Pokey Hontas

by Ken Duda

As everone who has ever built a boat knows, you start by building a frame (called a strong back) that you attach the boat frame's to. Once the frame's are secured to the strong back, you make sure the strong back does not move. Only I have a wife that insisted on parking her car in the same heated garage at night. The garage being only 19'X 20' meant that I had to come up with a way to move the boat in the center when the car was not there. So before adding wheels to the strong back, I had to make sure nothing would move during construction. And it worked, the frame's never shifted and the boat came out true. It also forced me to clean up each night.

The boat went together fairly easy, I used marine plywood, oak, mahogany, and epoxy through out the building of the Redwing. I took some 2" X 10' pine and other lumber to fit the hull when it was time to roll it over. The side's were very flexible and I was concerned about damaging it. It worked out very well.

The cabin door's were a real challenge. I now have great respect for louvered door's. The anchor's for door handles were made from one piece of walnut. They really were easy to make. But like any building project, after awhile it seemed like I would never finish. But that's history now. This boat is not a speed boat, its meant for lazy cruising down a somewhat quiet river. Top speed for me is about 6 to 10 MPH, that's why I named it "Pokey Hontas". Just a little humor.

                   Ken Duda

were it began  
Strong back gets wheels
Close-up of wheels
Plywood sides go on
Splicing bottom of boat

Fitting the skegs

Hull ready for fiber glass
Fitting glass

Fiber glassing completed

The roll out

Hull protection
Safe, no damage

On the trailer
In the side yard

Started cabin
Frame work and deck

Make louvered doors
Finished outside doors

Finished inside doors
Started on motor well

Motor well


Wheel in place

Back in garage for paint

Just a little more
Hand made handles

For the River

In the water