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Phase 1 of my OSS project is
nearly complete, and I've decided to name my boat "UNO"
(i.e., my first boat). I'm really pleased with how UNO has turned
out, and I hope to take her on a test-run in the next week or
so. My office is about a half mile from the Chattahoochee River
on the north side of Atlanta, and I think I'll throw the boat
in the back of the truck and take her down to the water someday
soon after work.
and finishing time (and financing!) were all kept at a minimum
so that my dear wife didn't mind the project too much. In fact,
I've been doing the boat project pretty much "on the side"
while I've been building 24 maple frame & raised panel doors
for the kitchen. That progress, too, has certainly helped keep
the wife happy!
1 of the OSS project served two purposes. First, I just wanted
to build a boat. Second, I used the excuse of needing to build
a prototype so that I could repeat the project with my two nephews,
ages 9 and 11. They've just moved back to the South after five
years in the Boston area, and my wife thought it would be fun
for Uncle Bill to do some kind of project with them.
It didn't take me long to decide what type of project we should
do! In order to make the project with the nephews go a little
more smoothly, I've pre-cut some of the trickier pieces, such
as the beveled chine logs and the rabbetted gunwales. I've left
some things for them to cut with the jigsaw, such as the frame
gussets. I figure they're not quite ready for the table saw.
only places I've knowingly deviated from the plans are: (1)
absence of rowlocks (oarlocks), which I may add later, and (2)
increasing freeboard by 2" since I already had some wider
full lengths of 1/4" lauan plywood leftover from another
project. For starters, without rowlocks I'll probably just face
forward and use a canoe paddle or a kayak-type double paddle.
Also, it appears that increasing the height of the sides by
2" and keeping the bow & stern angles the same only
decreased the length of the bottom by about 1.5". The top
edges, of course, remained 8' long. Since I wasn't limited to
using a single sheet of ply (not a true OSS, then), I thought
the increased freeboard would feel a little safer for us.
2 of the OSS project begins tonight. My younger nephew will
be coming over to spend the night and build his boat. I hope
to be finished with construction sometime tomorrow afternoon,
after which he will take the boat home for sanding & painting.
Phase 3 will be doing the same with the other nephew, and it's
scheduled for 2 weeks from now. Phase 4 will be the mass launching,
probably at Lake Allatoona. Stay tuned!