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#1 30 Jun 2020 9:34 pm

Fiona
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Registered: 22 May 2020
Posts: 20

Oxford Shell

Hi there
I’m completely new to this and about to build an Oxford Shell. Just wondering if anyone has any photos of theirs or any links to their build experience. I’d love to see how others got on.
Thanks
Fiona

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#2 6 Jul 2020 6:26 am

Yambo
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Registered: 17 Jul 2014
Posts: 35

Re: Oxford Shell

Hi Fiona, The Oxford Shell is a CLC boat and they have an active forum and forums for individual boats. I typed 'Oxford' into the search forum box and there's lots of posts and hopefully advice there.

Good luck with your build, I hope you enjoy it!

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#3 6 Jul 2020 10:52 am

Ian
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Registered: 24 Nov 2014
Posts: 91

Re: Oxford Shell

Hi Fiona and welcome to the forum.

The Oxford Shell II is still quite a new boat and I haven't seen a full build log for it yet, either here or after a quick look at the CLC forum (maybe I missed it).  The original Oxford Shell was quite a different boat which was built a bit differently, so might not be very relevant.  I think the mark II was launched in July 2018 or not long before, so anything older refers to the mark I.  There are still some useful tips on the CLC forum though, as Yambo said.

The construction is probably most similar to a stitch-and-glue kayak, especially the ones built without sheerclamps, like the Shearwater or the Petrel.  There are several build logs of those boats here, which you may find useful.  I'm sure you'll receive advice here too, if you care to share your progress, even though people may not have built the same boat.

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#4 9 Jul 2020 4:17 pm

Johannes
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Registered: 18 Feb 2020
Posts: 3

Re: Oxford Shell

Hi Fiona,

if you have an instagram account (or are curious enough to create one), check out bad_news_boat_club - he's posting quite detailed about his progress on the Oxford Shell II and his documentation may also help you to avoid the one or another pitfall.

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#5 11 Jul 2020 1:17 pm

Fiona
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Registered: 22 May 2020
Posts: 20

Re: Oxford Shell

Oh thank you all, I'll have a look at those. I will try and post some photos then up here of the progress.
That's a great help, thank you.

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#6 17 Jul 2021 2:39 pm

Adrian
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Registered: 7 Aug 2017
Posts: 3

Re: Oxford Shell

Fiona - I have exactly the same problem as you had for fitting up the transom.   The deck at the stern is narrower than the transom.   It seems like an impossible fit.   How did you solve it??

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#7 17 Jul 2021 5:21 pm

spclark
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From: "Driftless" Wisconsin USA
Registered: 19 Mar 2020
Posts: 276

Re: Oxford Shell

Adrian I don't see where Fiona mentioned a problem such as you've described?

I've not built a shell of any kind (CLC or other) but looking at the line drawings at CLC I have to wonder if they perhaps left the deck 'long' to be trimmed flush once transom’s bonded? Or trimmed before so width of both match width of sheer?

Common RoT (Rule of Thumb) with stitch'n'glue has it that "1/8 +/- is 'close enough'" so it's either trim off any excess or fill with thickener-fortified epoxy, then 'glass.

I have the CLC Builders' Forum open in another browser window, looking for hints for this particular design of theirs... and also want to mention that they have a Builders' Club too where you can search for other builders of the designs you're interested in. That avenue may also lead you to answers for your questions.

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#8 19 Jul 2021 3:06 am

spclark
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From: "Driftless" Wisconsin USA
Registered: 19 Mar 2020
Posts: 276

Re: Oxford Shell

Posted a month ago on CLC’s forum:

https://www.clcboats.com/forum/clcforum … ml?msg=new

Includes links to images of one builder’s transom overlap; I’m wondering if this is similar or the same as what you folks have experienced with yours?

Maybe this all can be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction soon!!

Last edited by spclark (19 Jul 2021 3:08 am)

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