First of all, thanks to Trifern and Max for beating me to posting anything. They’ve given me welcome comments before I could do anything! Been reading this site daily for a couple of months now inspiring myself to build again…. So I’ll start with a work in progress.
A couple of friends and myself decided to build our own DN ice boats sometime last year. I’ve already got one that I purchased a couple of years ago, but that’s only have the fun! So we got together and saved a bunch of time by make a little production run of 6 or 7 boats. One of my friends used to work in his Dad’s Cabinet Making shop and has access to some very large machines, so we went in on the weekend to do some joining and planing. We cut out enough parts for all the boats and then spent a long time gluing. There are no fasteners used, everything is epoxied. So we split up once that was done. That means I had a boat that needed some trimming on the skinned marine plywood and then will requite a lot of cleanup of the epoxy and sanding. It’s been in this state for about 18 months now I think. I’d like to use it this winter and have the money to buy the sailboat parts (or I did…), so I figured I’d get on it.
For your reference, here’s a couple of links to learn about the DN ice boat.
Ice Boats in Gener – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_boat
DN History – http://www.idniyra.org/articles/dnstory.htm
Video from Our 2005-2006 season – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTVsxIc4-bg
I’ll give more detail as I remember it in future blog posts on this boat. In these pics I’ve just started trimming and cleaning up the sides.
-- Heyz, in the cold winterland of Canada