Here are two boats built on the same mold with about 200 years
difference in technique and materials. One is the most beautiful
boat I have ever seen and the other,,, we'll see.
The foam boat pictures tell the whole story. The tools in the
picture are all we used.
||Slighty different selection of tools than for
a timber boat.
I went to Lowes bought three sheets of 4 x 8 two inch thick
Styrofoam for $12 each, ran them through the table saw two inches
wide with a 3 degree bevel on both sides, tied them to the boat
with dental floss, stuck them together with bamboo skewers, no
glue, rough finished with a sureform plane and sandpaper and glassed
Three of us started this procedure at 10:15 in the morning and
were finished "planking" at 3:00 in the afternoon, with
lunch in there somewhere.
It took me about an hour to fair it and Jose and I glassed it
taking about 1.5 hours for each layer, it has 3 layers so far.
That's it. We don't really know what we're doing, making it up
as we go along, but it sure is fun.
The two inch foam is firm enough to work with, it doesn't flex
when you are working on it. You can sand the inside to any thickness
you want. To see how easy it is to work with go get a foam cup
and sand it. Jose and I lifted the glassed hull off of the mold
easily, probably weights 60 pounds. I'll let you know how it works
||Faired and ready for glass
||Underside of the boat
I'm sure it will be at Cedar Key in May. It was so much fun that
Jose started one for himself, we already have the rigs for them
so we can try them out without a whole new rig. You can see from
Roger's expression what he thinks of it, actually he's as curious
as I am how this will work out, some think it'll explode when
I stress the hell out of it as I'm prone to do.
The other pictures speak for themselves.
Roger Allen is worlds greatest wooden boat builder, period.
I told him that I was going to sneak over and screw a clear plastic
deck on his boat we the inside wouldn't be covered up. He's the
man when it comes to knowing how an old timey boat should be done.