Started building a new skiff and figured this was a decent time to throw some pictures up. Iím taking a lot of the pictures/text from my posts on another forum so if it doesnít make a ton of sense thatís why. The boat is a Bateau GF16 and I have a 2017 Suzuki DF20 to power it and itís sitting on a 2016 Magic Tilt trailer. I started Thanksgiving 2016 and even though the boat is still under construction it is officially titled and registered in the state of Florida.
I was able to get the bottom on and start taping the seams, about half of them done but I don't have pictures. I do however have pictures of what showed up yesterday, which happened to be on my wife's birthday. I told her it was for her, just so happened to be going on a boat I would use predominantly.
A few pictures from the past week. I got the bottom cut and temporarily mounted, all the inside chine seams glassed (aside from frame/bottom) and transom/bow glassed in. I trust the design of the boat completely but because I have a habit of overbuilding I tripled the glass on the transom vertical side/transom part and doubled the bow glass. I know it was probably overkill but it makes me feel better for when I inevitably hit a sand bar at full throttle.
I cut all the wood for both sides of the rubrail last night. I don't have enough clamps for both sides so the right side was glued but the left side has been dry fit which will hopefully make it go quicker. I used 6 dowels at various locations to act as locators which really helped a lot. I haven't been able to sand yet so it looks ugly but overall I'm happy. On the FL14 I did the rubrail last and I'm glad I did the rubrail this early, it's amazing how much stiffness gets added with it. On the picture with the dowel in it I moved clamps to get a better shot, it was highly supported last night while curing.
Had a busy weekend, was able to get the rubrail fully on and flip the boat. I cut a hole in the bottom for a through hole transducer that I filled with milled glass fiber. I wanted to be able to glass over it in one shot. I rounded the chines, filled with putty, taped seams and laid the wide cloth on. Ended up working by myself and from the first mix to taking the gloves off it was right about 7 hours. Long day when you're fighting a cold but it was worth it, everything done at once and minimal air bubbles. The bow glass was a little tricky but I managed to get it completely covered. It looks funky due to separate pieces being used but it was all put on at the same time so I'm hoping tied in as if it was one piece. Also I glassed all the way to the rubrail on both sides which gave me about 2/3 of the width of the bottom being double glassed. Makes me feel better about that inevitable sandbar at 30mph.
Yesterday I got the runners glued and glassed to the bottom, it's really feeling stiff now. I'm going to call a few lumber places locally to see if I can get a few pieces of Doug Fir for the spray rails since the selection at Lowe's was pretty pathetic.
Ended up going w/ 1"x2"x14' fir spray rails (actually 0.75"x1.625") and got those epoxied in place last night. It was a little challenging to get them on by myself and I ended up having to use screws but those won't be too bad to remove and fill later on. I purposely left a little hanging off the back so I could trim them and towards the bow I like to shape with putty instead of grinding to shape. Towards the transom where it doesn't look straight it wasn't, luckily I caught it early and moved it 0.5" down (towards shear). It looks like on the runners there's air voids under the glass but in person that doesn't appear, I think it's something with the lighting on the camera. Tonight I'm planning on doing a lot of trimming of overhanging cloth and general cleanup from the work this weekend.
I ended up adding 4' to the current strakes and will splice them in with a layer of 2 of 12oz biax. They're just glued in place now, will be glassed tonight, but I can tell there is definitely more stiffness in the bow. They end right at the rear of the front casting deck. The bend was more than I was expecting so I had to use screws instead of just weight but they're on there now!
Did something terrible to my ankle and my Dr. has said to stay off my feet. I told him that I had 4 days off from work and I wasn't going to sit there and do nothing (he understood I think) and now I REALLY have to stay off of it. Something something tendinitis mixed with another set of latin words. I did get the binder threads knocked down and first layer of fairing compound down. I bought the materials to build a fairing board which will happen sometime soon hopefully.
Also got the final piece of the puzzle, the trailer. It needs to be set up for this boat but I've got plenty of PT 2x4s, bunk carpet and brackets. Bought LED taillights and a swing tongue and it came with a new friend too.
Hope everyone had a great Christmas!
Ankle is still not great but a few Rxs later I can at least walk on it. Have the bottom pretty much faired, just need to sharpen the chines. The bottom was very straight the last 4-5' except for the left corner of the transom, I think the wood must have shifted when I was tacking it together. Not a big deal, just a few extra passes of fairing compound and glass but it's worth it to get it done correctly now than later.
I made a few fairing boards out of 1/4" and 3/4" plywood, 3mm foam, hobby lobby handles and harbor freight 36 grit sanding sheets. I'm sure a real board would work better but these did the trick and were less than $10 for both.
Best news is I got the boat and trailer titled/registered. I didn't have to show pictures of have it inspected, just show receipts. It was the first time this DMV had registered a homebuilt boat and since I've done it before I walked them through it but I now know the process very well!
Looking forward to getting the graphite on sometime this week, side faired/painted and flipped onto the trailer.
I was able to get the dams built last night and pour a mix of woodflour and milled glass for the chines. There's some decent planing that needs to be done to knock them down but it's a lot better than too little. Also got the final layer of fairing on the right corner, it's now level and straight. A lot of work that was broken into small 1-2 hour jobs here and there but I'm hoping the end result will be worth it.