Maybe the beginning of a larger project #10: No progress but I found out about hull #500

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Blog entry by Mark Shymanski posted 07-21-2013 06:06 AM 1102 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The closest I’ve come to working on 816 is walking through the shop on the way to work. I did have a surprise the day after I registered my PDR in that the other Manitoban who has a PDR emailed me and introduced himself. Turns out we are only about an hour away from each other. Serendipitiously he was to do an interview that same day with a local radio station to try and stir up some interest in wooden boats. Apparently his hull (#500) is still serviceable and it sounds like he really enjoys the sport.

One thing I did realize is the goof about not putting in the chines at the bow and stern will make it easier to mount the bulkheads for the flotation boxes. So my goof actually saved me some effort.

I googled ‘epoxy on wooden boats’ and came up with alot of videos! This stitch and glue looks so good I almost want to start a second boat already. I was trolling West’s web page and they have a rough formula for estimating the amount of epoxy you’ll need, and I think Shorty (from the PDR website) much be much more efficient to use so little epoxy as he does. The West System site recommends far more. Lee Valley only sells epoxy in 1 litre containers, but I may have a local source for epoxy here in Brandon…but they weren’t open today so I’ll have to phone during the week.

Well next shift isn’t too far away so I’d better say goodnight.

My boat patiently waiting.

-- "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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#1 posted 07-22-2013 02:57 AM

I dont understand why you are doing the air boxes seperately??? I did mine all at once…

See my blogs,

here first:

And then all together BEFORE the boat bottom on…

The most amount of epoxy is used to COAT the boat—-but this is where you have to decide—-MANY pdr people do NOT coat their PDR in epoxy or glass the boat bottom…they just paint…so their only use of epoxy MAY be for glue…and many dont even use epoxy for that…

The idea of the boat (unlike you and me) is slap it together and get on the water…cheap and easy—-some glue and paint…


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#2 posted 07-23-2013 03:27 AM

I’m not sure why I am Matt. I think I kinda had a idea of where I was going and just sort of went for it. I can see where doing the flotation separately makes some sense. I wasn’t 100% sure I was going to do longitudinal boxes and kept jumping back and forth in my thinking so my workflow is not as smooth as it could be:-)

As far as the epoxying thing goes I want to experiment on this hull and learn what not to do ( like build the airboxes afterwards LOL!) so when I build the next boat I’ll have a better idea of how to go about it. They are not ‘mistakes’ they are learning opportunities:-)

-- "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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#3 posted 07-23-2013 04:47 AM

Sorry if my tone sounded so serious in my last message…LOL…the boat is looking good…and the best part is this boat seems to have a lot of different way to do things…

Also—-this boat as practice is really smart—-( I think I mentioned this) this is why I am glassing my PDR bottom…so that I can get practice…like I said earlier—many people just paint the boat—-and a few more do fiber glass tape (only) around the edges…so practice is good my friend…

I still have not touched my pdr.

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#4 posted 07-23-2013 05:21 AM

A little teaser…

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