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Blog entry by AlTriolo posted 11-06-2016 10:42 PM 1096 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Welcome to my boat building journey. Two years ago, I started this 14’ ply on frame flat bottom boat. It’s a Spira International boat. It was a great project for the family. My wife, three sons, and especially our dog love joining me out on the river. We’ve been on the Potomac in VA and MD, a lake in PA, the Long Island Sound, the Intracoastal in NC, and even briefly out into the ocean—on a calm day. :-)

We love our boat so much we decided to build another! This time a weekend getaway for my wife and I. And a source of entertainment not only for our boys and their friends, but for their families some day, too. I started it two weeks ago and photos with stories will be coming soon. Welcome to our journey!



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#1 posted 11-07-2016 01:25 AM

As a fellow boat builder, I’m looking forward to reading your blog over coffee in the morning before heading off to work. Sounds like a very cool project. Part boat, part tiny home…:)

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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English

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#2 posted 11-08-2016 07:10 PM

Al,

I just found your blog. I am looking forward to your build. This will be as much fun for us as it is for you. There are a lot of people here on Lumberjocks that will be happy to help and answer any questions. But it looks like you have the process down. Take lots of pictures and let us see it all.

John

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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AlTriolo

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#3 posted 11-27-2016 10:45 PM

I have a lot of catching up to do with this blog.

I started by building the 13 frames according to the plans. Well, almost. The boat will be modeled after a Searay Sundancer 240, which has a mid-state room that can sleep a couple children (or adults that don’t mind a low ceiling). The deck boards for those frames are 30” from the floor of the hull.

After building the frames, I cut out the notches for the keelson using a drill press, I asked for this for last Christmas just for this project!

How quickly it starts to look like a boat! The frames will be 20” apart.

Then I got either real smart or real stupid, only time will tell. The plans are to scale so I used the angles in the plans to measure angles for the sheer clamp and chine log. (These are the longitudinal rails running along the sides of the top and bottom of the hull.)


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English

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#4 posted 11-28-2016 12:54 AM

Al,

It’s starting to look like fun. Worst case on cutting the chine and sheer at this point is you may have to shim it out or cut more off, but I think you will be close.

On you blog, If you start a new blog part on each update, the system will put it at the top of the blog page and more jocks will see your changes and add there comments.

keep it coming and thanks for sharing,

John

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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AlTriolo

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#5 posted 11-28-2016 02:39 AM

John,

Yeah, I expect to shave and shim. I decided not to do the last three frames as the cuts are most dramatic up that far.
And thanks for the tip about blogging.

I made a mistake with the first frame: I forgot to flip the angle when moving to the other side. I used some thickened resin to put the piece back in and did the cut correctly after it hardened. You’d never know I made a mistake. (Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration.)

Al

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#6 posted 11-28-2016 02:49 AM

I am greatly looking forward to your progress on this! Thank you for posting a blog about the build.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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