16' Gentlemans Runabout #1: Stations

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Blog entry by ashgrove posted 03-01-2011 09:36 PM 6724 reads 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We are building from scratch a 16’ Hacker Gentlemans Runabout in our garage. The process started one year ago after visiting a local boat show. I first started with plywood templates for the stations and then cut them out of white oak.

I built a 16’ long steam box out of sheet metal to bend the long pieces of oak to be installed.

I next installed the keel, chines and clamps to tie the stations together.

I used epoxy and silocon bronze screws to fasten everything together.

This boat is batten seam construction, so before we can install the african mahogany planks the battens have to be installed.

Stay tuned for more updates.

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#1 posted 03-02-2011 06:36 AM

Always like to see someone building a wooden boat. It looks like you’re doing a fine job so far but if you run into any problems don’t hesitate to give me a shout. I’ve done quit a bit of it.
Again, nice work.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#2 posted 03-02-2011 02:15 PM

This is beautiful. I love wooden boats but have never built one.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 03-03-2011 05:15 AM

To me its is the one project that you complete and when you use it the water makes the wood sing to you. Not only do you see and touch it, you hear it.
Great build.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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