|Blog series by ashgrove||updated 09-11-2015 08:54 PM||21 parts||65988 reads||74 comments total|
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...
We used oak door skins for templates to install the planks.16’ african mahagony planks arrived and we started to mill them to the proper size.Began to steam the transom planks.Installed the battens and the first plank on the transom.Transom planks are all installed, now starting to hang the planks on the bottom. See you next time.
Transom planks are put in place with silicon bronze screws.First plank is cut. Plank is fastened to stations and batten. We are also using Sikaflex 291 under the planks so that the boat will not swell since it will not be in the water 6 months out of the year.Next batten is knotched into the stations. Second plank is cut, steamed and ready to be fastened.
Finally back to work! Installing more planks. Stay tuned for more updates. Goal is to have the boat launched by summer.
Finally back to work, again. Will try and complete for this spring, ha-ha-ha. Our lucky boat launch site in Muskoka.
Here is a picture of the progress made so far.
I used a laser to establish the waterline and then scaled the drawings to layout the side planks. Cut notches into stations and now ready to receive battens. Side battens installed and ready for planking.
INSTALLING SIDE PLANKS LAST PLANK TO BE INSTALLED, READY TO START SANDING.WE WILL INSTALL THE SHEAR PLANK AFTER THE BOAT IS ROLLED OVER.
Planks are now all installed and have started to fair the hull. When complete we will use antifouling below the water line and then roll the boat over.
Laminated another layer on to the transom.Set water line with laser then taped off, ready for paint. Painted three coats of bottom paint.
New crib with hockey socks as liners.Flipped over with mounts installed. Stripped frames, ready to complete planking. On another note, does anyone know how to date the cocking mallet and hammer in the picture above? Also does anyone think that the brass rings on the end are original?
Installed shear planks. Clamped the layout batten on plank. Cut curves for first top side planks. Laid out joints for the planks.Cut knotches in frames, ready to install planks.
Installed battens. Created a template of the engine stringer and now have to cut it out of a piece of sitka spruce. Time to install the rudder.Stained the interior, plan to varnish the engine compartment to match the hull.
Starting to install planking. Installing rear deck. Rear deck complete.
Installed king plank.Completed planks for front deck.Fabricated carlin for engine hatch. Super imposed a 1943 Ace Flathead engine into drawings, still can’t decide whether to use an antique motor or a 3.0L Merc engine. Any suggestions?
I picked up my new Chysler 1943 ace engine. I started it up and it’s running great! I need to modify stations to get the 10 degree angle and than build the stringers.
Sizing the engine. Testing the engine Hatch cover frame completed. Engine stringers installed.
Finally finished sanding Stain and first coat of varnish, only 12 more to go
Cockpit complete, now waiting for the seat. Boat is stained and varnished. The launch is in the near future!