Camas High School senior Stephen Moran spent seven months and 300 hours building his i550 racing sailboat. Moran built the boat as his senior project.
CAMAS — The dark blue coat of paint Stephen Moran applied to his hand-built i550 racing sailboat set it apart from the handful of others in the Pacific Northwest. But the 18-year-old decided one more flourish was in order: a turquoise racing stripe on each side.
Moran’s racing stripes provided an added flair to his boat, but they also added a degree of difficulty and increased the amount of time he spent in his family’s garage working on the project.
He built the 18-foot-long i550 boat from scratch across seven months and 300 hours for his senior project at Camas High School. Senior projects require 40 hours to receive an excellent rating. Moran’s boat consists of fiberglass with epoxy and carbon fiber used in high-stress areas, and okume quarter-inch plywood sealed with epoxy resin, his father David said.
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