I decided to fair out my boat's interior
after all. So there is a new order for some S3 Quickfair
and some mixing pots again. After looking at all those
pretty boats on some of the websites, I just couldn't
keep it completely work boat finish on the interior,
though it might be kind of amateur compared to some
(newbie fillets). At least it won't be completely
were taken before the 4 oz cloth and outwales
were in and you can see lots of epoxy/woodflour
on the bottom- it was right before flipping.
Butler's design of this Pacific dory is
built top first.
cheers, Bob Arnold
I realized I forgot to send you my update photos of
color choice. I'll attach some images for you. These
are the "in progress" painting photos. I'll
get more to you of the green copper treated interior.
Chuckster This is what I'm in too..
Thought maybe you'ld want to sea it..
I haven't gotten a thing done on my
Pathfinder since July! Here's
a pic of where I left things - I have a long way to
go. A fall launch is out of the question.
14' Can-Yak.. Plans from Glen-L....
I built this when I was just out of my Halo..It took
me 9 months ,but I did it......
When rowing, the rower is facing backwards and needs
to twist around periodically to ‘keep a proper
lookout’. Some old guys like me aren’t
very flexible and twisting around is so difficult
that we don’t do it as often as we should. I’ve
seen rowing shells with rearview mirrors, but trying
to adjust these from inside the boat could dampen
your enthusiasm for rowing (to say nothing of your
A solution which works for me is a bicycling mirror
which clips on your glasses. These are about 1"
in diameter and some have a wide angle curve. They
are not perfect, but they do let you know if you’re
about to run into something. It might be a product
that would sell to your clientele.
I have just now ordered plans for Diana
and wanted some info regarding the photo you have
shown for this boat as I plan to build a model of
her. I really would like to build a large scale (1/6
or 2" = 1'0") model of around 50" length
but have found that steam engines sufficient to power
a boat this big are around $4000 ready-to-run complete
with boiler, fuel tank, boiler fill pump, plumbing,
etc. This would be something like the Stuart D10 or
equivalent. You show a steam engine in your photo
and I am wondering what brand of engine this is......also
what is the length of the model shown?
web site www.vvm.com/~btbldr
some photos attached for your perusal......."
......."Endless" is a 1/12
scale model of a 28-foot Hacker runabout owned by
an investment banker in Boston.....I built it for
3 of his clients to give to him as a Christmas gift.....did
the hardware (52 pieces) in hard purple jeweler's
wax and had the pieces cast in the lost wax process
by a custom jeweler in Salado out of silver and silicon
bronze.......(I have all the "masters" and
Castanaldo rubber molds for more Hacker models at
1/12 scale if ever needed.) Upholstery by Nancy Simmons
of Indiana (she builds miniature collectible furniture)
.....transom gold leaf lettering by John Bruening
of upstate New York....he letters the full size Hackers
at the plant located on Lake George, NY..........he
used a 4-hair brush to letter this model. I have 671
hours in this model of which approx. 70% are a "one
time effort" consisting of carving all the wax
pieces and making patterns for the boat frames, planking,
Also included is a photo of my Piccolo
Here is a picture of "Primrose" my No Frills
15 designed by John Pruitt.
I picked up a big motor boat hull,
mostly for the dual axel trailer (even has LED lights)
no motor, but has a strange drive unit I'm trying
to research. It's called Surface Piercing Propulsion.
I need to find a prop. There's no company name on
it anywhere. One cast T fitting has "Hardin
Marine" on it. Ever hear of them? Attached
is a photo oh the unit. Goggle reports that it's
a very efficient drive. Thinking of hooking up a
Honda Civic motor to it, for extended travals at
Powell... Could be interesting.
Hope you both are having a great summer...
Attached is a pic of the AF4B
project in primer and one with paint and ports. I
think I'm onto something. I hope Jim likes it.
The one thing I think I screwed up is
that the wales and coamings are a little thick. The
red trim is a little clunky, which makes the boat
look a little like a toy. I don't mind it, but if
I were designing it as a product I'd refine those
Also, attached is a photo of a cool
trick I discovered, which will be in the article.
I didn't want to make a trip to my dad's to use the
bandsaw on the plexi. But of course a jigsaw will
launch shards of plastic at your head when they break
loose. (And they will...) So I found a downward-cutting
blade and cut a slot in an old stool. A quickie bandsaw,
I just got back this evening from the Port Townsend
Wooden Boat Festival. I stayed on my little Jewelbox
Jr. three nights tied up right in the
middle of the Festival. Quite an experience! :o) Here
are a couple of photos showing that I really was up
there, along with Dick Mitsch in his little Tug, Sea-Weed:
The Koko-nauts invaded the festival. I met a couple
-- Steve Axton and "Tom" -- but missed meeting
Jim Thayer. The two Koko-nauts I met said Jim would
love to see Sage, and I kept my eye open
for him, but we missed each other. :o(
I'm working, albeit slowly, on a cedar
strip kayak. I've got strips milled and forms assembled
but it's just too bloomin' hot here in the summer
to do much work outside! Hopefully, I'll make more
progress over the fall/winter months. I also built
a little Bolger Tortoise just for messin' about and
I'm toying with the idea of a Michalak AF3 for some
time in the future. A couple of pics are attached.
Oh well. Back to the daily grind...
(but dreaming of the sea.)
All the best