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anyone here build their own boat ?
« on: April 19, 2012, 11:34:06 AM »
Looking into building my own boat.
Checking out the lumberyard skiff.  Old warf dory company.
looks really simple.
also giving some thought to building a catarama ....did i spellthat right?  Lol
Been looking at those twin hulls.
They look very stable.

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Re: anyone here build their own boat ?
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2012, 11:58:44 AM »
I haven't personally but as a kid did help dad built two or three. We're talking more than 50 years ago. That's the only kinda boat we had in those days.

I've forgotten the length if I ever knew but imagine it was either 12' or 14'. He used 1"x12" lumber for the sides and front as I recall and a 2x12 for the rear transom. He always cut a triangle shaped section off one end and that became the bow and he added it to the rear to increase the depth there.

He made some floors from tongue and groove 1"x4" lumber and some from marine grade plywood. Either way there was a lot of calking with tar and then a paint job. They always leaked some so we kept a bucket for bailing on board each trip. That job usually fell to me. If the leaking got too bad it came out of the water to have more tar added. Otherwise it never left the river and was chained to a tree with a long steel chain and a lock.

They were flat bottom jon boat in design and fairly wide. They worked fine for three of us fishing in them and were pushed with a 5 hp Johnson motor from the '40s or very early '50s. I'm not sure of it's age but I don't recall it ever being new and I was born in '45. I'm guessing it was as old as me.

Such a boat was way heavy to trailer and in those days boat trailers were home made or done without I reckon as I seldom ever saw one. We carried them to the river in a flat bed trailer he also made to haul the gear behind our car in those days. Once he put it in it never came out again unless to add more tar.

These days with plenty of boat plans available and wood working equipment available it shouldn't be that tough to do. I'm thinking tho the same leaking problems we had are likely to crop up.


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Re: anyone here build their own boat ?
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2012, 02:54:48 PM »
There's a thread somewhere in the woodworking forum where I was musing about building a sailboat.  Started out talking about a little 8-9 foot "Stitch and Glue" but settled on a Penobscot 14.  ;D
 
'course it's still on my list of projects to start... someday... maybe...  :-[
 
 
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Re: anyone here build their own boat ?
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2012, 07:17:45 PM »
Dorys are the simplist style for homemade, I've built several. They are a real practical small boat too. I still have the last one, I plan to teach the grandkids to sail it if I ever get the time. The boat sails, rows like a dream, and pops up on a plane real fast with just a 6hp motor. Only thing I dislike is to sail it has to have a center board trunk which is a pain to manuver around from the front seat. If you didn't want to sail it leave out the centerboard, and it would be a dream with motor and oars.
 
I got the plans from a book called The Dory Book. An old old book it may be hard to find, but your library could probably find it for you.

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Re: anyone here build their own boat ?
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2012, 04:43:21 AM »
I got the plans from a book called The Dory Book.

Shoot boy!  That book be everywhere!   :D  According to Google anyways!   ;D
 
And thanks for the tip!  But in searching for that book I saw many other books on the subject I'd like to get!    :P   And that's my problem...  :-\  If I spent as much time "doing" as I do "planning" I'd get a lot more done!   :-[
 
Wonder if I can find about a 12 foot stitch and glue sailing dory...  ???  Oh well, off to Google!   ::)
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Re: anyone here build their own boat ?
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2012, 01:47:52 PM »
Hey guys ...just google "lumberyard skiff"
And then check out berkeley engineering.   LOVE THEM LITTLE TUG BOATS! !! I like the perfect ten the best.
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Re: anyone here build their own boat ?
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2013, 08:46:26 AM »
im building a pdracer ...

check out the    pdracer.com   website ..  worlds simplest and sweetest  coolest little  sail boat ive ever seen...
im building three of them .. one for me .. the girlfriend and the grandkids.


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Re: anyone here build their own boat ?
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2013, 08:47:58 AM »
i'll try to post a picture

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Re: anyone here build their own boat ?
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2013, 08:49:25 AM »
here is what im building ... again .. check out  pdracer.com

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Re: anyone here build their own boat ?
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2013, 09:44:03 AM »
i'm still trying to find some kind of
close plan to the travis crabtree boat.


see post sept last year.


[size=78%]the one you've posted is neat, but too[/size]
wide and unwieldy for what i'm looking for.

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Re: anyone here build their own boat ?
« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2013, 09:50:15 AM »
i'm still trying to find some kind of
close plan to the travis crabtree boat.


see post sept last year.


[size=78%]the one you've posted is neat, but too[/size]
wide and unwieldy for what i'm looking for.



do you have a pictue of the crabtree boat ? can u maybe visualize it .? and build it by eye ?

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Re: anyone here build their own boat ?
« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2013, 10:01:55 AM »
no- sorry i don't.


it's from the movie "the legend
of boggy creek"


a young man uses it for his trapping
and woodsbumming boat.


it's just a minimum sized pointy on
front - flat on back homemade small
boat big enough to paddle, one person
and very little gear.


i've yet to find another.

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Re: anyone here build their own boat ?
« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2013, 11:38:52 AM »
i guess ? from what your saying how she's built ...  it sounds kinda like a small lumberyard skiff..
. google walter barons lumber yard skiff..
i think it might be close to what your looking for. they can be scaled up or down.

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Re: anyone here build their own boat ?
« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2013, 12:47:55 PM »
no. after looking at that, i
see that's one of the ones i've looked
at before. this is built lightweight so
as to be able to be dragged over stobs
and shallow muddy spots like t.c. does
in the movie. this is built so as to be
paddled or poled only with no provision
for mounting a motor or sail.
near as i could tell just watching the show,
it's maybe 8 feet long. maybe 3+ feet wide
at the top of the back, maybe a foot wide
at the top of the front, 8 +- inches wide at
the bottom of the front at the board that
the sides are nailed to.


many thanks for trying though. . . .