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Texas Grown 01-30-2020 06:05 PM

Been quietly check-n in. :)

kevin nicholls 01-30-2020 07:50 PM

Looking good.

fish4food 01-30-2020 09:49 PM

Awesome Job Sir.

Glad you finally got this project going.

Maybe we can put some fish in it when you finish.

Brazos Hunter 01-31-2020 04:32 AM

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Originally Posted by fish4food (Post 14675528)
Awesome Job Sir.

Glad you finally got this project going.

Maybe we can put some fish in it when you finish.



Sounds like a plan to me.


Michael

Brazos Hunter 01-31-2020 03:34 PM

Made a good deal of progress today on “Skipjack”. I originally planned to just get the shop ready for assembly but when that was done by lunch, well I just could not wait.


Michael

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BlackHogDown 01-31-2020 03:40 PM

I'm diggin' this thread, sir. Keep the pics coming. Great work!

Brazos Hunter 02-02-2020 08:42 AM

If all goes as planned I will have a brother over Monday evening and we will put the transom in and the inner skeleton to really give it shape and support. Temperature wise, this weekend would have been the perfect time to get all that knocked out but we already had other plans.



Michael

Brazos Hunter 02-03-2020 06:29 PM

I didn’t work on the boat but 15 minutes this evening. When I got in from work I found the pup had a field day with our kitchen rug so I just popped out for a few to blow off some steam. I quickly decided it wasn’t a good idea to work on it upset so I stopped.

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Brazos Hunter 02-10-2020 11:28 AM

A little more progress today!

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BlackHogDown 02-10-2020 11:29 AM

Coming along nicely.

captainsling 02-10-2020 11:59 AM

On a build like this is there any mechanical fasteners holding it together, or is just the fiberglass that is placed over everything? I have seen this type of build with canoes and kayaks, but not a regular fishing skiff that would be subjected to pounding and the torque of an outboard on the transom.

Looks like a fun project!

Brazos Hunter 02-10-2020 06:36 PM

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Originally Posted by captainsling (Post 14694852)
On a build like this is there any mechanical fasteners holding it together, or is just the fiberglass that is placed over everything? I have seen this type of build with canoes and kayaks, but not a regular fishing skiff that would be subjected to pounding and the torque of an outboard on the transom.

Looks like a fun project!



Just fiberglass and resin over the structural (5 ply) 6mm marine plywood. The glass layup schedule is very specific.


Got it all ready to “glue” the seams between zip-ties! Tomorrow we will take care of that and fabricate a tent to keep the heat in for proper curing.

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Brazos Hunter 02-11-2020 10:24 AM

After lunch I will warm up the shop and spread thickened epoxy between the zip ties along all the seams in the bilge. Afterwards I will drape the boat with a tarp and a halogen light to keep it warm during the cure time. To thicken the epoxy I will add sawdust.

Michael

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TexasTealHunter 02-11-2020 10:35 AM

Very cool

Brazos Hunter 02-11-2020 02:00 PM

All seams have been epoxied! I then covered it with shipping cardboard, set an electric heater inside, and stuck a meat thermometer into a zip tie hole so I can monitor the temperature.

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hunterburch42 02-11-2020 05:01 PM

So you epoxy from inside out?


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Brazos Hunter 02-11-2020 07:15 PM

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So you epoxy from inside out?


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Yes. You start by “tacking” with thickened epoxy between the zip ties on the inside. After it cures, cut the zip ties and remove the stringers. Now, on the inside again, tape (strips of fiberglass) the seams and epoxy the entire bilge. I am using a slow cure epoxy so after I tape the seams I will reinstall the stringers. The tape I just put in will still be wet so I can get back in there and tape the stringers in place. I’ll let that cure a couple days then flip the boat over and start on the outside hull.


Michael

timoub007 02-11-2020 07:39 PM

A few words of caution.

Do not try to go too fast. You need to ensure the hull planing surface is in the correct orientation, what I mean is perfectly flat where it should be and correct/symmetrical angles where its not flat. This will be the only time to get it right. Since it does not look like you are building on a jig just take your time. Measure 10 times before mixing epoxy.
No hard angles either. Use smooth curves wherever possible.

Keep chipping away. Do a little everyday and you'll build a boat.

Tim

CoolArrow 02-11-2020 07:45 PM

Awesome. Good luck

Brazos Hunter 02-12-2020 03:29 AM

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Originally Posted by timoub007 (Post 14697664)
A few words of caution.

Do not try to go too fast. You need to ensure the hull planing surface is in the correct orientation, what I mean is perfectly flat where it should be and correct/symmetrical angles where its not flat. This will be the only time to get it right. Since it does not look like you are building on a jig just take your time. Measure 10 times before mixing epoxy.
No hard angles either. Use smooth curves wherever possible.

Keep chipping away. Do a little everyday and you'll build a boat.

Tim



Thank you but I did that earlier prior to applying thickened epoxy to the hull seams. There is no way to adjust anything now plus it is already “dress right dress”.

Michael

hunterburch42 02-12-2020 06:47 AM

Gotcha was wondering how you epoxied without the zip ties.


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Brazos Hunter 02-12-2020 08:58 AM

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Gotcha was wondering how you epoxied without the zip ties.


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Everything was filleted. Originally I was going to create more work on myself but I decided better. Will get another picture this afternoon that shows it all. Hopefully tomorrow I can remove the zip ties.


Michael

Brazos Hunter 02-12-2020 11:44 AM

I spread thickened epoxy along one edge only of the stringers and supports (fillets). After this cures real well I will flip the boat and start on the hull. After the hull is complete I will flip it back over and glass the bilge.

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Brazos Hunter 02-13-2020 11:47 AM

I’m cutting zip ties now. After lunch I will epoxy in a support block for the bow winch eyelet and glass the bilge. Pictures to follow this evening.


Michael

Brazos Hunter 02-13-2020 05:02 PM

I need to get another picture of after the final pass over what has been done removing any air bubbles and confirming saturation.


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Brazos Hunter 02-14-2020 12:08 PM

DIY flats skiff
 
This picture should make things look better.

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Texas Grown 02-14-2020 05:44 PM

Glass baby glass! :)

fish4food 02-14-2020 08:05 PM

Looking Good Sir!!!

Brazos Hunter 02-15-2020 04:23 AM

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Looking Good Sir!!!

As soon as I am finished I will give you a shout.

bboswell 02-16-2020 10:34 AM

This looks fun!

Mexico 02-16-2020 10:36 AM

Coming along!!

Brazos Hunter 02-16-2020 05:30 PM

Pulling 12 hour nights at work has not left me with much boat building time. This morning I mocked up a spray rail/gunnel idea I had and that was it.

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Brazos Hunter 02-17-2020 04:00 PM

Made a little progress today. I cut the bow deck out and it is fitted nicely with just a little Carolina flare. Tomorrow I plan to fabricate the hatch and will begin installing deck bracing.

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Bowyer 02-17-2020 08:44 PM

I like that!

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Brazos Hunter 02-18-2020 03:55 PM

I started on the hatch today and epoxied some braces in. If all goes well, I get to break out the router tomorrow.

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bigchiefj 02-19-2020 09:48 AM

It looks good!

The funny part about building a wood boat is all the clamps probably cost more than the wood. ;)

Brazos Hunter 02-19-2020 12:12 PM

Working on the hatch and deck today. I predrilled the cedar to prevent gouging the deck. Tomorrow I will route it out after the epoxy cures and screws are removed.

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Duckologist 02-19-2020 02:40 PM

Lookin good

Brazos Hunter 02-19-2020 04:12 PM

This afternoon I prepared the hatch/deck area with lots of support bracing so tomorrow the deck can go on and I can get back going on the hatch! Oh, I did install a couple tubes for horizontal rod storage. It will be tight but I can get one rod on each side.


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Texas Grown 02-19-2020 06:22 PM

This thing is looking great Michael! :)


(from someone who built, titled, and registered his fist boat; a wooden jon back in 1985)


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