Jet 14 #196

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Project by che posted 2657 days ago 2922 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first boat restoration. I had helped a friend of mine restore two Thistles and his Jet 14. They are both wonderful boats. The hulls are hot molded plywood which was used during WWII to build some British aircraft. The decks and bulkheads are marine plywood and the internal structure is a mixture of cedar and oak.

The first photo is how I got the boat. The hull was in good shape but there was some damage to the deck. This is a fairly typical condition. The hulls hold up amazingly well. Being soaked in formaldehyde glue helps a lot I’m sure.

The second photo is the finished product. I have since painted the entire outside of the hull white. The inside of the hull is bright as is the decks.

The third photo is the best finished photo showing the interior of the boat. All of the pictures I have show details of the different control systems. Racing boats have a lot of lines to pull on.

The boat has been raced fairly had for a couple of years now and I’ll need to do some touch-up work soon. I have another Jet 14, #16 which will be my next project.

-- Che.

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#1 posted 2657 days ago

Looks like a lot of work to get to a lot of fun.

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#2 posted 2657 days ago

Very nice Che. It makes me want to build a wooden boat so I can go sailing again.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#3 posted 2657 days ago

a “pride an joy”. Very nice.

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#4 posted 2657 days ago

My father used to build boats years ago. He loved to sail and the only available boats in those years, were ones you built yourself. It’s a daunting task and you did a great job. Thanks for showing us!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 2657 days ago

Very cool, I’ve got an 18ft Sylvan thats my baby. I love the water. You too apparently. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 2657 days ago

Che, that looks like one heck of a project. I’m not familiar with “Hot molded plywood” do you know of a site where I could read about it. I’ve been an avid power boater on the West Coast of British Columbia for years. There’s just nothing quite like it. I tried making a Hydroplane in my youth but that was a sad tale for another time. Good luck, johnt

-- jft

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#7 posted 2657 days ago

Hot molded construction would be almost impossible for a home builder. The process is almost identical to what is now called cold molded except it was before modern epoxies. The glue they used had to be heated and required an autoclave. I believe the boat pictured was built in 1959. I also have number 16 which was built in ‘56. There is a decent writeup here on the aircraft

West System Epoxy (Gougeon borthers) have some good literature on modern wood boat construction including cold molded construction.

The hull is 5 layers of 3” x 1/8” thick strips of mahogany oriented in +45, -45, 90, -45, +45

-- Che.

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#8 posted 2657 days ago

I have a bunch of links to pages where I can buy boat kits/plans. I really want to build one eventually. Looks like you did a very nice job repairing this boat…


-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#9 posted 2656 days ago

Che, great workmanship shown. The boat restoration turned out great.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#10 posted 1763 days ago

oooh…i hope you blog the steps on your future boat work…

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#11 posted 1762 days ago

Looks like a great job.

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#12 posted 676 days ago

Wow, that’s very nice! Yea, you do have a good bit of lines to pull on. Looks like a very elegant boat! I’d be scared of nicking the finish on that bad boy.

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