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Old 05-31-2020, 02:34 PM   #1
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Hey Y'all, Last July I had this great idea to build me a flats skiff. We just returned from a trip to the coast where I used a kayak for fishing. Had a great time but with a shoulder injury there were times that I just couldn't paddle hard enough to keep up with the current! I decided to start researching the idea of putting a pedal drive on my kayak but dang those are expensive so I then toyed with the idea of using an electric motor. Then it occurred to me that I was going to spend a lot of money and still have a wet arse sitting in a kayak.
I thought about buying a boat or remodeling an old boat. I settled on remodeling! I found a small sail boat with just the right size and shape deck for what I had in mind.
Now I needed to learn how to fiberglass! I turned to Youtube! I watched many videos on stitch and glue boat builds, I found websites that sell plans for any kind of boat you could want and even found a video about re-purposing a small sail boat!
Then on August 6 2019 I had surgery on my shoulder to repair a torn rotor cuff.
A week Later I found a second hand 8 HP 4 stroke Evinrude in East Texas. I needed this motor for when my skiff is completed. With my right arm in a sling my wife accompanied me to pick up the motor. We arrived at the right address for the outboard and when the guy answered the door, he was also wearing a sling on his right arm and told me that he had just had surgery to repair a torn rotor cuff! Had to be fate. Y'all should have seen our wives picking up this 100 lb motor and 2 one armed guys trying to help load it in the back of the pickup!
Back to the boat. Here is a picture of the small sail boat that I was going to turn into my flats skiff.
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Old 05-31-2020, 02:37 PM   #2
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Alright I'm going to let Y'all in on a secret. Today I finished this boat and put it in the water for sea trials. I still need to get a title and register the boat.
Anyway, this thread is going to go fairly quickly!
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Old 05-31-2020, 02:48 PM   #3
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Here I have removed the sail boat hull. I'm going to build a new hull and modify the existing deck to suit my needs.
As you can see I have built a temporary shelter for this project. My wonderful wife has been helping but honestly I am doing most of the work with just my left hand.
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Old 05-31-2020, 02:56 PM   #4
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Here I am scarfing together 1/4" marine plywood for the sides of the hull and the next picture they are installed with the transom which is 4 pieces of 1/4" laminated together for a combined thickness of 1 1/4".
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Old 05-31-2020, 03:07 PM   #5
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Here I am scarfing the bottom panels together and installing. You can see some temporary braces in the hull.
I didn't realize until later that I used way too many zip ties!
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Old 05-31-2020, 06:39 PM   #6
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I'm using an epoxy paste to glue between the zip ties then after removing the ties filling in the rest and filling the holes. Then adding a strip of glass on the seams.
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Old 05-31-2020, 06:51 PM   #7
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After flipping it over and studying the deck I realize that modifying the sail boat deck is going to be more difficult than just building a new deck the way I want it. So I ditch the deck and start fiber glassing the interior.
Adding stringers, bulk heads and rub rails.
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Old 05-31-2020, 06:52 PM   #8
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Oops!
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Old 05-31-2020, 07:00 PM   #9
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Old 05-31-2020, 07:31 PM   #10
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Completing exterior fiberglass, adding strakes and fairing and primer.
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Old 05-31-2020, 07:57 PM   #11
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You have some good skills. Looking great!!
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Old 05-31-2020, 08:10 PM   #12
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Looking good!


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Old 05-31-2020, 08:32 PM   #13
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Looks great. I had looked into this as I had seen some of the solo skiffs and others. Looked at the force 5 and a Laser. I just decided I don't have the time to make it happen. Too many other projects.
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Old 06-01-2020, 09:52 AM   #14
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Painting the hull


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Old 06-01-2020, 02:36 PM   #15
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Glassing stringers and bulk heads.
Adding support for deck and installing conduit.
Adding foam under main deck and around the fuel tank. Main deck.


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Old 06-01-2020, 03:03 PM   #16
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Wow, pretty dang cool!
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Old 06-01-2020, 06:35 PM   #17
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Lookin good!



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Old 06-01-2020, 08:06 PM   #18
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Installed front deck, back deck, gunnels and fiber glassed it all.
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Old 06-01-2020, 09:28 PM   #19
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Start on the console.
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Old 06-01-2020, 09:32 PM   #20
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More console
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Old 06-01-2020, 09:40 PM   #21
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This is awesome. You are very talented. Good work!
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Old 06-01-2020, 09:42 PM   #22
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Fairing, painting the top and touch up on hull. Install the console and hatches.
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Old 06-01-2020, 09:49 PM   #23
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Finished the wiring, plumbing, installed the motor.
Sea trials!
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Old 06-01-2020, 09:54 PM   #24
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Wow!
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Old 06-01-2020, 10:12 PM   #25
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I like it! Well done sir.
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Old 06-01-2020, 11:46 PM   #26
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Well done! Look really good!
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Old 06-01-2020, 11:55 PM   #27
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Dang, that’s NICE
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Old 06-02-2020, 06:51 AM   #28
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WOW!!!!!!!! you are master...pretty good with camera Too...Thx for sharing
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Old 06-02-2020, 07:03 AM   #29
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Pretty awesome!
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Old 06-02-2020, 07:24 AM   #30
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Look at that.................
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Old 06-02-2020, 07:42 AM   #31
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I like that, good job.
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Old 06-02-2020, 08:32 AM   #32
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Very nice
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Old 06-02-2020, 09:15 AM   #33
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That is awesome, you do fine work.
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Old 06-02-2020, 09:19 AM   #34
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That is freaking awesome! Love it!
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Old 06-02-2020, 09:22 AM   #35
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Mad Skills you have!
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Old 06-02-2020, 09:29 AM   #36
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That is so freaking cool!
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Old 06-02-2020, 09:58 AM   #37
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That turned out great ... but I don't see any remnants of the sail boat that you started with.
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Old 06-02-2020, 10:57 AM   #38
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Very much impressed!!
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Old 06-02-2020, 11:14 AM   #39
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You have some special skills sir!
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Old 06-02-2020, 11:25 AM   #40
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Nothing better than a do-it-yourself boat. Mad skills, and a ton of respect here!
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Old 06-02-2020, 11:57 AM   #41
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That turned out great ... but I don't see any remnants of the sail boat that you started with.
The only thing left from the sail boat is a couple of stainless steel screws that I reused!

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Old 06-02-2020, 12:19 PM   #42
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Dude. Nice.
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Old 06-02-2020, 12:45 PM   #43
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Nice job Charlie!!
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Old 06-02-2020, 01:58 PM   #44
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Nice job Charlie!!
Thanks Danny!

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Old 06-02-2020, 02:09 PM   #45
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Amazing!
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Old 06-02-2020, 02:37 PM   #46
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Awesome work. Very impressive, sir.
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Old 06-02-2020, 04:13 PM   #47
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How awesome is that! Glass work looks awesome what kind of speed were you getting?


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Old 06-02-2020, 04:19 PM   #48
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awesome!
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Old 06-02-2020, 04:24 PM   #49
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Dang that is an awesome job on that boat.
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Old 06-02-2020, 04:38 PM   #50
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That's pretty awesome
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