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: boat building update

04-11-2003, 03:34 PM
Progress on the "Lucky Skunk" has been next to nothing since the idea took root in late December but it is about to hit overdrive. The delay has been due to finding the right wood for the job. To get the best deal we had to order the vertical grain douglas fir from British Columbia and from the time it took them to get it to us I'm thinking they had to plant the trees first.:) Well we picked the 1200 pounds of wood up on Monday and the first cuts were made last night. More cuts to be made tonight and with any luck we will have created a roughly boat like skeleton in my fiance's back yard by the end of the weekend. The 220hp mercruiser is waiting for us at a loading dock in RI and the only non-electronic major purchase we have left is the outdrive and gimbal. If anyone out there has built a boat we'd love to hear your experiences.

John Desjardins
04-11-2003, 04:06 PM
"Fiances backyard" Congratulations.

I'll be watching for more updates on the boat building with great interest. I've got plans for a canoe that I've carried around for more years than I care to admit, and have sketches for a yak that I'm real tempted to tackle when it gets warm out.

Measure twice, cut once.

04-11-2003, 04:19 PM
Thanks on the congrats!

Measure twice cut once! Excellent advice. We made that mistake on a temporary side frame member but luckily it was on standard 2x6 from home depot - about a .80 cent mistake. I hope they are all that small!

04-11-2003, 05:15 PM
good luck on the boat. It is a lot of fun.
I am in the beginning stage of building an OD 16. Double your planned time to build.

04-11-2003, 05:45 PM
with any luck we will have created a roughly boat like skeleton in my fiance's back yard

Hey man - congrat's!

I would love to see your project or help if needed. Like longrod and John I have been a fan of as well as "Messing About In Boats" for years. I think in a few years I will attempt something big like you.

Best of luck & congratulations again!


John Desjardins
04-14-2003, 12:22 PM
On top of the measure twice & cut once advice, please be safe. Having seen the aftermath of a neighbor accidentally nailing himself to a roof last night I'd hate to hear of an accident.

04-14-2003, 03:32 PM
(overheard from the French carpenter)

"...sacrement', I cu' de Goddam t'ing t'ree time, an' she' still too shor' "

Don't forget - if it doesn't fit, use a bigger hammer :whoa:

04-15-2003, 12:23 PM
Merci Monsieur Feeeeex :hehe:

John Desjardins
04-15-2003, 12:37 PM
As one who's a couple of generations removed from his Quebec roots, I have a pretty good idea of what was left out of that quote. :whoa: :whoa: I might have passed french if I'd been taught that. :hehe:

04-15-2003, 02:27 PM
M'Sieur Sharpe' - the French Carpentier, he was my Grandpere, no? :whoa:

JD - be glad you never had to work with Canuck framers & finish men - although you'd never forget it! :eyecrazy:

Hawkeye - sometime, from de differen' angle' you look a' de bateau, de wood, she fit better dat way ;)

04-15-2003, 02:32 PM
"Dat ear's not my one, mine has de pencil behin' it"

John Desjardins
04-15-2003, 02:46 PM
Dave, I did for a day a long time ago and I do remember. One of us, ok I was blamed, placed the studs on the wrong side of the line on the sill and it wasn't noticed until the sheathing went on. :tsk_tsk: That was the end of a carpentry career.

04-15-2003, 02:59 PM
"Nex' time you come by my house, you go h'aroun"

"t'row me downstairs my hat, me"