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Designing and building something a little different

Well I'm new here and I did build a "6 hour canoe" that I figured out several years ago, but it's become damaged to the point of not being worth rebuilding, so I decided to design and build something a little different. It's an S&G design "canyak', for lack of a better word. The pirogue served it's purpose and I enjoyed building as well as using it, but it had a learning curve when it came to using it. After looking ad quite a few other designs out by different designers, I decided what I'm looking for.


Flexible vs Rigid Adhesive for Door Construction


I am making a one-for-one replacement companionway door for my daughter and son-in-law's motor cruiser.  The existing door is made of teak and features stainless steel hardware.  Image 49 shows the existing door in its closed position.  Image 50 shows the door in its open position.  Image 54 shows the basic construction, rails and stiles joined by tenons with the panels fitted into rabbets in the frame pieces.  Images 52 and 56 show the dilapidated state of the door.

I am planning to make new rails and stiles from teak and to reuse the panels from the existing door.  The panels are in reasonable shape and can be restored by sanding and scraping.  I am planning to reuse as much of the hardware as I can, probably only having to replace the fasteners.  The owners requested that I keep the folding door design rather than make a rigid one-piece replacement door.

Coot N29DW Rebuild

It has been nearly two years since my last entry. Two things happened to slow the project.  A partially reassembled Coot Amphibian N29DW came up for sale.  This aircraft had been flipped, causing the main and aux spars to be cracked.  The spars have been replaced but the ribs and skins were not reassembled on the airplane.  The price was acceptable and my A&I mechanic agreed to open up some space in his shop for us to work on it together.  So N29DW was crated in a container truck and shipped from Minnesota to Virginia. 

Sea Knight - Somewhat Done and Too Much Fun

Oh my bad, I left you all hanging back in May.  Did I get the boat launched?  Did it float?  I am happy to report that yes I did get to launch my boat in June and yes it did float.  I have been having almost too much fun this summer with the boat and I just couldn't get around to finding the time, organizing my pictures or thoughts to update my blog.

Let me start where I left off though as it was a very frantic few weeks from my last blog post to getting the boat in the water.  First was getting the cabin door in place and putting the helm box together so that the marine shop would have a place to mount the steering and controls for me.

Cabin door and helm box

Cabin door and helm box

Cabin door and helm box

Restored Herreshoff at the Docks

Our gorgeous restored 1902 Herreshoff Buzzards Bay 30 Wachiwi is back in the water here in Belfast and will be rigged tomorrow. She can't wait to set sail again with her owner.  The whole harbor looks better with her at the docks, and it sure looks great to see a Victorian vessel docked here in the beautiful Victorian town of Belfast, Maine.

Sea Knight - Motor Well and Cockpit

When I went to the Boat Show earlier in the year I put a deposit onto a motor, a Evinrude 75hp 2 stroke.  I mentioned to them what I was putting it onto and the gentleman there told me I had better check my transom height as most of those old boat plans are made for the short shaft motor which isn't common anymore.  When I got home I measured my transom and sure enough it is cut out for the short shaft and I needed to add at least 4 inches to the height.  So if anyone out there is thinking of putting a boat together double check the plans for the transom height to ensure you cut it out to match the motor you will be getting.

Sea Knight - Interior Painting

Been hard at work getting the interior painted.  Not going to say much other than I am one step closer and glad it is done.  Cutting all of the edges and corners on the battens, frames, sheers, chines, stem,butt joints, cabinetry inside and outside took longer than the actual painting. 

There is still some more finishing details to be done on the inside, but the bulk of it is taken care of and I can work on the rest at my leisure.  Just want to get it usuable before summer time.

Interior cutting

Interior cutting and painting

Interior painting

Interior painting

Interior painting

The Paine '14 is Here

We will be building all new custom orders for the superb new daysailer designed by Chuck Paine.  The PAINE 14 is a scaled-down adaptation of the venerable and much-loved Herreshoff 12 ½ with a fin keel and separate rudder for more lively performance.?  She is available in beautifully detailed fiberglass with exquisite varnished mahogany trim, or equally beautifully detailed hand-built WEST epoxy cold-molded wood. ?At approximately half the weight of the original 12 ½ and about 10% smaller in length, breadth and depth, she preserves some of the “big boat” feel of her predecessor ?thanks to a lead ballast keel that accounts for nearly half her entire weight, but is optimized for easy trailering, maintenance, launch and retrieval. ?Click here for more information:  http://frenchwebb.com/paine-14-daysailer/


Sea Knight - Happy New Year

Happy 2014 everyone!  I took November and December off, except to tear down the temporary structure I had built over my parking spot.  It is now January 2014 and I am ready to get back at her and see if I can finish her off in time for the summer.

Outside Covered

After I took my structure down I covered her up with a new heavy duty tarp.  It helps keep it warm and dry inside while I am working on the interior of the cabin, with the help of a little portable heater. Which you can see here in my empty cabin.

Putting the interior together

Putting the interior together

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