MRB Blog

2021-06-10-0707

Aluminum is plywood

diy aluminum drift boat Kirk built this boat with the MRBoats Honky Dory plans--subsituting aluminum sheeting for plywood. Cool stuff. I need to buy a welder. Kirk used a mig welder.

2021-05-10-1403

Big Bugs -- are almost here

Salmon Flies

2021-05-08-1306

Latches

Locker lids that leak are the work of satan.

water proof latch A raised lip in the deck made from Trex decking material matched with a loosely fitting lid that has an EVA closed-cell foam gasket inside works nicely. If and only if the latch pulls DOWN on the lid as it latches. To do that you can make slanted latch-mounting blocks with Miratec Fascia board and/or more Trex decking material. Wood swells with moisture over time. No matter what. Miratec and Trex never swell. No matter what.

In this photo a ten year old Dayak is in the middle of a bit of maintenance. Locker lids now. Body work and paint job next.

2021-04-22-1355

Bulkheads Roughed In

bulkheads roughed in I haven't been in the shop much last two weeks. I finally got the bulkheads roughed in.

Nothing gets glued in this experimental boat. It all goes together with caulk and Torx screws so anything and everything can be replaced or remodelled. At any time.

Bulkheads help hold up the deck and in case of a puncture they limit water intrusion to one section of the boat only, so you can still row slowly home for repairs if you cave in the front end of the boat. Bulkheads aren't structural. Not mine anyway. So I'm using 3/8" rough sawn siding plywood--largely because it's light and because I had some.

The bulkheads will caulk and screw to wooden cleats on the inside sides, and to strips of Miratec fascia board glued to the (fiberglass) inside bottom. Miratec doesn't soak up moisture so it works well for non-structural cleats--that do get glued to the fiberglass boattom shoe. Older (move down)
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What you get for $30 dollars is a password

There are a lot public, free-for-all pages here at Montana Riverboats. What is for sale is a password granting access to blocks of HTML pages, diagrams, images and step-by-step instructions for building three different boats.

The only pages that do prompt for a password have the characters 'Ebook' or 'Diagrams' in the text of the link. The password protected pages are all in epub format, which means they look like like electronic book pages read in a Kindle, Barnes and Noble Mobi or Googe Playbooks ebook.

I used to sell real paper blueprints paried with a ring-bound manual. Others still do that, for prices ranging from $150 dollars and up, for only one boat at a time..

From Montana Riverboats you get a password for $30 dollars, granting online acccess to three different boats coming as five individual plan sets, if you count the bigger and smaller size options available for the Beavertail and the Honky Dory. There is even a fourth not-yet completed plan set (the Dayak) thrown in for free. Buy a password. Look things over.

Note too: The forum is a separate password. You have to create your own forum password by navigating to the forum and clicking the "Login or Register" button. The following is an example of a link that does prompt for a $30 dollar password:

(Honky Dory) Ebook-hd-15



Ask for a refund if you have buyer's remorse. I'm easy. I don't need a reason. Just a request. Good luck. Sandy.