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2021-02-07-1301

Flash Gordon

Fly Tying instead of boat building today. It's zero. It's Super Bowl Sunday and I don't feel like heating up the shop. Bwo Jellystone Nymph

2021-01-30-0611

High Tech Design Process

Mock up a few seats with buckets, coolers and milk crates. Sit there. Work the oars. Close your eyes and imagine were everything goes.

Think a hundred times. Cut once or twice. Cut a third or fourth time if you have to. There is no mistake that cannot be fixed. Some mistakes can be a bit expensive. But they're still fixable. All of them.
Boat Design Process

2021-01-27-1312

Decking!

How do you deck a big white water dory? Most builders build a deck 4 to 6" inches down from the gunwale.
decking start
I'm going to build it so the deck spans from the top of one side panel over to the top of the other. The gunwale is an inwale only and invisible at that because it will be below the deck. I'll put long low U-shaped grab rails all the way around the edges so tuff can't roll off the boat. But water will. The top of most boats become a 100 gallon scoop that takes up too long to drain in adrenalin situations. A flush deck will drain almost instantly. I want to keep the passenger seating area as small as possible too. I'm hoping there is no need to build those so they can collect another 200 gallons of water for each big wave.

Beyond that everything next is up in the air. Not even squarely in my head just yet. I'm winging this one. From the water up.

The decking will all be removable. So among other things I can remodel everything as time goes by. To start I want three side-by-side passenger slots slightly forward of the middle, with the rower behind that. There will be no fourth passenger. Not unless I build an alternate deck. But that's doable because all of this will bolt down over a thick foam gasket. Permanent nothing is a design goal here. Everything removable, fixable and changeable. Including side panels and gunwales.

2021-01-22-1927

Ready for the deck

Gluelam gunwales installed today. Bulkheads and deck come next (this one is a white water boat--not a day trip fishing boat).
hull roughed in Older (move down)
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