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    Hugh mans thread introducing himself has got me wondering ,

    who here owns a boat, or builds boats , works on boats , ect?

    I work on boats , I work on the broken bits of boats( to fix), I build the occasional boat (5 sofar) , i have a few designs on the burner, I own a couple of boats.

    so its not too ot a topic yes i use most of my tools to make and repair parts on my and other boats , and if i ever get my foundry going will cast bits as well.

  • #2
    Well I own a fishing boat (aluminum).
    But I subscribe to Wooden Boat, and have always wanted to build some wooden boats.
    Like they say, "there's just something about messing around with a boat"!
    Lynn (Huntsville, AL)


    • #3
      so on the" practical it might happen soon"to do list-

      1 skin on frame greenland kayak
      2 traditional sailing dingy small enough for my daughter to grow into
      3 17 foot garvey

      the more impractical to do list-

      steam launch


      • #4
        I have a hole in the water in which to throw my money. 21' offshore aluminum boat and I have a small business making boat parts.


        • #5
          I piddle in a machine shop that fixes props. I say piddle because payment for my work is in kind. I sand, buff and weld props that have been straightened and tweaked. I work mostly with stainless props but we also do aluminum. I usually only go out once or twice a week. The man that does the work can make props that are worthless look like new.

          My payment is knowledge from helping the gentleman and access to the machines when I need it.


          • #6

            I built a Glen-L 14 when I was in high school. 14' plywood sloop.

            I raced Thistles (17' 3 person sloops) for years and years during/after college. Also worked for the builder for a summer. Laying up glass hulls, woodwork, repairs, hardware installation, etc...

            I owned and raced Flying Scots (19' 3 person sloop) for a couple years.

            I owned and raced Highlanders (20' 3 person sloop) for 10 years. Won a National Championship in '96 and crewed for my buddy when he won in '98.

            All three class boats were designed by Sandy Douglass.

            Now I just race about one regatta a year. Just beat the current Highlander National Champion and runner-up last weekend in our local regatta.
            Mike P
            1919 13" South Bend Lathe
            1942 Bridgeport M-head Mill


            • #7
              Steel boat??

              Taken this morning.



              • #8

                I too am a boat lover. I built a 26 ft Sharpy ketch in wood which lost a battle with a hurricane...then I built a 32 ft steel Tahiti ketch which I still sail around the Gulf the East and West coasts of Florida and the Bahamas. When you own a boat its nice to also own a machine shop. I started a steam boat project...engine ,boiler and feed pump complete but hurricane Katrina destroyed the engine and boiler along with my shop. On the other hand my new shop is almost complete.
                John R


                • #9
                  I built a 17 ft 'stripper' canoe awhile ago. The next wooden boat I want to build is a 14 ft drift boat.


                  • #10
                    As a former member of the US Coast Guard all I'm going to say is please have on hand or be wearing the proper flotation devices.

                    Cool stuff and very HSM.


                    • #11

                      Now here's a project for the ambitious....

                      Actually this is the remains of a 19th C. Asa Thompson skiff, of New Bedford MA. It's value rests solely in the original hardware for someone wanting to biuld a new one from available plans. (offered free to the determined... )


                      • #12


                        • #13
                          Years back I designed and built a small dingy with an inboard 3 1/2 horse engine. We used it for putting around on the fairly large lake where we built our cabin. It was all wood and plywood and worked out really well.

                          Since then I was involved with the local sea cadets and taught seamanship and sailing. I have an 18 foot aluminum Grumman canoe with a sloop rig that I designed and built. That also works well and was great for introducing the new cadets to sailing. For about six or seven years I was the official fixer of boats for the local cadet corps and had about 6 of them parked in my yard, including two 29ft whalers. The whalers are fiberglass and are a standard gaff rig training vessel for the cadets. They are almost impossible to capsize and are actually old converted lifeboats.

                          Every year we would have the annual 3 day outing to one of the larger lakes near here and it was my job for three days to try and keep everything in floating and functioning condition. This was a major challenge and I really had to think about what tools and supplies to bring. I would usually be busy all day long each day making repairs as the kids broke stuff in just about any way you can imagine.

                          It could be anything from running a whaler aground and bending the aluminum center board to launching one of the smaller sailboats without the drain plug in. That one nearly went to the bottom. A 14 foot sail boat with fiberglass hull sure does weigh a lot when the double hull is full of water.

                          Whenever I got caught up on the repairs I would take out the zodiac and do running transfers of the kids from one boat to another so they all got a turn without having to come back in to shore. In all it was a lot of fun but like a lot of volunteer activities you eventually get burned out with the demands on your time. I did quite a bit of shop work on the boats at my place including things like making new rudders of laminated oak and plywood for the whalers, stripping and repainting the trailers and many other repairs to the various boats.

                          The only boat I have now is my canoe. If we still lived on Vancouver Island you can bet I would have something and that is the one thing I miss the most. We used to live at a marina there and that was one of the nicest places we ever lived. I don't mind a bit the sound of the lines on the sailboats when they are slatting on the mast in a breeze. It's like music.
                          Last edited by Evan; 08-21-2006, 08:12 PM.
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                          • #14
                            Well, I guess our little store-bought polyethylene 9.5 foot kayaks aren't very impressive, but my wife & I sure enjoy our Sundays on the lake, paddling into one wind and drifting with another.


                            • #15
                              This is my hole in the water. It is cheep to operate it runs on steam and any wood can be fuel.

                              The hull is a liberty ship life boat. The engine was built from casting and I welded up the boiler under the guidense of a friend that has built a good number of boilers. The boiler works at 125#.
                              Don\'t ask me to do a dam thing, I\'m retired.