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10.5 feet long, but it's a 20 footer

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Project by AMC posted 703 days ago 1887 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It may not be fine woodworking, but it is very functional. Finished it up a couple of weeks ago, and have been using it ever since. Made of exterior ply, cedar, and fiberglass, it’s fairly durable, small enough to fit in the back of my truck without needing racks, and only weighs 41 pounds. It’s about perfect sized for 1 adult, but I can put a child in with me on calm water. The most fun part of building it was painting it, 700+ scales airbrushed on. I couldn’t find any ‘how-to’ online, so I had to come up with my own method. The next on will be in snake scales!

Stitch and glue construction, 6mm ply on the bottom, 4mm (they said 5, but it was 4) on the sides. 3.5 oz fiberglass covering the outside, with 9oz tape on the seems. Cedar rub rails and breasthook. I thought long about leaving the cedar bright, cause I like the look of cedar, but I could not get a joint I was happy with the looks of, so it got painted. (I also could not find any 12 foot long pieces of clear cedar near me)

-- Making the best of what I have!





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Macster

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#1 posted 703 days ago

Those scales look Awesome! Nicely done.

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#2 posted 703 days ago

Macster is right. Those scales appear to have real depth. I love it. good job.

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Dusty56

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#3 posted 703 days ago

”but it’s a 20 footer” ?

Cool design and the scales are so perfect against the background color : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#4 posted 703 days ago

That is a really nice boat and the scales are lookin fancy…! I am also curious about it being a 20 footer. Did you measure the port and starboard lengths and add them together?

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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AMC

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#5 posted 703 days ago

”but it’s a 20 footer” ?

It’s a term car guys use. It refers to the best distance for viewing, before the imperfections start to show. in actuality it’s about a 10 footer in that sense as well.

-- Making the best of what I have!

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Dusty56

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#6 posted 703 days ago

So you’re saying that “beer goggles” should be used to make her look her best ? LOL

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AMC

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#7 posted 703 days ago

“So you’re saying that “beer goggles” should be used to make her look her best ? LOL” – Dusty56

Something like that. The interior is definitely ‘work boat’ grade, battle ship gray with green, black, and white splatter. Although it’s a two edged sword, and the paint job looks best up close. It’s my first ever boat, and everyone says that your second boat is ten times better then your first. I’m thinking about an 18 foot inverted ‘V’ (they should just call it a ‘W’) center console next.

BTW, it most certainly does catch fish.

-- Making the best of what I have!

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Dusty56

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#8 posted 703 days ago

Never seen one of those before….what is it ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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AMC

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#9 posted 703 days ago

Ribbon Fish, it is perhaps the most beautiful thing I have seen come out of the water. But they have teeth.

-- Making the best of what I have!

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#10 posted 703 days ago

Awesome photos …thanks for the info : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 703 days ago

Dude such an awesome paint job, great boat too, I’m planning on doing one over the winter can’t wait.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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Mainiac Matt

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#12 posted 703 days ago

Looks like it was a fun project…

love the paint job….. that must have crossed your eyes.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#13 posted 702 days ago

Great work on the paint job! A cedar strip canoe and a few kayaks are on my wish-to-do list. One of these little guys would be fun too, and might be a good place to start getting some experience with fiberglass. Thanks for the nudge.

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#14 posted 702 days ago

Love the paint job. 41 lbs for a 10 ft. boat is remarkable. Would make a great dinghy for a larger boat. A small trolling motor would work nicely on the back. Please, think about a life jacket.
Beautiful work

-- Jimmy, Upstate NY in the summer, somewhere south in the winter (on the boat).

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gfadvm

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#15 posted 702 days ago

That is an awesome boat but the ribbon fish is an amazing creature. We definately don’t have any of those where I live!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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