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Old 07-07-2018, 08:35 PM
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About 17 years ago I traveled to hatteras NC with a business associate. The plan was dolphin in May, that week I was hooked on offshore fishing. While I was there I also got hooked on Carolina custom boats. Since then I have lusted over these one of a kind vessels.

For sometime I've been been friends with a gentleman named Mike L---. During our friendship I've always been mesmerized by his knowledge and career in the Carolina boat building world. He worked on and designed many boats in the 80's and 90's in wanchese and now is a foreman for a local builder. About 3 months ago we started talking about cutting a jig off one of the many boat drawings he has stored from the 80's. 3 weeks ago he informed me there is a jig sitting in a garage that he cut for a Virginia Beach man in the late 90's. There was one boat pulled off it then it was stacked away and forgotten about. I reached out to the gentleman and we stuck a deal.

My background is in both automotive and marine repair. All my life my family has built our own homes, repaired anything and everything we o
wned. Im currently employed as a operations manager of a large yacht yard on a private island on the Chesapeake. We perform basic day to day repairs to extensive refit on large world cruising sail boats. I've been repair and running boats for as long as I can remember. Over the past 15 years in the marine field I've became proficient with all aspects of metal working, wood working, fiberglass, propulsion and systems. I'm "hoping" these skills, a great group of friends and a little luck allow me to see this through to the end with success.

So so here we are. I ordered a 42' pole barn. Whipped up a 4' riser for it to get to 16' ceilings. For the summer I'll leave the sides open, during the winter I'll seal it off with plywood. Next came the strongback, it's made of 2x12 's supported every 6' with 4x4's concreted in and with 2x10 floor joist's. Leveled the structure with a transit. I then used a fan laser to level the stations as mentioned in the cold mold fight club mentioned by Bill, it worked great TY. So 3 weeks in and this is where I'm at. I know this is going to be a super long project, but this is the culmination of all my years of absorbing as much knowledge as possible and what better way to apply it then a piece of artwork like this. My goal is to flip Year 1, house/foredeck/bridge year 2, systems year 3, propulsion year 3-4. Just in time for my 46th birthday and my son turning 9.

There has only been expresses built off this design, although there may be a 48 in Delaware that was stretched and built out as a flybridge of these lines, I'm working on getting a look. My plan is to built it out as a flybridge, I'm 80% sure that's the direction I'm going. I am going to change the cover board rake a bit and mellow out the shear just a bit. I'm attaching a few pics of boats that have been built off theses drawings over the years. Mike originally designed the boat called masterpiece for Sunny B. Then Mike changed the design just a bit to build a boat called Lady K. This jig was used to build a 45 express call miss behaving out of VB.

Please feel free to give advise if it's constructive, I'm really looking for different opinion on each step of the way. I'm not going to follow all but this is being documented to get opinions from the elders. Of course Mike is going to be my main adviser, but my father always said there is many ways to skin a cat. I've witnessed a few of these build go by the way of a bashing fest. If it goes that route I'll ask the Mods to just delete the thread. If you want to get into a heated debate go over the the coldmold fight club thread that why it's there.

Below are pics of some of the boats built off these drawings




This the boat one 44


This is boat two 43


This is boat three 45


This is a 81 46' Buddy that I'm hoping to take the side profile off of. I'm a real big fan of the classic lines





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Sorry guys, things have been crazy. About 8 weeks ago I left the yachtyard I was working for and went full time on my own performing Mobil repair. It was time as the admin side of things was were I spent most of my time and I was beginning to loose my passion. The rest of my time was spent babysitting adults, that’s no fun either. So I purchased a sprinter, loaded it with tools, an inverter and hit the road. This will be the 3rd and final business I’ve started over the years. I enjoy the sense of gratification walking away from a customer after they’ve thanked you 5 times for showing up on time, getting the job done right and on budget the first time.

One of the early projects I took on was converting a 27 judge from inboard to bracketed outboard. That project will be rapping up over the next 10 days. Once that’s done it’s back to the 45. When I took on the judge I promised myself I would not work on the 45 till the judge was done, just not right. I just walked in from welding up the fuel tank, yesterday I hung the engine. So it will not be long now.

Thankfully i’ve Been doing this on the side for 10 plus years and already had a good reputation in the area. I did become a Imtra dealer/installer as well as a Airmar dealer installer. Incurrently have a proportional bow and stern thruster job going on and a large Furuno package being installed. I’m scheduling 2-3 weeks out, so far things are good.

The 45 is all covered up and ready the finish gluing down the first layer. That layer is dryfitted and spiled. Looks like I’ll be fairing in summer, but ohh well, I could use to drop a few pounds. As soon as things get going I’ll get the updates back online.

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A pic of mis behaving a 45 built on VB
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sounds good
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Have seen some of Mike's drawings. How difficult is it to build a house boat off an express lofting? What has to change or not change? Just wondering.Power?
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Big project, keep us up to date. Beautiful lines.
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Those are some good looking boats. I love Carolina hulls .
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So cool. Your son will have lifetime memories of this project
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I will be watching and learning. Good luck with the build. WOW what a project.
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Beautiful! I love those Carolina boats. That first boat pictured, War Eagle, has the best lines. The broken sheer is not as exaggerated and overall the lines seem to flow better.
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That Briggs is a pretty boat. That's a big undertaking.. I'm jealouse!

I will be watching
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All those pictured sure have some pretty lines. Please keep posting pics.
Best of luck on a cool project.
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Originally Posted by tabascoT View Post
Have seen some of Mike's drawings. How difficult is it to build a house boat off an express lofting? What has to change or not change? Just wondering.Power?
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Mike does design and build a great boat. In the middle of his career he designed quite a few for the well known Wanchese builders. At this stage there is no real differences. Fore and aft engine bulkhead will be in the same place. Express boats side profile is a bit more sleeker. Flybridge boats are a bit more stout. The cover boards seems to have a bit more rake on a express from my observations, but that could just be builders choice.

Im hoping to find a pair of RTO QSM11 610's with really low hrs. The other option would be QSC 600's. Both should produce a cruise in the 27-28 knts.

Im going to build the boat out light and simple. Not a charter boat but a simple boat. Head forward, all water prof, manual head, also functioning as a shower stall. Moving aft , double bunks on both sides. Then a galley on one side and tackle storage on the other. The boat is based around K.I.S.S.
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That Briggs is a pretty boat. That's a big undertaking.. I'm jealouse!

I will be watching
The briggs boat is and eye catcher. If I go express that's the way I'm hoing it turns out.

It is a big undertaking. You only live once, follow your dreams.
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You have picked some beautiful hulls to get your inspiration from. I will definitely be following this build.
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Congrats you have a great head start. Follow your dreams.
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Cool project, I'll be following along.
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Sweet project!
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I'll definately be watching this. I emailed the guy on Craigslist about the 23' jig. He had just sold the 45'. I'm hoping to soon build one in between the two. 32-36' range. If you don't mind, I might like to come check out the progress sometime.
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Originally Posted by CoastalRunner View Post

A pic of mis behaving a 45 built on VB
Was this built for a Canadian guy who has ties to the OBX? ;? Just curious based on the name.

BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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