Sailboat #2: A Puddle Duck Racer #4: Bottom's UP!

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Well I was feeling a little guilty about a 4th blog in less then 24 hours…but then I checked my e-mail and had 12 new project posts from Lazy Larry (Degoose)...

So here it is…THE BOTTOM is glued and screwed…and went pretty well…Sarah helped me which made it all possible…

First I had to let the bottom bend over night…the ends had the toughest time flexing all the way down…so I was a bit worried the bow end would not go down…

Then I realized that if we set a bunch of clamps closed…and then screwed it down.,..we could just keep moving the clamps and that’s what we did…and it worked pretty well…

(A) Here is the boat after a night of the bottom ply (3/8”) being clamped down…

(B) You can see that the bow would be hard to clamp with the angle the clamps (we ended up doing it last with the stern and sides all screw down…then SARAH the hero sat on it…since she is so light I had to also stick my knee down.

(C) Before taking the clamps off I drew the lines on…so that I would know where to screw along the inner panels. The outside panels would be no problem…it worked well since I could not see any screws poking through…

(D) And there she is…all screwed down…with epoxy…we had good squeeze out (not too much and not too little) outside and inside so I am pleased…NOTICE the extra ply along the bow edge—this will be trimmed back to allow for the bow panel after the epoxy sets…

(E) This is looking underneath the boat—-it looks like it sealed really well…and inside one of the airboxes…its amazing how firm she feels after the bottom was on…AND YES PAUL—-I went along the outside edge to scrap off the extra epoxy.I didn’t climb underneath to do the inside though…

Well…that is it for a couple days as we head out of town…but in three weeks I have come pretty far…and looking forward to finishing the hull this weekend…who knows…by the following weekend I may have a finished boat!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 964 days ago

Coming along very nicely, Matt!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!


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#2 posted 964 days ago

This is coming along nicely… starting to look like a caravan… oh it is suppose to be a boat… BTW you got me good…

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 963 days ago

I can see your trying to get me to build a boat of some sort.

It just liiks like a lot of fun.

Nice work, Matt.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 963 days ago

Thanks guys…I really am having fun on this…there is something about a smaller project—-the light at the end of the tunnel that really helps me psychologically….its funny because we are heading out of town in a few hours and I am so bummed that I wont be able to get out and work on the boat for a couple days…I have not had the feeling in a long time…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 963 days ago

Looking good Matt

You are going to seal the inside with an epoxy sealer before you close up the air boxes, aren’t you?

This will give you good experience and confidence going into the critical assembly stages of the weekender.

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

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#6 posted 963 days ago

Yes paul…by seeler do you mean just at the seems/joints? or do you mean clear epoxy spread over entire surface?

I will be doing both…and painting inside…

I am going to go out and flip the boat right now…I just want to see it…now that epoxy should (better) be dry…

And yes…one of the reasons I am doing this is so that I can get a fast forward feel for the things I will also do on the weekender…I am thinking of GLASSING the outside just to get practice of using the fiberglass sheets…

Okay…I am off for 3 days…have a great holiday!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Mark Shymanski

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#7 posted 961 days ago

Ahhhhgggg! We have to wait!

This is a good blog to be following, thanks Matt!

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#8 posted 954 days ago

Wow, Matt. I thought it was a car top luggage carrier…a boat…no kidding???
But seriously, folks, really nice work. When are you going to quit your day job & open a boatworks.
I need to get back to this site more often, too much stuff is going on that I’ve been missing. -SST

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#9 posted 953 days ago

hahaha…yes they say it will be a boat in the end—-hopefully the boat plans I downloaded werent meant to be tub plan—-it said something about a duck…

MARK S…patience…actually got tons down…last week and then nothing this week as it is too dark many days and SUPER windy this week to work out doors…then today we did the big outdoor Christmas lights…went big this year with the deer and the lighted stream on the lawn…

too tired now…

NEXT STEP IS to close up the ends…should be able to do it all tomorrow…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#10 posted 953 days ago

You ARE going to paint this in WWII D-Day motif, right?

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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#11 posted 953 days ago

lol…that might be cool, but why?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 952 days ago

Because it’s reminiscent of the iconic “Higgins boat” :

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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