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Old 05-21-2018, 07:45 PM
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Default Started Building a Boat Today....Got Her Wet!

And no 425 Yam V-8's will be harmed in the making...

I've wanted to do this for a while, is mostly a project to entertain my 14 year old and myself, and a boat might even result. The only plans are in my head with LYS (ish) techniques and materials to be used, and certainly with my own twists along the way. She should finish up around 15'6" with a max beam amidships of perhaps 6' or a skosh less. Power will be whatever 20 - 30 HP motor I stumble across when the time comes. Anyways...

First order of business was the stem and my local Lowe's served up a plenty fine chunk of Doug Fir, a few quick minutes on the table saw and done

Next was the side panels and feel free to borrow my uber ghetto CPVC batten, a little tweaking, pulling and eyeballing and soon something resembling a fair curve was born. And yes I am planning for some sheer adjustment after the panels are bent into place. We dogged it off after this, the transom being next and I've yet to find the 2 particular 2 x 12's I want. I may have to cave in and build a ply transom but I'm holding out hope for clear dimension lumber
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Congratulations on working with your son on a project. Regardless of the outcome it will be a remembered experience. Keep us posted.
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this program can help with the lofting. It can also be used to visualize the boat in your head.

Carlson's Hull Designer program
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I'm in....love these builds.
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Old 05-22-2018, 08:04 AM
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Originally Posted by jcassara View Post
this program can help with the lofting. It can also be used to visualize the boat in your head.

Carlson's Hull Designer program
Thanks, I've been looking for something like this. And to everyone else thank you for the kind words. I should have pointed out my plywood material of choice is Arauco ply - I bought a sheet of 3/4" for other reasons last year and it is pretty fine stuff, at least for a homebrewed throw down skiff - equal thickness plys (5 in the 1/2" and 7 in the 3/4"), minimal to no core voids and the piece I boiled for 20 minutes didn't even blink.

With butt blocks really hurting my feelings I have quasi talked myself into scarfing the side panels together so my pea brain has been busy inventing a scarfing jig, if the honey do list doesn't rear it's ugly head that will be this afternoons venture. PL premium glue and ABYC approved decking screws will handle most of the fastening chores.
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Looks like a fun project with the son.

When I was a teen my dad had a 15 foot plywood flat bottom skiff. 25 Johnson. I put many an hour in the boat, catching red drum, speckled trout, and lots of other fish around Saint Simons Island, GA, in the rivers and creeks. Kept me off the street and out of trouble!
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Google Learned Dories. Or Terry Learned, dory builder. There are several articles and you tube videos on the net showing his dories and building techniques. I have seen photos of his scarfing jig, you may be able to find it with some good searching.

Terry Learned is the premier builder of the Pacific City Dory, a 22 footer used by sport and commercial fishermen off the coast of Oregon. Flat bottom, the videos of the beach landings are impressive!
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Old 05-22-2018, 09:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Altamaha View Post
Google Learned Dories. Or Terry Learned, dory builder. There are several articles and you tube videos on the net showing his dories and building techniques. I have seen photos of his scarfing jig, you may be able to find it with some good searching.

Terry Learned is the premier builder of the Pacific City Dory, a 22 footer used by sport and commercial fishermen off the coast of Oregon. Flat bottom, the videos of the beach landings are impressive!
Very interesting, I have quite the soft spot for these hull types - We would all be in a Tolman if not for the "need" to run 50MPH. The idea has been back burnered for a while but a 23' - 24' vee bottom doryish hull really appeals to me as an economical and very capable do it all platform.
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Good luck! Always wanted to build my own boat...may attempt it one of these days.
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Is this the style boat?
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Is this the style boat?
No, similar but not the classic flat bottom of the plywood Pacific City Dory. That one looks like a fiberglass Harvey Dory.

I will post a photo of a Learned Dory in the next post.
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. Learned Dory at Pacific City Oregon: Stout plywood construction with thick fiberglass on the bottom and sides.


Fiberglass Harvey Dory:
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Originally Posted by sway21 View Post
Is this the style boat?
Of the 23'/24' I mentioned wanting - yes, in center console layout but yes that hull form. The little one I'm building will be a flat bottom along the lines of.....

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No boat progress to report today (I am pals with Midcap after all) but a few quick minutes with some scrap and I have this super sporty 8:1 scarfing jig ready to roll. Not pictured I have some 2" aluminum angle to mount my router on and I even sprang for a new 3/4" bit. I'm hoping tomorrow to put it to use on the side panels.
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No boat progress to report today (I am pals with Midcap after all) but a few quick minutes with some scrap and I have this super sporty 8:1 scarfing jig ready to roll. Not pictured I have some 2" aluminum angle to mount my router on and I even sprang for a new 3/4" bit. I'm hoping tomorrow to put it to use on the side panels.


you accomplished more in this week on your boat than I have in almost a year on my boat.
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