Hi Colin,

    I made my own fin box. There is the inside bit that exactly fits the fin, and then there's the outer wooden bit that encases the inside bit. The wooden parts are all laser cut. A CNC machine is probably too course for these small detail bits.

    If interested, contact Mirage Radio Yachts. Jeff Byerley is the owner and he can sell you the DXF file. I promised him I would not share any of it.



    1. Hi Steve, Thanks for getting back to me. They certainly look good and wondered if it was a kit. But I will contact Jeff and see if he will sell the files


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