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Old 08-07-2015, 11:59 PM   #321
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It seams these large stitch and goo boats are a pain.Lucky for Rick,this will be the last one.
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It seams these large stitch and goo boats are a pain.Lucky for Rick,this will be the last one.

Boat building is fun until the sanding phases
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It seams these large stitch and goo boats are a pain.Lucky for Rick,this will be the last one.
I have nothing but respect for rick taking on this massive project.

I my own modest way I've built two stich and glue boats: both were 8' length sailing dinghies , so I can't imagine the work involved in a 30' boat.

Keep up the fantastic work Rick, a very interesting and educational thread!
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I don't mind the sanding so much. Just wish there wasn't so goddam much of it!

This fiberglassing sh*t is grunt work. The good stuff is yet to come like wiring & engine install etc.

Tips! If you wanna build something like this, don't do it alone!
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Good to see you can take a joke. We have to have a sense of humour to do what we are doing mate lol
If I didn't have a sense of humour I'd likely have killed someone by now!

Don't build a boat and plaster your mistakes all over the freakin' Interwebs if you can't take a wee bit o'criticim & razzin' I always say!

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So to make up for slacking off yesterday I hit the shed at 9:00 and got to work ripping up peel ply and prepping the forward port side for glass.



That section is 16' long by 4' 2" wide. I figure it'll soak up about 2 gallons of epoxy and take me at least 3 hrs to wet out and peel ply. Might tackle that tomorrow, not sure yet.

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Not at all sir I just like plywood boats.

And they are (more or less) fun to build. If I had 1/10th of your drive I'd be building one now.
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Not at all sir I just like plywood boats.

And they are (more or less) fun to build. If I had 1/10th of your drive I'd be building one now.
I have plans here somewhere for the Bateau V-10 dingy. If someone was seriously willing to build it I'd give them the plans (license to build one boat).

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Without a doubt.Been there.Hate sanding.

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I have nothing but respect for rick taking on this massive project.

I my own modest way I've built two stich and glue boats: both were 8' length sailing dinghies , so I can't imagine the work involved in a 30' boat.

Keep up the fantastic work Rick, a very interesting and educational thread!
I agree.I will hopefully be undertaking a similar barge project in a couple years.Mine will be ply on frame.Less glass work and sanding.Still lots of it tho on a boat that will be around 34' LOA and 8'6" beam.I think Rick's barge is going to be 36' LOA and 9'6" wide.He'll have to correct me on that tho.


Hell of a good job there Rick.My hats off to ya.I'm 38, and it would take me a month just to lay down that 16'x4'2" area of glass.
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Just watching Matt and Rick has cured me of any desire I might have to wet out a bunch of fiberglass and then sand it all down. They each have more intestinal fortitude than I have ever had!
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Just watching Matt and Rick has cured me of any desire I might have to wet out a bunch of fiberglass and then sand it all down. They each have more intestinal fortitude than I have ever had!

haha c'mon mate. You're not living till you've sanded tri-axel glass then washed your clothes at the end of the day only to find out you've put them in the load with everything else and now you're undies are filled with fine glass fibres. Whats not to love!
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Without a doubt.Been there.Hate sanding.



I agree.I will hopefully be undertaking a similar barge project in a couple years.Mine will be ply on frame.Less glass work and sanding.Still lots of it tho on a boat that will be around 34' LOA and 8'6" beam.I think Rick's barge is going to be 36' LOA and 9'6" wide.He'll have to correct me on that tho.


Hell of a good job there Rick.My hats off to ya.I'm 38, and it would take me a month just to lay down that 16'x4'2" area of glass.
Hi Ben,

What are you thinking of building...?
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Don't wait too much longer Ben. I wish I had started this project in my 30's!

Our boat, as it sits, is 31' 5" from the tip of the bow to the top of the transom and 10' 2" beam. Probably end up near 36' with all the appendages & gew gaws stickin' off the bow & stern.

Sanding ain't so bad, really. Like Axe says 'what's not to love' 'bout it? My wife doesn't allow me anywhere near her washing machine with my boat shed clothes! Smart girlie!

Intestinal fortitude MHD? No, more than likely it's an intestinal blockage!

Going to start wetting out that panel about 9'ish so I don't disturb the neighbors on Sunday morning.

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Making great progress Rick
Thanks folks!

Port side fiberglass all gooped up & squeegeed. I only used a bit of peel ply where the fabrics will overlap. The rest is naked. See how it goes this time.



Took me 3 hrs and 2 gals of epoxy just like I figured it would. Getting good at guestimating materials I am!



The ole' web log has topped 100,000 page views. That's a wee accomplishment methinks! Many thanks to everyone who's visited it over the years. Cheers!!! http://she-kon.blogspot.ca/2015/08/port ... ssing.html

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What are you thinking of building...?
Spira Sitka stretched to 30 feet per designers plans and the optional vee bow instead of the flat up swept bow.It will end up being around 34' LOA with the swim platform and bow anchor roller.I've been trying to get started on this boat since 2008.My health keeps going in the crapper, and prevents me from getting started on my boat shed, or the boat.The boat in my avatar is the basic boat built per plans.Not mine tho.I can't remember the guys name right off hand.

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Don't wait too much longer Ben. I wish I had started this project in my 30's!

Our boat, as it sits, is 31' 5" from the tip of the bow to the top of the transom and 10' 2" beam. Probably end up near 36' with all the appendages & gew gaws stickin' off the bow & stern.

Sanding ain't so bad, really. Like Axe says 'what's not to love' 'bout it? My wife doesn't allow me anywhere near her washing machine with my boat shed clothes! Smart girlie!

Intestinal fortitude MHD? No, more than likely it's an intestinal blockage!

Going to start wetting out that panel about 9'ish so I don't disturb the neighbors on Sunday morning.

Standby.....
I am pushing to start when I'm 40.I am going to try to go back to school.It starts in September.I should be done with school, and starting to work by age 40.Living on disability isn't cutting it and I wasn't planning to live out my life on it.

I thought I'd get close on the boat specs.I was a bit off.
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You'll get there someday Ben. Just keep the dream alive! Took me till I was 50 to get started!

Hot & Muggy & rain all day. Not much fun fiberglassin' in that kinda weather so I decided to hack up some more aluminum plate and make the thrust plate for the Python Drive.



Took my time and got the holes lined up perfectly. Measure 1500 times, cut (drill) once they say!



Two shopping trips to Canadian Tire today. Second one netted a new Jig Saw & some drill bits. I probably have 50 drill bit kits or whatever you call them and none with a 1/2" bit. *sigh* Luckily both were on sale!



Weather supposed to be more conducive to epoxy work tomorrow.

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