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Old 03-22-2011, 16:51   #1
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not fish but wooden boats

http://vandamboats.com/gallery/

They showed Van Dam Boats creating a custom wooden boat on the American Craftsman show. Incredible process from start to finish. When you go to the link, click on the link at the left which says american craftsman.
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Old 03-22-2011, 16:56   #2
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Those boats are works of art for sure - thanks for posting.
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Old 03-23-2011, 15:50   #3
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This is a 18 ft wood stripper I built before my daughter was born (she's in the canoe) It is made from red cedar and redwood strips I ripped and mahogany seats. The hull is edge glued strips with fiberglass inside and outside.
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Old 03-23-2011, 17:11   #4
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That sure is a good looking boat BB (not sure whether to call it a kayak or canoe).

My sincere compliments on your handiwork - it takes some skill to build something like that and for it to last.

Do you still have that boat? I seem to recall you sharing a story about a trip that you took on the water a year or so back - along with photographs.

I could be wrong but I think that it was you as you do tell a good story. If my recollection has failed my apologies.
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[QUOTE=tonyz;382936]That sure is a good looking boat BB (not sure whether to call it a kayak or canoe).

My sincere compliments on your handiwork - it takes some skill to build something like that and for it to last.

BB,my compliments too,looks good indeed.......

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This is a 18 ft wood stripper I built before my daughter was born (she's in the canoe) It is made from red cedar and redwood strips I ripped and mahogany seats. The hull is edge glued strips with fiberglass inside and outside.
How long did it take you to do this project? By the way, nice job. Looks good.
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How long did it take you to do this project? By the way, nice job. Looks good.
It took perhaps 5-6 months being as I had a fulltime job and no enclosed area to build it. I built it in my driveway and covered it with tarps to keep the snow off. Such things as weather temps on weekends would determine whether I could glue or work with the resin. The tricky thing is to rip a 20 ft long 1"X10" into 20 ft long strips 1/4"X1". That's just a whole lot of ripping and sawdust.

Critical issue as always is front end prep, which in this case is an accurate strongback. Other thing is that there is a lot of hand fitting of complex angles such that you need to really know something about how to plane wood.
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It took perhaps 5-6 months being as I had a fulltime job and no enclosed area to build it. I built it in my driveway and covered it with tarps to keep the snow off. Such things as weather temps on weekends would determine whether I could glue or work with the resin. The tricky thing is to rip a 20 ft long 1"X10" into 20 ft long strips 1/4"X1". That's just a whole lot of ripping and sawdust.

Critical issue as always is front end prep, which in this case is an accurate strongback. Other thing is that there is a lot of hand fitting of complex angles such that you need to really know something about how to plane wood.
Buffalobob,

I don't know if you had a chance to view the Van Dam boat video, but fabricating the strips they used to make the hull was as you said, very complex with lots of hand planing involved. In the boat featured they used 1,000 board feet of wood on the boat. Much of the wood was fairly exotic, so I can only imagine what this boat cost. The host of the show said the trailer cost more than his boat. They almost lost the boat as one of the welds on the trailer broke.

The boat is called Semper Avanti. The two brothers who own the boat came up with the name independently at different times. Apparently their Father was in the 10th mnt division in WWII and that was their motto. Nice final touch to a story about a beautiful boat.
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Old 06-13-2011, 12:05   #9
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This is a 18 ft wood stripper I built before my daughter was born (she's in the canoe) It is made from red cedar and redwood strips I ripped and mahogany seats. The hull is edge glued strips with fiberglass inside and outside.
Excellent job, I'm in the process of building a 'carioca' from GlenL plans, cost of wood, (mahogany is shockingly expensive here) and the epoxy is holding me back at the moment but getting there.

I've just put a new floor in my speedboat and glassed it in, regretting using 9mm ply now because it feels a bit flimsy. I'm hoping another couple of layers of fibreglass will stiffen it up and i won't have to cut it out and start again. I wanted to keep the weight down but I don't want to go through the bottom either, I should have used 3/4 inch but as they say hindsights 20 20.

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