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Sailboat #2: A Puddle Duck Racer #13: PDR Dolly...and new shop!!!

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Blog entry by Napaman posted 01-10-2016 04:31 AM 1314 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well…I was not going to post this…but since it has been so long…maybe it was time to share the good news…after a few tough years we bought a new house.. and.. there is lots of building room! My shop space doubled…and i can SEE …because my electrical works…before I ran my shop from an extension cord connected to the house 30 feet away…

This is my first woodworking in my new shop…it will allow me to easily move the PDR around. In my old shop i would slide the boat around…but now with paint I dont want to scratch her up…

As you can see the hull is completely done…also the steering gear…tiller, rudder, and i have new guddgeon and pintles ( Paul’s suugestion)...

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007



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#1 posted 01-10-2016 04:32 AM

Sorry about the first picture….using my phone….

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 01-10-2016 04:41 AM

Looks ready to go. Why don’t we see any sailing pictures?
Is that the official rubber ducky colour? :-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#3 posted 01-10-2016 03:30 PM

Well that’s easier than flooding the shop floor!!

Nice work, Matt. Glad to hear about your new house and shop.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 01-10-2016 03:47 PM

great news matt

new home and shop

and your flagship almost ready

remember
onassis started small too
and look where boating got him

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 01-10-2016 04:42 PM

Glad to hear the good news and see your project. Hope to see it in the water.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#6 posted 01-10-2016 04:51 PM

Hi Matt. Haven’t checked into LJ’s for a long time. Got a notifier that you posted, so here I am. Glad you have a new shop. Moved to FL this last year & lost me basement shop. Now everything (all my shopsmiths & lumber) is piled up in my garage. Hoping to build a shop soon. I really need to get back at this stuff. Also waiting to see pics of you out on the briny sea…or wherever you can float your boat. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#7 posted 01-10-2016 07:47 PM

Thanks guys…the new house has been a true blessing…and I cannot tell you how the two care garage/shop will change my woodworking life…have had the last 3 weeks off and spent a lot of the time setting up and unpacking the shop…only in this 3rd week did I get a chance to turn on any machines and the first project is this dolly…

The PDR is ready to float…I think, lol…unless there is something I dont understand…I need to finalize the steering and put on the oar locks…then find someone with a truck…

Still to do: all rigging (which is all new and mysterious to me)...motor mount (I may buy a little electric motor), oar locks…

PAUL: ANY IDEAS where I should place the oar locks? I was thinking 1/3 distance from stern? But it may need to go closr to the bow…????

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 01-10-2016 09:12 PM

Matt, new home, new shop, new racer! That’s an excitement “three fer”. So happy for you and the family. All the best in the new house and here’s to a tirade of creative juices as you fashion the shop.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#9 posted 01-11-2016 12:09 AM

Thanks Lenny!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#10 posted 01-11-2016 01:16 AM

I’m not so much of a rower Mat. Maybe one of your PDR buddies can help you out. If it were me, I would just sit wherever you plan to row from and imagine myself rowing. With the oars all the way back your arms should be fully extended in front of you. When you pull, you don’t go much past square off the side. I’d just estimate where that would put the oar locks. For you it would probably be better to find out where others have theirs.

Have fun with the new place and get that little bathtub in the water.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#11 posted 01-11-2016 01:44 AM

lol…i love all the things people call it…at one stage it looked like a tank…it is compared to Bolger’s Brick…and now it’s a bathtub…

Good advice! I will check pdracer.com!!!! THANKS!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 01-11-2016 05:16 AM

Matt it’s great to see your PDR looking so good! I’ve had mine in the water a couple of times but really need to work on the rigging. Glad to here things are looking up with the new shop and house an all!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#13 posted 01-11-2016 06:13 AM

Thanks Mark!!! Do you have oars? Oar locks? Wondering about placement…how far back?

Also what sail plan/rig do you have?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#14 posted 01-29-2016 01:37 AM

I’ve not put oars on but have paddled it. It paddles surprisingly easily. I just tried the leg o’ lamb rig from the PDR website and I’ve tried a jury-rigged real sail that a friend of mine gave me. I didn’t really have a good set up but I am hopeful that this summer I can spend a bit more time on it so that it is a bit easier to use.

Looking forward to seeing yours on the water!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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