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Old 12-13-2018, 01:38 PM
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This is my plywood boat currently. It is Devlin 33 circa 2015
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Old 12-13-2018, 02:35 PM
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Ron Jeremy built his own boat??

Very Nice!
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Old 12-13-2018, 09:40 PM
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Great thread. Thanks
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I had not heard of a Borum before finding this one family boat on Ebay. Borum was a boat builder producing Plywood boats in Jacksonville Florida. Its a 1957 with a 1957 Mercury Mark 75. Neutral is with the the single lever control centered, and the engine off. To go forward you advance the control and the engine starts in forward. Move the control backwards and the motor starts in reverse. The engine earned the nickname by many who owned one, "Dock Buster" I had a 1957 aluminum Feather Craft "Hawk II" and this Borum which took styling cues from the Chevy of the day. I haven't touched the original finish some 60 years old. Borum also was a pioneer in the early days of fiberglass.






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Beautiful!
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This is the best looking plywood boat I have. I use it to cruise around the islands where I live, and also to row back and forth from the beach to my main boat. No docks on my island.
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[QUOTE=cracked_ribs;12066537]This is the best looking plywood boat I have. I use it to cruise around the islands where I live, and also to row back and forth from the beach to my main boat. No docks on my island.
Is that Vancouver? What a location.
Stitch and glue is a wonderful way to make a small boat.
This stitch and glue outboard is now 45 years old. I built it for my little brother, he grew out of it, then I gave it to another kid, he grew out of it, it came back,I gave it to another kid, it came back and on and on.
The DNR registration stickers are a quarter inch thick. My daughters use it now. That 60 year old engine that looks like new? gotta love Northern fresh water Lakes!

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Old 12-16-2018, 07:29 AM
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Now that is a beautiful day boat!
Absolutely! Owens?
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Old 12-16-2018, 07:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Otseg View Post
I had not heard of a Borum before finding this one family boat on Ebay. Borum was a boat builder producing Plywood boats in Jacksonville Florida. Its a 1957 with a 1957 Mercury Mark 75. Neutral is with the the single lever control centered, and the engine off. To go forward you advance the control and the engine starts in forward. Move the control backwards and the motor starts in reverse. The engine earned the nickname by many who owned one, "Dock Buster" I had a 1957 aluminum Feather Craft "Hawk II" and this Borum which took styling cues from the Chevy of the day. I haven't touched the original finish some 60 years old. Borum also was a pioneer in the early days of fiberglass.






Buddy of mines dad had one of those POS motors on a really nice Borum. St. Johns north of Lake Harney, Indian River. Traded it for one of Rodney Thompsons first fiberblass with an 80 hp Mercury..now THAT was a sweet package.
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Originally Posted by NedLloyd View Post
A 3 Hole Yamaha, beating a 6 Hole Merc. That is why Yamaha has it's reputation today, just the rest of them have caught up.
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[QUOTE=Otseg;12066739]
Originally Posted by cracked_ribs View Post
This is the best looking plywood boat I have. I use it to cruise around the islands where I live, and also to row back and forth from the beach to my main boat. No docks on my island.
Is that Vancouver? What a location.
Stitch and glue is a wonderful way to make a small boat.
This stitch and glue outboard is now 45 years old. I built it for my little brother, he grew out of it, then I gave it to another kid, he grew out of it, it came back,I gave it to another kid, it came back and on and on.
The DNR registration stickers are a quarter inch thick. My daughters use it now. That 60 year old engine that looks like new? gotta love Northern fresh water Lakes!

Vancouver is indeed where I built her... she spends her life in the Gulf islands just west of there. I have a place in Vancouver and a place on an island out in the archipelago.

The nice thing is that I can leave my home in the middle of a giant city, spend a couple of hours on the boat and be in totally secluded wilderness, with a moat to keep out most of the riff-raff, other than myself of course. Plus of course the whole area is a giant marine playground.

I love stitch and glue for small boats. I am just gearing up to make another one now, a simple knockaround skiff to run cheaply in the islands. To me it's the perfect method for building light, tough, simple boats up to around 20 feet or so. Past that and I like cold moulding but for little skiffs and day sailors and play boats S&G is just about perfection.
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Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post
Buddy of mines dad had one of those POS motors on a really nice Borum. St. Johns north of Lake Harney, Indian River. Traded it for one of Rodney Thompsons first fiberblass with an 80 hp Mercury..now THAT was a sweet package.
Of course I have found a remedy for the POS direct reversing. Heck with it.
Take all that kit off an go with a short shaft one to one gear case. Who needs reverse.
Fast forward, reverse be damned. :-)





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Do you have any pictures of the bottom running surface of that "K-54"?

I have several nice sheets of okoume that I have been wanting to turn in to a little S&G project. Bought them several years ago but the project just keeps getting moved to the back burner.

And partly I'm stalling because I just haven't come up the right bottom shape yet. I've cut some rough stringers and toyed with some ideas, but they all seemed like I was torturing the ply too much.

The real problem is.... I have no clue what I'm doing. Just wanna do it. Will buy some real cheap ply to build the first one.
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Originally Posted by Otseg View Post
Of course I have found a remedy for the POS direct reversing. Heck with it.
Take all that kit off an go with a short shaft one to one gear case. Who needs reverse.
Fast forward, reverse be damned. :-)





My buddy from Miami ran the races up from Miami to here and back, and in the Miami (race boat area). He ran Mercury's. Guess you're a OFF member?
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Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post
Absolutely! Owens?
Not Owens,.... Chris Craft.
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Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post
My buddy from Miami ran the races up from Miami to here and back, and in the Miami (race boat area). He ran Mercury's. Guess you're a OFF member?
Ha.... I have kids much younger than all of the grand kids of those Old Farts.

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Do you have any pictures of the bottom running surface of that "K-54"?
I have several nice sheets of okoume that I have been wanting to turn in to a little S&G project. Bought them several years ago but the project just keeps getting moved to the back burner.
And partly I'm stalling because I just haven't come up the right bottom shape yet. I've cut some rough stringers and toyed with some ideas, but they all seemed like I was torturing the ply too much.
The real problem is.... I have no clue what I'm doing. Just wanna do it. Will buy some real cheap ply to build the first one.
Message me what you are looking for. I have hundreds of small boat plans from the 1930's to the 1990's, many with details for the first time builder.
The 1929 Arrow had its deck patented but shows the hull lines.
The Mechanix Illustrated "Spitfire" was always on my short list to build.


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Where is that drool emoji when you need it!
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Built minimax hulls in high school shop class. Then some 12' runabouts. Hacked up a bunch of 1/4" ply over the years.
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