Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ready for glass

I got the bottom faired and ready for glass.  I'm using 6 oz 38 inch wide glass.  I'll double it at the center bottom.  The goop at the bow is rockhard putty.  That stuff filled in gaps.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Bull nose

I put a bull nose on the boat.  It's not on the plans but it makes sense.  I'm planning on painting the hull but I'll leave that unpainted and stain it.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Duck bottom

I got the bottom on.  I took a chance wit the glue and then wound up using a hybrid system.  I mixed up enough epoxy to do the outer chine area. I then used yellow titebond II glue for the interior strips.  I figure the bottom is going to be covered in fiberglass so the glue doesn't matter.  I used yellow glue for the entire bow section.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Duck sides

I got both sides on the boat.  I had to work fast because it is 80 degrees and the epoxy want's to go off real fast.   I had about 5 minutes pot time for each quarter.  Starting to look like a real boat.


Friday, May 25, 2012

Duck shell

Finally got the shear and the chine on the boat.  Hopefully I'll get some skin on tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


I mounted the keel to the transom.  I glued the knee into the transom and the keel with screws and thickened epoxy.  Done for the day.  

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Starting the build

I got the shed set up for building.  It stored several boats and all the lawn equipment.   My first reaction to seeing the forms on the strongback is the boat does have some rocker.  I'll have to check the plans again on that.  I thought the boat had a flat bottom.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Duck forms

I made 3 of the four forms for this boat.  The forth one is the transom.  The two forms in the middle are temporary.  Interesting to note that the  bow form holds the  bow deck station and the mid form holds the deck braces.  Another interesting thing is I think this building method is a forerunner to the stitch and glue method.  More on this later.

Also got the stem done and the backbone for the deck.   The boat is going to have a fine shear into the water.  I guess that's for pushing the marsh away.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

New boat

I had a guy stop by the house last week to look at my boats.  He mussed that I did not have a fishing boat for the small ponds and lakes that are found in Delaware.  He specifically mentioned a boat from the Glen-L boat people.  It was called a "Duck Boat"   I don't have a power boat in my collection so I looked up this boat and found it quite appealing to the eye.  I order the plans and this is what I got.

The plans are clearly from the 60's or 70's as the wording in the write up calls for materials that are no longer used in boat building.

Full size patterns for all the parts.
Written instructions on what to do.
Building forms.

This is what it's supposed to look like when it's done...