I am a regular Duckworks visitor and
so far have built a Michalak “Toto”
as a year 9 “Personal Best” school project
(another article will follow one day) and a one sheet
skiff with Dad as our entry to boat-building. I had
been wanting to build a larger boat more suited to
fishing in open waters for a while.
The choice to build an AF4
Breve over all of the other designs out
there in the big wide world of cuddy power boats is
the fact that it was pretty easy on the eye, simplicity
of construction and the smaller bill of materials
than a lot of the other boats its size.
When the epoxy
had set, I dry fitted the whole boat to get
a feel for the size of it.
Plans were ordered and after Christmas I had enough
funds to purchase the plywood. I started to collect
all of my materials in January 2007 from my local
timber yard. I have used a high grade exterior ply
as marine ply was at least double the price.
With Dads help, I marked out and cut the side panels,
transom, bulkheads, temporary forms and lengths of
timber to strengthen around the perimeter of the bulkheads
and transom. This took a couple of evenings.
The next stage was attaching the strengtheners with
the best glue in the world “epoxy” (it
is a godsend) and cutting all relevant bevels on the
sides and the bottoms where required. Cutting bevels
seemed to be the trickiest part so far.
I am under the
impression that this is only the second AF4
Breve built other than the prototype and may
be the only one in Australia.
When the epoxy had set, I dry fitted the whole boat
to get a feel for the size of it. It is the biggest
and first motor boat that I have built. I was impressed
with size of the cockpit and cabin. A little imagination
was used in planning the layout of equipment that
I want to include in the cabin. At this stage I plan
to have a small camp stove, esky (icebox), sink and
bunk, a tight fit but “do-able” I think.
When finished building my boat I will most likely
be using it in the bay where I live which is only
a few kilometres away. Weekend camping and fishing
trips to the Mighty Murray River and Gippsland Lakes
(3-4 hours away) may also be a possibility. My other
goal is to get it looking all nice and presentable
so I can take it to the wooden boat festivals around
Australia over the course of the next couple of years.
I am under the impression that this is only the second
AF4 Breve built other than the prototype and may be
the only one in Australia. I would like to hear from
any other builders of AF4 Breves. I will also keep
you updated on my progress. Currently I am saving
pocket money for epoxy.
Until next time, happy building,
My name is Daniel Mark Peterson and I am 16
years old. I live in Geelong Victoria Australia
and am a full time year 11 student at St. Ignatius
College Geelong. I have been building boats
for around 2 ½ years. I’m starting
to get the hang of it. I like all aspects of
boating from building, through paddling, sailing,
motor boating and fishing.