Thursday, December 6, 2012

console and keel...

The console was cobbed together with 1/2" ply scraps and epoxy, then epoxied in place.   The keel I added after the fact, I needed to do this because the bottom was flexing...I simply ground the paint off and laminated two pieces of mahogany to the bottom the finished keel ended up about 1 7/8" x 3" ...helps tracking, beaching is less scary and rolling on and off the trailer is easier

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Winter Cab for Bolger Diablo

I always wanted to build a lift off cab for a small powerboat to extend the season.  I couldn't waste another Sunday watching football  (thank you Andy Reid) so I got started.  My idea was to make something light and easy to take off, completely enclosed with good solar gain and built using mostly scraps on hand.  The first cocktail napkin had a big hatch/companionway forward so I could stand at the helm and still run the boat.  The interior I designed for my Diablo lends itself to this as I had no middle seat, just a big "hold" and casting platform forward.   However, I soon realized it would be more complicated and difficult to make it watertight, back to the napkin....Once I mocked it up I really like the front door and I did away with the hatch. I used left over cypress siding strips from our house build and had to buy one sheet of 1/4" fir A/B plywood.  Not wanting to get sticky I built it conventional with wood glue cleats and screws...avoiding the epoxy.  I used hard plastic window material that the good canvas guys use for the clear bits, made a door hinge with a couple layers of white duct tape, and a back enclosure out of used Sunbrella from an old trawlers awning. 

The results are much better then I could have hoped for having only parted with a couple evenings, one Sunday and 50 bucks.

I have had it out on a sunny 40 degree day and even at 20kts its toasty, the side windows slide open for photo ops.  Two quick release latches hold it in place and its light enough I can lift it off easily by myself.

Saturdays looking nice I plan on making the 12 mile run to Chestertown farmers driving the minivan.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Good Looking Boats...

We splash and tested my boat, going to make a couple changes.  She needs the bottom stiffined a bit... I think we will add a 4/4" X 3" keelson.  This will help with tracking also...her bow likes to blow around when its windy.

...and what a "Shellfish Bastard" it is!

Heres Ricks boat "Shellfish Bastard" with a very nice paint job applied!  Hopefully we can get it rigged and in the water this week.
Looks like a glass boat fresh out of the mold!

Friday, August 24, 2012

One in the water..."Shellfish Bastard" getting painted...

Well I finally got back on it and got over the sanding and faring hurdle...I think you can build a Diablo in a few days but it takes me months to get the motivation to pick up a piece of sandpaper! 
I went with the utilitarian approach, I think Phil would approve...
I painted with Interlux Bilgecote cut with brushing primer right over the epoxy.  Priced at $23.00 per qrt.  I didn't have a problem shelling out 50 bucks for my paint job.  It came out pretty good, I want to use this boat so a yacht type finish would have been annoying.  Rick on the other hand is a finish guy! He faired and sanded his Diablo with gusto and will end up with a "Yacht" finish. (if he is ever satisfied enough to launch it! :)
Here I have dragged it out to flip it over. (never anyone around when theres lifting to be done)
At this point I have plenty of fitting out to do...cleats, wiring, seats etc...
But that can wait, I need to splash it!  I tossed the engine on and surprise-surprise after some fussing it runs!
Here you can see our console design...offset and the wheel height higher then normal to allow operation from center seat, right seat or standing, it also keeps the flat part of the floor open for easy moving around.
Rigging took another hour and I was ready for a seatrial....

 The maiden voyage went very well.  Here are my thoughts!
  • 10hp is fine 25hp is overkill so my 30hp is just right! 
  • I need to stiffen the bottom, gonna add a 1"x4" keelson (remember I changed the interior...If I where to build another I would do a 3/4" bottom panel)
  • Didn't add the chine strakes far see no reason too?
  • Everyone says how unstable this design is...BS! I have no problem walking around on the forward casting platform.  There is a feeling of initial instability but the form stability is amazing as you move outboard.
  • Great design! Easy build! You'll end up with a very practical boat!
More pics to come!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Rickety Boat Works

It all started when my neighbor (we'll call him Rick because his name is Rick)  said he always wanted to build a boat.  Thinking I knew what I was doing Rick asked me to show him the ropes... It had been such a long time since I had tortured some plywood, epoxy and glass together to float that the memories of sanding fiberglass had sunken to the deep part of my brain where I conveniently lose unpleasant thoughts..."what the hell Rick lets get started"...

Rick had been researching designs for months...Phil Bolgers Diablo kept coming up the winner.  As simple as a boat can be to build, good looking and with ridiculous reports of performance.  Next thing I knew Rick was rolling out all two and a half pages of Dynamite Paysons plans in front of me, we where off.  The original plan was to build one boat (last thing I need is another boat) a couple days later when we had Ricks boat stitched together I found myself driving home with a load of plywood. 

This boat goes together so quick theres no time to get discouraged!

After butting together the plywood and epoxying both sides with 4" wide 10oz cloth, lofting and cutting out the panels and bulkheads we where ready to assemble....
We simply added legs to the bulkheads at the height we wanted to work (when flipped)  temporarily screwed the three stations to the bottom panels along with the laminated plywood stem (not shown) and flipped over. 

  When it came time to assemble my boat Rick was out of town so I made a stand to hold the transom roughly in place as this was a two person job...

This shows the boat "stitched" and siting on the temp legs... the legs also double as "molds" so its best to add them right when you loft the "bulkheads" or this time you need to figure what height you want to work at.

 If you cut the panels out accurate there is no fuss stitching!  Dynamite Paysons numbers are spot on!
This picture shows the shop getting a little crowded... Ricks boat in the foreground has just been flipped and the mold/legs are still in place.  My boat in the background is getting ready to have the bottom pulled in and stitched.  The lumber laying across Ricks boat is left over cypress from my house that we will spliced and use for rails.
Here we see Rick taping the seams we used two layers of 10oz.  Rick decided he wanted a bright transom so he added 5/8" mahogany.  This shot also shows the liberty we took with Phil Bolgers design...we added a more conventional transom and removed a little bit of the rocker from the sheer aft.  Rick and I had different ideas for our interiors....Rick stayed a little closer to Phils vision then I did.
I stretched the boat by 6"...something that is easy to do and no additional ply is needed.  I also moved the middle station forward about a foot and made a low and large casting platform forward.  This gave me a large open cargo area in the middle of the boat. I carried gussets back from the platform to help add stiffness to the extra open area.

Rick and I both decided on a raised console offset to take advantage of the flat part of the floor.  This should be very servicable wether sitting centerline, sitting to starboard with two aboard or even standing.
The casting platform has a anchor locker forward and huge storage below. (here you can see Ricks boat in the background freshly painted...I'm falling behind)

Heres Ricks boat outside before the rails where installed to hose off the epoxy blush.

Thats it for now we'll post something new when it happens.