I am at 180 hours on the build and the boat weighs 835 lbs. Since my last update I have added another layer of fiberglass to the entire boat and 3 coats of epoxy filler. I had some issues with the epoxy fill coats, the epoxy I am using is 600cc viscosity. that’s very thin. It runs very badly . I discovered today after sanding off my runs from the 2nd coat, that if I used a 1/4” foam roller, I could roll it on thin enough that it did not run. It did leave a lot of bubbles in...
I am at 153 hours on the build and the boat weighs 805 lbs. In my last post I had finished installing all of the plywood. The bottom plywood still needed fairing to the edge of the side plywood and to the same angle as the side plywood. I had planned on doing this with a sander, after a comment from Paul (shipwright) I did this work with a power planer and man was that easy. I was able to keep the planer connected to my shop vac and there was no mess to be cleaned up either. Thanks, Paul. ...
I now have 120 hours in the build and the boat weight is 779 lb. I have been weighing each piece as it is installed. A look from under the boat. with all the side plywood installed, This boat has a 8 foot beam and 19.5 ft long. A inside look at one of the butt splice backer boards. Next we have to trim the side panel down and fair them even with the top of the chine logs. I used a router with a flush trim bit to get the sides down to the small lip you see in this pict...
I now have 105 hours in the build and the boat weight is 622 lb. I have been weighing each piece as it is installed. I know I said at the end of the last blog segment that I was done with the frame, but I have decided to install a under deck fuel tank. So before I can install the plywood I need to add a little structural support for the tank. I used a router and made several recesses in two of the frames to hold a section of 2” x 4”. I put in 4 of these. Finished frame r...
A REALLY interesting movie (1 hour 35 minutes) about building a wooden boat named Charlotte. There is a video on the website, they say it is low resolution and a small frame. I watched it on Hulu plus without commercials, but it can be viewed on the free Hulu with commercials. Be sure to watch all the way through the credits for the mast install and her sailing in the wind.Outstanding movie!!!!!! Amazing craftsmen!!!
Now I have both Sheer Clamps installed and epoxied into the frame. That’s the last frame member. Frame is now complete!! All Frame pieces installed!! Frame Eleven is still a little off, I will have to fair it out. Along the way I made a few bad cuts. Here I cut too deep and at the wrong angle, So I made a shim 8” long and epoxied it in to correct the problem I made the shim 8” long and epoxied it to both the chine log and the frame. At 8” it won’...
I have started a new project for the winter. I am building a 19 foot Offshore Power Dory Boat. I am 65 years old and have spent my life building things for everyone else. I have always wanted to build a boat, so with my wife’s blessing that is just what I am doing this winter. I have spent hundreds of hours studying boat plans, reading about building boats on boat building forums and researching about every thing I would need to know to build a boat. I picked a plan. A 19ft Offshore...
In the above video I share my visit to the Vineyard Haven wooden boat workshop of Ted Box on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard. In the video I mentioned that I read a book called “Wooden Boats” which informed me of Ted Box’s boat building. You can find the fascinating book at this link. If you want to learn more details about Ted’s history and his wooden boat building project, you can read more via this Vineyard Gazette newspaper link. Ted’s 70-foot scow schoon...
This Fall I hung my boat from the garage. It involved some two-by material and some ceiling joists, so I figured there was enough wood involved to merit a posting here. My goals behind the design were: To keep costs low. All components must be rated to withstand at least double the weight of the boat (150 lbs.). Be safe for the household’s children. All “failure points” should have redundant backups. I started with 2×8 supports, which I cut to follow the ...
BackgroundFor quite some time now i have been dreaming of building or owning a wood boat. I had been looking at building a Glen-L Zip for several years but I was never really satisfied with the lines. A nice boat none the less but it just didn’t speak to me. I cant afford to buy a decent restored wooded runabout. and I wasn’t about to jump into paying to have one restored. Then Awhile back my father came across an auction of several old wood Chris-Craft Cruisers at a marina n...
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