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Kurt_Loup
04-24-2011, 12:26 AM
I bought the plans for the boat a few years ago. I'm surprised it has taken me this long to get started. This one will have a square stern so that I can mount a trolling motor or small outboard and load up the kids. I ripped the strips yesterday and milled the beads and coves on the edges of the strips today. Glad that is over as it took many monotonous hours working alone. Tonight, I picked up two sheets of 3/4" sheathing plywood for the forms that give the boat its shape during construction.

I had a pile of sawdust after ripping the strips.
http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/8e3bfdd3.jpg

This is my router set up for milling the beads and coves.
http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/f1ab7ce6.jpg

The end result.
http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/f2d0b834.jpg

TidewateR
04-24-2011, 02:26 AM
looks like you have your work cut out for ya!


-looking forward to the build..you never disappoint

Cajun_Caster
04-24-2011, 05:02 AM
Always love watching your projects come together, Kurt. Please keep us posted with updates. Wish I could do that but I have neither the talent nor the patience to build one of those.

Yak-a-Lou
04-24-2011, 07:00 AM
Make sure to finish it with a drool-proof coating. Keep in mind how droll has stained your previous works of art. :)

swamppro
04-24-2011, 08:03 AM
Can't wait to follow the process!!!

Kurt_Loup
04-24-2011, 08:18 AM
Right now, I'm planning to finish it like the boat below. I'm aiming for a vintage look. We'll see. By the time I get to the point in the build where I'll have to add the fake ribs, I may not feel like doing it. I have an idea how to do it, but I don't know if it will work. The canoe below has fake ribs like I may add. The ribs are strictly cosmetic. Question is, will I have to dress like that?

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/Red.jpg

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/5439.jpg

tefishmaster
04-24-2011, 08:27 AM
Always love watching your projects come together, Kurt. Please keep us posted with updates. Wish I could do that but I have neither the talent nor the patience to build one of those.

+100 :buttrock: I Love to watch what you build..... I also have No talent but for sure don't have the Patience. :buttrock: If you need a motor when you get finished PM me I have a old 4.5 Merc we could maybe work out something

Kurt_Loup
04-24-2011, 08:35 AM
If you need a motor when you get finished PM me I have a old 4.5 Merc we could maybe work out something

PM sent

tugowar
04-24-2011, 08:38 AM
...Question is, will I have to dress like that?
Only wear that brigandine-esque jacket if you build a knarr or faering. :tongue:

Domo
04-24-2011, 08:47 AM
I would love to build a boat like that for my '47 Western Auto Wizard 7hp. I'll make it happen one day.

pistol
04-24-2011, 08:58 AM
Kurt what power tools are you missing in your work shop? You should really set up a camera in the corner and video everything you build. You do reallly good work.

teknickcull
04-24-2011, 09:19 AM
I'm looking forward to following this as well. as soon as i finish my current pirogue build i really want to do a strip-built kayak, but have never done a strip-built boat. I can't wait to see your boat come together.

Kurt_Loup
04-24-2011, 10:09 AM
I would love to build a boat like that for my '47 Western Auto Wizard 7hp. I'll make it happen one day.

Do it. The hardest part is getting started. When I built my first canoe, all I had was a Craftsman contractor saw and a borrowed router. I built it outside under a carport.

Kurt_Loup
04-24-2011, 10:19 AM
I'm looking forward to following this as well. as soon as i finish my current pirogue build i really want to do a strip-built kayak, but have never done a strip-built boat. I can't wait to see your boat come together.

You can do it. If you want to start off with a hybrid, I have full size patterns/templates for the hull of a Cormorant. The hull panels can be routed in an hour or two. The whole boat is designed to be ply construction, but I made up forms for the deck. The rear deck is flat. The bow starts nearly flat. I increased the radius at each foot by a uniform amount and it came out looking fine. This will be the easiest way to start if you don't want to go with a full stripper.

http://www.loup-garou.net/sitebuilder/images/feb_1_hull_bottom_panels-174x232.jpg

http://www.loup-garou.net/sitebuilder/images/feb_2_hull_taped_side_view-232x174.jpg

http://www.loup-garou.net/sitebuilder/images/finishedviewtoprear2-438x329.jpg

derrelt
04-24-2011, 11:44 AM
Kurt, you do some very nice work. I got all the tools just not enough time.

Kurt_Loup
04-24-2011, 08:00 PM
I cut out a few forms this afternoon. I thought I had more photocopies of the plans, but I will have to go have more made before I can finish the forms. I also added two more layers of 4 oz. fiberglass cloth to the inside of the transom. It will be easier to do now before I start construction.

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/ab4fdb05.jpg

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/c4786cdb.jpg

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/c2278953.jpg

ijuswannafish
04-24-2011, 09:07 PM
All I can say every time I see your work is WOW!

swamppro
04-24-2011, 09:13 PM
I would throw up the first time I hit oysters.

swamppro mobilized!!!!

downoffthemountain
04-24-2011, 10:51 PM
Well said, Swamp Pro. Kurt, you keep us all motivated.

Kurt_Loup
04-26-2011, 09:28 PM
I finished cutting out the forms tonight. Next step is to mount them to the strongback. That will likely take me a few hours. It is tedious to get everything aligned. One plus is the boat has no rocker. It should be easier to align the keel along a string line without having to measure an offset. The photo should give an idea of the shape of the hull, but the forms will be spaced 2' apart. My workbench is 6.5' wide and the boat will be 16'.

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/1bcbbd23.jpg

teknickcull
04-26-2011, 09:57 PM
awesome! I'll be watching this one.

Kurt_Loup
04-26-2011, 10:25 PM
Thanks. If I get the forms mounted this weekend, I may start construction. Hopefully, the project won't take me longer than a couple months.

Kurt_Loup
05-01-2011, 08:50 PM
I got the forms mounted to the strongback around noon today. Yesterday, I started mounting the forms keel up on the strongback. I wanted to build the boat keel up like all the other boats I have built, but was having trouble getting the forms aligned. The designer built the boat keel down and his instructions for aligning the forms are described that way. This morning, I decided to strip the forms I had mounted keel up and start over with the keel down. It was much easier to align them that way. The only problem is the boat will have to be flipped at some point so that the bottom can be stripped. If you strip with the keel up, you can strip the complete hull without the need to remove the forms from the strongback. So far, I have 6 strips on one side and 4 on the other. I am already worried that I did not mill enough strips. I barely have enough room to squeeze around the bow to work on the opposite side.

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/cb2af4af.jpg

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/0eece4f7.jpg

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/33f7228e.jpg

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/0fe71567.jpg

teknickcull
05-01-2011, 09:37 PM
lookin' good

ijuswannafish
05-01-2011, 10:36 PM
lookin' good

+1

derrelt
05-02-2011, 05:44 AM
Kurt, the canoe is starting to take shape and looking good. Is that a collection of antique planes and other tools in the back ground?

Kurt_Loup
05-02-2011, 06:14 AM
Kurt, the canoe is starting to take shape and looking good. Is that a collection of antique planes and other tools in the back ground?

Thanks. Those are my Stanley handplanes and spoke shaves.

derrelt
05-02-2011, 07:46 AM
Do you have a #1 or #2 you might want to part with? I have been looking for both at a reasonable price for a while now.

Kurt_Loup
05-02-2011, 12:43 PM
Do you have a #1 or #2 you might want to part with? I have been looking for both at a reasonable price for a while now.

Ha. I'm still waiting for a $5 antique store/garage sale find. I came across a Sargent 2 a few years ago, but I passed for $100.

derrelt
05-02-2011, 07:19 PM
I know what you mean. Best deal I have gotten was a early Stanley Bed Rock(round side) 607 1/2 c for $10 at a flee market in Pensacola a few years ago.

Do you collect or just have a few? Darn INTERNET has caused all the prices to go up til it is hard to find a deal anymore.

Kurt_Loup
05-02-2011, 08:21 PM
Didn't know there was a 7 1/2, Bedrock or standard. From left to right are 8, 7, 6, 5 1/2, 5, 5 1/4, 4 1/2, 4, and 3. I still have room for the 1 and 2. I know where there is a rabbet bench plane (#12 I think) in town for $145. Too much. I have a few scrapers and numerous block planes. I guess you could call me a collector, but I don't buy anything I don't use. Most were purchase at antique stores over the years, but a few were purchased on eBay. I probably have more chisels than anything. Love my Stanley 750 chisels. I could get them for $5 before Lie Nielsen started copying them.

derrelt
05-02-2011, 10:23 PM
I have been collection for about 20 years. I have a lot of wood molding planes and I use some of them. It is easier to use a good sharp tuned plane than set up a router unless you have a lot to do. I have around 50 Stanley planes. A "55", 2 "45"s, and a bunch of other specialty planes. Almost a set of bench planes and a few blocks also. I am trying to put together a set of coopers tools now. Have been looking for a couple of years and have most of the ones I am looking for. In the last few years I have gotten much more selective than I use to be. It has to be a good deal on a nice piece before I will pull the trigger now. Don't really need any more but I want a lot, just don't have the funds to ge them.

Kurt_Loup
05-05-2011, 06:11 AM
I'm up to 12 strips per side. I'll only be able to add a few more before the boat will need to be flipped.

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/ae0be1f6.jpg

swamppro
05-05-2011, 06:45 AM
Looking good!!!!

teknickcull
05-05-2011, 08:29 AM
beautiful

derrelt
05-05-2011, 08:50 AM
Kurt, that is really impressive.

Are you having to steam them or are they thin enough to make the curves with out it? Looks like I see some joints on the side, what kind of joint are you using to join them?

Kurt_Loup
05-05-2011, 09:59 PM
No need to steam. The strips are 1/4" thick x 7/8" wide (prior to milling the bead and cove). The bead and cove helps align the strips and makes a tight joint. I added two more strips per side tonight. The strips required clamps on the first three forms in the bow to keep them tight against the forms. The twist and bend is starting to get tougher to keep in place. In the picture above, the strips look like they are running straight in the bow, but actually they are twisting toward the chine and up towards the bow. It is bending in tow planes. I will likely have to add a few tapered strips in the bow to reduce the bend in the strips. I may not add any additional strips until the boat is flipped.

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/d5c7d5ee.jpg

downoffthemountain
05-08-2011, 03:28 PM
Continually impressive!

Kurt_Loup
05-08-2011, 04:19 PM
Thanks. I coerced my neighbors into helping me flip the boat over yesterday. I added 4 more strips per side once flipped. Now I need to locate some more redwood in Baton Rouge. I'm likely at a stand still until I make a few calls tomorrow. Anyone know of a source?

Kurt_Loup
05-10-2011, 07:53 PM
I'm up to 19 strips now per side. I have only been able to add one per day since yesterday. The strips have to make a 90 degree turn from the bow to the bottom of the boat, not to mention the bend that follows the sheer. I have to clamp the strips in addition to the staples to keep it in place until the glue dries.

I have 15 strips of redwood left without milling the one 2x6 that I saved. If I can get all of the bow covered, I will be happy. I will likely be a couple strips short without milling the extra board however. If I can't cover the sides of the bow, the stripping will look dumb if I have to switch to a different wood.

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/8b829525.jpg

pistol
05-10-2011, 09:04 PM
If I can't cover the sides of the bow, the stripping will look dumb if I have to switch to a different wood.

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/8b829525.jpg[/QUOTE]
only to you, no one else will know. i dont care if you have to use particle board to finish that boat is awesome

Kurt_Loup
05-10-2011, 09:56 PM
Maybe so, but it will irritate me every time I look at it.

derrelt
05-10-2011, 10:06 PM
Kirk, I can ck a couple of places in NO if you want.

Kurt_Loup
05-11-2011, 06:09 AM
Thanks. I'll let you know. As long as I get the bow covered, I will be fine. I'll switch to cypress at that point. Even if I find redwood, there is no guarantee it will match the salvaged wood I am using. A lot of it is darkened from weathering.

derrelt
05-11-2011, 09:14 AM
Have you tried Arcadian Cypress? They may have some old stuff.

Kurt_Loup
05-12-2011, 09:45 PM
I haven't called around yet. I have enough strips for two more rows, not counting the extra 2x6 I have. I'll have to cut up the 2x6 so that I can finish stripping the bow. I'll switch to cypress to fill in the bottom.

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/5eed2f98.jpg

Kurt_Loup
05-14-2011, 10:41 PM
Switched to cypress for the home stretch.

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/1757c9af.jpg

derrelt
05-14-2011, 10:48 PM
Looking good, Dude.

Cajun_Caster
05-15-2011, 07:33 AM
Coming along nicely, Kurt.

Kurt_Loup
05-15-2011, 09:02 PM
I have about 5 strips left. Once that is finished, I will start laminating the bow stem.

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/31934fef.jpg

ijuswannafish
05-15-2011, 09:12 PM
That is beautiful work Kurt.

Just wondering what happens to all the staples when you are done stripping it?

Kurt_Loup
05-15-2011, 10:03 PM
Thanks. After I laminate the bow stem, I'll pull the staples and sand the exterior. I used almost two boxes of 1250 staples, so I have gone through at least 2000 staples. I've pulled some of the ones between the forms already as they do nothing once the glue dries. Fiberglass and epoxy will be applied after sanding.

Kurt_Loup
05-24-2011, 09:38 PM
I started shaping the bow stem tonight. I used a drawknife to remove as much as I could before I switched to a spokeshave. The last picture is where I stopped. I didn't touch the section that runs along the keel very much. I worked up a pretty good sweat. So much for the cool weather. Once I finish shaping the stem, I'll sand the hull.

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/ec955775.jpg

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/a9b547b8.jpg

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/cb0b3744.jpg

Kurt_Loup
05-30-2011, 12:16 PM
I added the 3rd layer of fiberglass to the transom this morning. I would have fiberglassed the hull this weekend had the fiberglass and epoxy I ordered last week been delivered. I should finish the exterior of the boat by next weekend. Sanding the inside is the worst part of the build. Not looking forward to that.

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/ed3b5f81.jpg

Kurt_Loup
06-06-2011, 09:06 PM
Over the weekend, I added 4 layers of fiberglass to the hull. Tonight, I added a coat of epoxy to fill the weave of the cloth. I'll add another coat or two before calling it quits on the exterior of the hull. I'll pull it off the forms this coming weekend. Sanding the inside is the worst part of the project, but fiberglassing the inside is the easiest.

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/fdfcb1cc.jpg

tefishmaster
06-06-2011, 09:14 PM
It looks Real Good !! :buttrock: You are a craftsman !!

Kurt_Loup
06-06-2011, 09:20 PM
Thanks. Hopefully, it will perform like I want.

yak-aholic
06-06-2011, 09:26 PM
I had lost track of this for a while Kurt. It is definitely coming along nicely. I'd love to be able to do something like this. I just don't have the time, patience, money, tools, knowlege or space to even consider it at this point.

derrelt
06-06-2011, 09:32 PM
Kurt, the cypress looks good on the bottom. Makes it stand out and gives it a design element.

Kurt_Loup
06-06-2011, 09:49 PM
Kurt, the cypress looks good on the bottom. Makes it stand out and gives it a design element.

Man, I haven't made up my mind about the cypress. I guess my problem is it is there because I ran out of redwood. If I knew that I was going to run out of redwood, I would have incorporated the cypress into a better design like on my other boats. I planned to paint the exterior hull, but I'm liking how the redwood came out. Since I was going to paint, I didn't pay too much attention to the bow stem. That kind of bothers me too.

derrelt
06-06-2011, 10:09 PM
Just my opinion but I like the contrast. Makes the redwood show real nice. My 2 cents worth. I have been busy building kitchen cabinets. One day(when I retire) I want to build a mahogany boat.

valvguy1
06-06-2011, 11:11 PM
Man, I haven't made up my mind about the cypress. I guess my problem is it is there because I ran out of redwood. If I knew that I was going to run out of redwood, I would have incorporated the cypress into a better design like on my other boats. I planned to paint the exterior hull, but I'm liking how the redwood came out. Since I was going to paint, I didn't pay too much attention to the bow stem. That kind of bothers me too.

Yeah Kurt,

It's a real piece of crap. Tell ya what.... when your done with it....... just bring it over here. I'll get the catastrophe out of your shop for ya! Better luck with your next project. If it turns out as bad as this one...... I'll take it too.

Kurt_Loup
06-08-2011, 09:06 PM
It's starting to look like a boat. Next up is sanding the interior.

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/1f505c30.jpg

tefishmaster
06-08-2011, 09:09 PM
What are your plans when you get finished with it ?? It really looks good !!

swamppro
06-08-2011, 09:30 PM
Beautiful Kurt. I bet it would be perfect to dump a pot of crawfish in at parties. All jokes aside you are gifted!!

sent from my iPhone killing Droid

valvguy1
06-08-2011, 09:32 PM
What are your plans when you get finished with it ?? It really looks good !!Come on Tommy. Weren't you listening. He's going to bring it to my house. I'll let you come see it if you call first and make an appointment.

Kurt_Loup
06-08-2011, 09:38 PM
Thanks. I plan to load junior in the front and fish the same locations I usually fish in my canoe. I'll either use an outboard or trolling motor so I don't have to paddle the two of us around. The boat is designed to be rowed, but I don't plan to add oar locks. Supposedly, it doesn't paddle too bad. I don't think I want to paddle it any distance. I have a push pole I plan to use for shallow water. I need it to be light enough to load on my truck rack. I don't want to have to worry about a trailer. The family is making a trip to Cape San Blas in October. I definitely want to bring it along for that trip.

yak-aholic
06-08-2011, 11:18 PM
Have you decided yet if you're going to put the ribs in or not?

Kingfish
06-09-2011, 08:30 AM
That's beautiful work Kurt.

Do you have a group shot of all of your wood boats together? How many is this now?

bigredbobber
06-09-2011, 08:55 AM
Man, I haven't made up my mind about the cypress. I guess my problem is it is there because I ran out of redwood. If I knew that I was going to run out of redwood, I would have incorporated the cypress into a better design like on my other boats. I planned to paint the exterior hull, but I'm liking how the redwood came out. Since I was going to paint, I didn't pay too much attention to the bow stem. That kind of bothers me too.

Building boats must be a little like rod building. All the builder sees are the flaws and all the other people see is the work of art you created. All artists, yourself included, feel that way, hindsight and all. Like the others, I only see a work of art, man. Best part is watching that sleeping redwood color wake up and turn deep and shiny with the epoxy coating. How could you paint over that? Wood is so much more pleasing to the eye. Just my 2 cents.

For a newbie at shipwrighting, what is the hardest part to learn how to do? And is there any boat style you recommend for beginners? I'm thinking a simple pirogue might be a good place to start.

teknickcull
06-09-2011, 09:59 AM
Looks beautiful! Watching this thread has encouraged me to finish my pirogue project that has been neglected since I moved last year. It is getting really close now - I'll post some pics soon, but this build puts my plywood pirogue to shame!

@brb:

is there any boat style you recommend for beginners? I'm thinking a simple pirogue might be a good place to start.

I would definitely start with a simple pirogue - it has been such a fun project and it really teaches you the basics. I bought plans online, but once I got a few key pieces cut (the stems & ribs), i never really had to look at the plans again. Once you get to a certain point with the plywood pirogue, the project is self-explanatory. PM me for more info and/or encouragement. Building boats seems to be just as addictive as fishing out of them though - I'm already planning my next build...


For a newbie at shipwrighting, what is the hardest part to learn how to do?

The hardest thing for me on the pirogue build was the scarf joints. they are not absolutely necessary, but they make the two 8ft sections of plywood look like a seamless 16ft piece without using any other reinforcement (besides the fiberglass that encapsulates the whole boat). I had never done scarf joints before and it pretty much took me an entire day to do the three joints that I needed for my boat. I made a sanding board and did them by hand as I was afraid that my power sander would make it uneven. It was worth it though, because you can run your hand the whole length of the boat on the inside and outside and not feel the joint.

Working with epoxy in the extreme heat can also be challenging before you get into a rhythm. Depending on the heat and what type of epoxy you are using, sometimes you'll mix up a cup and it will start hardening to the point where it is difficult to work with in a matter of 10 minutes. You get used to it though and adjust your workflow around that.

Hope I didn't hijack this too bad! The strip-built boat is looking awesome!

Kurt_Loup
06-09-2011, 05:09 PM
That's beautiful work Kurt.

Do you have a group shot of all of your wood boats together? How many is this now?

Thanks.

#1 from 1998

http://www.loup-garou.net/sitebuilder/images/canoe_in_marsh_2-562x434.jpg

#2 from 2002

http://www.loup-garou.net/sitebuilder/images/bungee_3-313x210.jpg

#3 was a sea kayak built in 2002. I'll have to look for a picture

#4 from 2002

http://www.loup-garou.net/sitebuilder/images/outerisland-650x207.jpg

#5 from 2003

http://www.loup-garou.net/sitebuilder/images/finishedviewtoprear2-438x329.jpg

#6 from 2003

http://www.loup-garou.net/May27quarterview.JPG

#7 from 2006

http://www.loup-garou.net/sitebuilder/images/up-600x451.jpg

I could build them faster before I had kids. #2, 5 and 7 were built for friends. #3 is my wife's kayak.

Kurt_Loup
06-09-2011, 05:12 PM
Have you decided yet if you're going to put the ribs in or not?

I will have to see if my idea on how to add them works out before I can decide. I will add two structural ribs for sure.

Kurt_Loup
06-09-2011, 05:20 PM
Building boats must be a little like rod building. All the builder sees are the flaws and all the other people see is the work of art you created. All artists, yourself included, feel that way, hindsight and all.

For a newbie at shipwrighting, what is the hardest part to learn how to do? And is there any boat style you recommend for beginners? I'm thinking a simple pirogue might be a good place to start.

You are right. Most people don't notice the flaws. Hardly anyone even notices the staple holes until you point them out to them.

Stitch and glue is the easiest method. Less sanding with that technique. Probably the hardest thing is using the minimum of epoxy when fiberglassing the boat so as to keep the weight down. I'd build the boat you want rather than making your decision based on what is the easiest boat to build. They are all easy to build. Stripping just takes longer. It is not harder. The materials will cost about the same regardless of technique.

Kurt_Loup
06-09-2011, 05:23 PM
Working with epoxy in the extreme heat can also be challenging before you get into a rhythm. Depending on the heat and what type of epoxy you are using, sometimes you'll mix up a cup and it will start hardening to the point where it is difficult to work with in a matter of 10 minutes. You get used to it though and adjust your workflow around that.

I'm using US Composites epoxy. No problem at all with the epoxy starting to kick. I mix up a good bit at one time too. This epoxy would take a long time to dry at lower temps. Perfect for the weather we have been having.

teknickcull
06-09-2011, 05:29 PM
I'm using US Composites epoxy. No problem at all with the epoxy starting to kick. I mix up a good bit at one time too. This epoxy would take a long time to dry at lower temps. Perfect for the weather we have been having.

thanks for the tip. i'm using RAKA and it worked great during the winter, but with the temps we've been having it starts to kick off pretty quick - i can feel the cup getting hot in my hand.

Kurt_Loup
06-09-2011, 06:39 PM
I've used Raka the most. I'd use it again for lower temps. US Composites is the cheapest I have found for epoxy and fiberglass.

Musicdoc
06-09-2011, 10:07 PM
I built a pirogue years ago and someone stole it. It took a little piece of me with it. I wasn't half a pretty as yours but it was mine. Looking at your work makes me think about building one again.

Kurt_Loup
06-28-2011, 08:18 PM
Can't have too many clamps. My progress has been slow since I went out of town the last two weekends, but I epoxied the outer gunwales to the boat tonight. Tomorrow night I'll try to start fitting the inner gunwales. The tumblehome in the stern makes it tricky to get the gunwales to fit perpendicular to the sheer line. I have to make a 3.5' long tapering bevel on the inside that fits against the hull. The bevel ends up being around 45* at the stern.

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/9490d92e.jpg

Branch_Office
06-28-2011, 08:24 PM
You make is sound hard....you are still the man!

Kurt_Loup
06-28-2011, 08:44 PM
That has been the most complicated joinery so far. Nothing a bit of thickened epoxy can't fix.

Fester
07-16-2011, 07:52 AM
Man that is one sweet looking boat. I cant wait to see the completed pictures.

Kurt_Loup
07-16-2011, 10:03 AM
Thanks. I want to take it out tomorrow to determine the seat locations. That's the one thing left to do other than cosmetics and rigging.

Fester
07-16-2011, 11:21 PM
Cool.

Kurt_Loup
07-25-2011, 06:53 PM
I'm calling it 90% finished. I still haven't taken it out yet. I've submitted the paperwork to get it registered and I'm waiting for the inspection so that I can obtain registration numbers. Since it hasn't seen water, I decided to go ahead and mount the seats. I moved the rear seat a bit forward of the stock location and the front seat a bit back. A few things remain to be done. I need to make the detachable anchor lock for the bow, add a bow line, mount cleats in the stern and work on some cosmetic issues. The rain/high humidity hasn't been conducive to a good varnish finish. Once I spend some time in it, I may add rod holders and who knows what else. I want to try out a trolling motor mounted just behind the front thwart. If it tracks straight, I will add a small block of wood to the outside of the hull so that the trolling motor will mount properly. The person in the front seat will be able to operate the tm and it will raise up behind the front thwart.

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/edde4cc8.jpg

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/c9ed8884.jpg

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/bcfb1dec.jpg

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/c1655c1c.jpg

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/1e6a615b.jpg

yak-aholic
07-25-2011, 07:15 PM
WOW!!!

I wanna be like you when I grow up!

Really nice work Kurt. Hope to see it in person some time soon. Maybe you can pull the outboard off and fish it in the next Outcast.

Kurt_Loup
07-25-2011, 07:31 PM
Thanks. I had plans to make the last Outcast with my 7 year old son, but we couldn't make it at the last minute. He's the main reason I wanted to build a two man canoe. All my other boats are solos. There is no problem mounting a trolling motor on the stern in place of the outboard.

tefishmaster
07-25-2011, 08:34 PM
Looks Great

theoldcaster
07-25-2011, 08:54 PM
3 words. I love it

Yak-a-Lou
07-25-2011, 09:08 PM
I would hate to stick numbers on something so beautiful.
Maybe you can put them on a removable placard that only "looks" permanent.
(Shhhhhh... don't tell anyone I said that.)

Fester
07-26-2011, 07:04 AM
That looks awesome!

Musicdoc
07-26-2011, 08:03 AM
That's a beautiful boat, truly a work of art. It looks like so much time went into the planning, event up to the clamp with the bungie for the push pole. You must have the patience of Job. On a side note, I did learn something about canoes this weekend. It really sucks when you don't have two people in it. Got to have the weight in the front to help balance the thing out. When the wind picked up, it was nearly useless, and the front end acted like a sail. I think your motor will help get you around when the wind picks up.

teknickcull
07-26-2011, 09:37 AM
Great job! That thing is beautiful!

downoffthemountain
07-26-2011, 10:25 AM
Yak-a-lou, you are true man of honor, prioritizing that way.
Kurt, true artisan craftsmanship! Will we have the honor of seeing it in person at family day?

Kurt_Loup
07-26-2011, 06:41 PM
Thanks for the compliments. I can bring it to family day. I plan to make it.

Branch_Office
07-26-2011, 07:46 PM
I think a lot of us wold like to see it!

yak-aholic
07-26-2011, 09:08 PM
Bring some photos of the process for those who show up, but haven't had the privilege of following your build in this thread.

bigredbobber
07-27-2011, 12:28 PM
I think a lot of us wold like to see it!


+1. Excellent build. After seeing some of your other works of art, perfection is the only thing, i believe, you will stand for in your finished product.

derrelt
07-27-2011, 07:59 PM
Very nice, Kurt. One day I would like to get together so I can pick your brain on some of the processes to build one myself.

Kurt_Loup
07-31-2011, 01:15 PM
Here is a short clip from the maiden voyage.

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/th_ffae6ec4.jpg (http://s425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/?action=view&current=ffae6ec4.mp4)

Other than being a pain to load on my truck rack by myself, I don't have any complaints. I see a trailer in my future. I was able to paddle it from the rear seat with a kayak paddle. I don't think I'd want to go too far or paddle with anything other than minimal wind, but moving short distances won't be a problem. I didn't bring the push pole to try out. Standing won't be a problem. The boat is very stable. The kids were able to walk around. At the launch in shallow water, I stood with one leg in the boat and one leg over the side and the boat didn't feel like it would flip.

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/3fe7335d.jpg

The trim of the boat is not bad with just me and a 40 lbs. battery just behind the front thwart.

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/d0074674.jpg

In this photo, I have the trolling motor mounted on the transom and the battery behind the rear seat. If I were fishing, I'd have an ice chest, gear and anchor in front, so the trim isn't bad.

http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp336/kurtloup/Sport%20Boat/8be4ad88.jpg

bjuneau
08-01-2011, 02:08 PM
You are blessed with a true talent, you say it is easy work but projects like these take endless patience, skill, and devotion. regardless of the simplicity of the build, woodworking is woodworking. Sure it may be easy to throw something together that will float, but the craftsmanship and attention to detail is remarkable. I would love to see your work in person. Are you bringing it to family day?

Kurt_Loup
08-01-2011, 07:12 PM
Thanks man. I plan to bring it to Family Day. I'll have to leave around noon though. I have two family parties to attend that afternoon.

Kurt

jonalford
08-01-2011, 08:01 PM
man that is nice