16' Gentlemans Runabout

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Blog series by ashgrove updated 393 days ago 17 parts 38592 reads 66 comments total

Part 1: Stations

1276 days ago by ashgrove | 3 comments »

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...

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Part 2: Transoms

1272 days ago by ashgrove | 5 comments »

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.

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Part 3: Planking

1258 days ago by ashgrove | 5 comments »

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.

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Part 4: Planking

929 days ago by ashgrove | 1 comment »

Finally back to work! Installing more planks. Stay tuned for more updates. Goal is to have the boat launched by summer.

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Part 5: Still Planking

660 days ago by ashgrove | 2 comments »

Finally back to work, again. Will try and complete for this spring, ha-ha-ha. Our lucky boat launch site in Muskoka.

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Part 6: Picture of Overall Progress

651 days ago by ashgrove | 1 comment »

Here is a picture of the progress made so far.

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Part 7: Side Planking

651 days ago by ashgrove | 3 comments »

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.

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Part 8: Side Planks

625 days ago by ashgrove | 2 comments »


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Part 9: Fairing

589 days ago by ashgrove | 6 comments »

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.

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Part 10: Bottom Paint

571 days ago by ashgrove | 3 comments »

Laminated another layer on to the transom.Set water line with laser then taped off, ready for paint. Painted three coats of bottom paint.

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Part 11: Rolling the Boat

558 days ago by ashgrove | 4 comments »

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?

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Part 12: Top Side Planks

534 days ago by ashgrove | 7 comments »

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.

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Part 13: Interior Stain

529 days ago by ashgrove | 5 comments »

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.

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Part 14: Rear Deck

518 days ago by ashgrove | 11 comments »

Starting to install planking. Installing rear deck. Rear deck complete.

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Part 15: Front Deck

505 days ago by ashgrove | 7 comments »

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?

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Part 16: New Engine

397 days ago by ashgrove | 0 comments »

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.

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Part 17: Engine Stringers

393 days ago by ashgrove | 1 comment »

Sizing the engine. Testing the engine Hatch cover frame completed. Engine stringers installed.

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