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19 foot Offshore Power Dory Build #14: Finished trim and fit and launched.

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Blog entry by English posted 07-29-2015 12:02 AM 3719 reads 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 13: Finished Painting and trimming out Boat Part 14 of 19 foot Offshore Power Dory Build series Part 15: Perfomance Update. »

I have finished the boat!! It was launched this week. The boat did well on it’s sea trails, floated well and did not take on any water. I have 814 Hours in the build and the boat weighs 1749 lbs.

But to not get to far ahead of the story, Since my last entry, I have trimmed the boat in White Oak stained to red mahogany, and finished with three coats of Sikkens Cetol Marine varnish. I made shaker style doors for the battery locker, the entrance to the cabin and a storage area under one of the seats. I made two foot rest for the front seats, made and painted seat box covers for the front seats. Installed 6 boat seats, and made a small seat beside the splash well out of some wasted space. Installed two oval shaped port hole windows.

After finishing the boat I then had to get it on the trailer, After consulting with Bob Current about the rigging for the move of the boat I built a cradle to support the front of the boat. Then with the help of several of my neighbors we move the boat outside with ease.

We only moved the boat out until the pilot house cleared the shop roof overhang. Then I started jacking the boat. I used 4×4 lumber for cribbing and raised the boat 25”.

After the boat was up to 25” I moved the trailer into position, hooked the trailer winch to the boat. Installed two jacks to support the back of the trailer and winched the boat onto the trailer.

I then took the boat to the dealer and had the Yamaha 70 hp motor installed. The dealer and I took the boat to the water and tested the engine. It reached 29 MPH at 6200 RPMs and fuel usage was 5.5 MPG. at 4000 RPM we moved 12 MPH with 7.2 MPG.

This has been the hardest wood working project I have ever done and the most rewarding. I learned a lot about boats and boating that I never even imagined before. The finished product is a great boat that I will enjoy for many years.

Thanks all for your support and encouragement during this journey and

Thanks for Looking!!

-- John, Suffolk Virgina



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Redoak49

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#1 posted 07-29-2015 12:26 AM

Amazing….have fun with it

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shipwright

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#2 posted 07-29-2015 12:59 AM

Great work John.
You have every right to be very proud of her. She’s a real sweetie.
Thanks for the blog, it’s been fun.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#3 posted 07-29-2015 01:16 AM

Great looking boat. Thanks for the blog

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#4 posted 07-29-2015 01:22 AM

Excellent outcome ! Best wishes for smooth waters !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#5 posted 07-29-2015 02:16 AM

It looks great I know you will enjoy it probably in more ways than one . Smooth sailing

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#6 posted 07-29-2015 02:52 AM

John,

This has been so enjoyable. We’re happy for you to finally be able to luxuriate in your new vessel, but a bit sad that our vicarious journey is now over.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#7 posted 07-29-2015 02:53 AM

John,

This has been so enjoyable. We’re happy for you to finally be able to luxuriate in your new vessel, but a bit sad that our vicarious journey is now over.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 07-29-2015 02:59 AM

John,

This turned out to be a triple post! Dial-up certainly is a frustration.
. . . but the boat is so great that it’s worth a triple-post!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#9 posted 07-29-2015 10:29 AM

Glorious end to your blog John. Your boat is marvelous and a great achievement for a single woodworker who hadn’t built a boat before. Your fine workmanship shows up in spades. Have fun and reap the rewards of your hard work. Thanks for taking us along on this interesting journey.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 07-29-2015 12:26 PM

thanks for the blog, john. You are a very good engineer! Well done, mate!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 07-29-2015 12:48 PM

Great blog.

Great project.

Great boat.

Hope you have fair seas and following seas.

Good Luck!

Be Careful!

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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#12 posted 07-29-2015 01:54 PM

Tremendous work!!! the boat is beautiful! i have thoroughly enjoyed reading about your journey. Thank you!

-- "Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. ~Winston Churchill

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#13 posted 07-29-2015 01:55 PM

i fell the same as others here, so happy for you and your beautiful BIG BROTHER, a wonderful tribute to your brother, i know you will enjoy many hours our on the water, you have built a masterful project and did so well, congrats on a beautiful boat.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 07-29-2015 02:42 PM

Thanks for taking us along. Beautiful craft.
May the wind be always at your back, and the sun shine warm upon your face.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#15 posted 07-29-2015 11:55 PM

I missed the blog, and am happy to have stumbled across the finished product! You built yourself a fine looking vessel, and I hope it provides you many hours of happy cruising!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" James Lawrence, CAPT, USN

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