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About a week shopping; Orchard Supply & Hardware had the best price on polyester resin, TAP Plastics had the best selection and price on fiberglass cloth and tape, and I bought the luan plywood [and an excellent 16' tight grain redwood for the gunnels] from Goodman Lumber. Don't rush into this project until you have studied the plans and built the boat several times over in your mind.
As the boat is 14 feet long you need to end join 8 foot sheets together by laminating with fiberglass tape and resin. I chose to use my favorite Japanese pull saw because of the better ability to control the fineness of the curve and that power saws tend to splinter the surface ply of the "cheapo" mahogany 5mm luan plywood. I found it to be more important to cut a fair and broad curve than to carefully follow the layout lines. Glue and screw the stem post [which you have bevel cut to shape on a table saw] to the leading edge of the side panels.
The next task is to build the transom panel; plans call for a simple straight and flat top edge. Everything I have read about tack and tape boat construction calls for you to install wire ties or tacks at the panel joints. The next step is to install automobile body filler "Bondo" using a tongue depressor to the interior chine joints between all the panels. As you can see the careful use of masking tape can save you *hours* of headaches sanding down Bondo blubbers.
The boat is now much more rigid, flip it over and install Bondo to the outside of the chines. I used some good glue and a variety of drywall screws, screwed in place with my Makita screw gun.
I only bought 9 feet [three yards] of 38" bottom cloth which I cut into two "triangles" which I fit end to end on the bottom panel.
After the glue dries take your jigsaw, set at 45" and cut a fillet on all edges, making the square shafts hexagonal.
Freehand with your belt sander and a coarse belt shape the shafts round and the blade oval. This was the least fun part of the project, sanding the "wax glaze" off of the cured resin. I mounted the skeg on the bottom in a bedding of Bondo and laminated over the Bondo fillets with double layers of glass tape. Patricia Ross, the owner of Traditional Boat Finishes in Bracebridge, Ontario specializes solely in stripping and refinishing classic wooden boats.
As an active member of the ACBS Toronto Chapter back in the late 1980s, I considered it an absolute ritual to attend the annual spring workshop tour in Muskoka. So with these warm and fuzzy thoughts marinating in my mind I floated the idea of covering the 2013 Spring Tour for Woody Boater. After completing my last minute registration, the heretofore unseen itinerary quickly appeared in my inbox.
Living south of Muskoka has its disadvantages, the biggest one being that it takes three hours to get there. The next morning started out cool and rainy as I wound my way along Highway 11, north to Gravenhurst and our first destination.
The owner of this company, Mike Windsor, is a well-known fixture in Muskoka, not only for his quality restoration and new build abilities, but also his design capabilities and use of new technology such as computer controlled router equipment.
Although it was 8:30 am when I arrived at the shop, I was astounded by the large number of folks who were already milling around, sipping coffee and munching donuts. Serendipitously, the original engine (a rare four cylinder Sterling made in Buffalo NY) was boxed and stored by the owner when a “modern atomic four was installed in the 1970s.
The third boat currently in the Windsor shop is “2 Li Git” a 1995 Hackercraft gentleman’s racer. For the sake of saving some time (and only because I had recently been there) I elected to skip the next scheduled stop at the Grace and Speed Museum at Gravenhurst Warf. Since then, Paul has built a strong team of master craftsmen and has tackled diverse restoration projects ranging from 16 foot heirloom canoes to a 70 foot converted steam yacht built in 1903. On the opposite end of the scale, visitors could also inspect an extremely well refurbished 1970s Chestnut canoe and a flawless 1963 Richardson Aqua Craft (Lakefield Ontario) skiff, both freshly restored. Work undertaken has involved stripping of all upper woodwork, repairing millwork and panels and fixing windows (which were largely jammed or broken).
You may recall that in May of last year Woody Boater featured a story about “Wa Chee We” a beautiful 1923 Ditchburn Fisher-Allison Class Race Boat which was completely reconstructed and repowered (with a V10 Ilmor 710 producing 700 horsepower) by Gary and his crew for his client (and fellow Woody Boater) John Unsworth.
As I was about to leave, Gary pulled me aside and asked if I had seen the Mahogany Humidor yet? Leaving Clark Wooden Boats behind me, I hopped on nearby Highway 11 and ambled northbound a few miles to the Taylor Road interchange. On arrival at Tim’s shop, I was immediately offered a homemade butter tart by Sharon Butson, which set in motion a colossal deja vu moment followed by the recollection that back in the 1980s, a visit to Butson’s spring open-house was always accompanied by an offering of buttertarts.
After savoring my tart, I asked Sharon about the projects the Butson Crew is currently working on. After one more extraordinary butter tart, I headed north toward my next destination, Harwood Water Craft. Arriving at Harwood Watercraft, which even in spring is literally hidden in the Muskoka woods, I was warmly greeted by Mark Harwood.
Mark occasionally refinishes older boats such as disappearing propeller boats (Dispros) and skiffs. An interesting new electrified version of a classic Dispro design that Mark is selling and Drifter outside Mark’s workshop. Seeing that it was already almost 1:00 PM, I hit the road again and made my way back to Bracebridge to get in one more shop visit before lunch, which would be served 20 miles away at the Port Carling Community Centre. At present the shop has five boats in various stages of finish work (see today’s opening cover photo) including a 1954 Greavette Sunflash, a 1954 Greavette Dispro, and three Shepherd runabouts (two 1950s models and one from the early 1960s).
With my morning’s work behind me and my stomach rumbling, I gassed up the truck and headed north westerly toward Port Carling and the much anticipated buffet at the community centre.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of Cobourg Kid’s great report from the amazing 2013 Toronto ACBS Spring Workshop Tour. Take Apart BoatsA boat is like a swan, it looks perfect on the water but as soon as it gets on land it is big heavy and ungainly, still pretty mind you.
It takes up an amazing amount of space to store boats and is hugely annoying to transport them.
It's not surprising that designers have been trying to get around these problems for as long as there has been people designing boats.

The idea of taking a full size boat out for a spin and then when it's time to put it away, just removing a few bolts and magically halving the size of the craft so it fits in the car, or can be stored tucked up in the garage, or even brought up the elevator and put in the condo closet, is hard to resist. Here is a page on coroplast folding boats Minimalism boatbuilding closer to oregami as it is to traditional boatbuilding! Besides the plans, Bateau offers CNC plywood cutout parts and a fiberglass kit to complete the boat. CLC has Several Apart BoatsPassage MakerJohn Harris of the Chesapeake Light Craft company has designed many fine boats for his kits and plans. I don't think John Harris has ever designed an ugly boat and this one, like my Skerry is very handsome. The boat gets built in one piece and gets cut in 2 section once the sides are rigid and true.
Having a sizable take apart dinghy makes it possible for larger yachts to carry a useful boat to serve as a tender OR to have a smaller boat to play around with. Gary Dierking's Wa'apa is a Take Apart Outrigger sailing CanoeGary Dierking has gained fame if not fortune and built a solid reputation designing Outrigger Sailing Canoes and rigs for them.
3 Youtube videos of take apart Wa'apas in use.Watch the boat (left) practically fly it's going so fast. Ken Simpson has several Portable Take Apart Boat PLans At the other end of the boat design spectrum, Ken Simpson, Portable Boat Plans of Arizona of is a retired Mechanical Engineer who worked on Apollo Spacecraft. He has a long history of research and development and decided to turn his talent and experience to designing small, portable, easy to build, affordable boats. For a list of his designs have a look at his website, Portable Boat Plans He has videos and photos of his various boats. Puddle Duck Racers Come in Several Models of Come Apart BoatsI don't imagine that when David Routh better, known as Shorty, designed his Puddle Duck Racer, he imagined how popular it would become and how many people would modify the upper sections to suit their preference. Various people have played with detachable side buoyancy chambers which could be bolted back on.
Phil Bolger experimented with hinging a larger boat in the middle and folding the front onto the back. Tender or Kid's boat have 3 bolt together sections.This small boat was intended as a kids boat, sandbox, swimming pool or play accessory.
If you decide to follow these old Mechanic Illustrated boat plans keep in mind that materials have improved and standards of safety have changed.
Wooden Widget has a lovely ultralight take apart dinghyThey claim it's the world's lightest nesting dinghy at 22 pounds.
Glen-L has a Centerfold TenderA somewhat outdated name for a useful take apart dinghy-tender with a sailing version available. Folding boat article on Wikipedia has a photo of an Victorian wood and canvas folding boat.
PLEASE ALWAYS USE THE LATEST VERSION WHICH WILL CONTAIN ANY CORRECTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO THE DESIGNERS ATTENTION. Download the Mk 2 Light Trow plans, and the model-making plans (making a model to be an important preparation for making this kind of boat). I think this is a nice small open paddler, but bouyancy tanks or bags would be a essential if you’re going to do more than paddle in narrow rivers or small shallow lakes.
Boatbuilding plans for the Black Skiff have been designed and made available for free by Mark Wallace – he says all he asks for is to be given the credit for designing the boat. Mark ways she’s a strong light-weight boat loosely with strong links to Scandinavian types.
As my mind turns to building MY first boat during the winter months, I browsed and found many sites and such. Glad to be of help Charli – which boat are you planning to build for your first boatbuilding project?
I made the model last night but i am unsure on how it scales up, i downloaded the zip file and i am unsure on how to use your co-ordinates, please help!
Often Larger survival of the fittest of free sauceboat plans at Boatplans free plywood canoe building plans. You should buy these books from the author [who will autograph them], telephone (207) 594-7587.
At that time, there were a limited number of boat shops included and the day was spent at a leisurely pace with the largest amount of time devoted to lunch, which was habitually convened at ancient resorts like the now (dearly) departed Edenvale Inn. Frantically, I devised a strategy to save precious time (and sleep) and Friday night found me ensconced at my uncle and aunt’s home in Orillia, with a plan to head out to Gravenhurst early on Saturday morning (an easy 20 minute drive).
In an odd turn of events the now old atomic four was, as part of the restoration, extracted by Mike and replaced with a now fresh 100 year old engine. Work performed involved a comprehensive reconstruction of the chines and bottom, using the 5200 system, as well as a full stripping of the finish and re-varnishing. This is a fantastic family-friendly museum and those viewers who have not had the privilege of visiting should definitely check it out this summer. The largest restoration currently in the shop involves a freshening of the finishes on a 1929 Chris-Craft Commuter named “Red Witch”. The team is also busy installing new wooden floors, renovating the washroom, integrating a new bow and stern thruster to improve maneuverability and tackling the most massive task of all, complete stripping and re-varnishing of the topside both inside and out. With no leaves on the trees and little snow left, spring is the perfect time of the year in Muskoka to scope out old wooden vessels that may have been left lying in backyards or the woods. Gary Clark has been in the wooden boat building profession for a little over thirty years, having practiced his trade at the original Duke Boat Company for five years before striking out on his own.
The first thing you see when you walk in his shop is an absolutely massive 37 foot elephantine race boat named “Spirit”. According to Gary this boat was originally ordered and used by members of the McLaughlin family (the founders of GM Canada). Noticing the quizzical look on my face he quickly noted that it’s the storage building out back… “I think you might want to have a look”. Exiting the highway I quickly rolled up to Tim Butson’s new shop, located just off the cloverleaf on Barron Drive.
While the name of the business and its location has changed a couple times over the past 32 years, the Butson team continues to offer accomplished wooden boat design and build services as well as quality restoration, repair, marine surveying and welcoming customer service.
I love tradition, especially when it comes to something as special as a Butson Butter Tart! Further investigation revealed that the bottom and lower framework was in need of replacement. Lamentably the directions for getting to there were somewhat confusing (or perhaps it was me that was confused), at any rate I ultimately ended up in downtown Port Sydney. Mark is a designer builder and ardent sailor who specializes in constructing small watercraft using the glued plywood lapstrake approach.

He has also experimented with building small motorized boats, including a steamboat and a fully functional electrically powered Dispro complete with device. Talking a different road this time I crossed the beautiful North Branch of the Muskoka River and noted that its swollen waters had risen to mere feet below the deck. Take apart also called nesting boats or sometimes sectional boats really took off when plywood became readily available to the home builder. Keel-boat owners have been trying for years to fit their tenders on decks with varying degrees of success.
The 2 sections bolt together and once assembled there is no difference practically with the 1 piece version.
If you want to order plans, get his book on building outrigger sailing canoes including the Wa'apa, or read more about outriggers, his website is here. With the help of his fertile imagination and energy he has presented up with several interesting take apart boats.
They tend to be heavy since they were not fiberglassed so the plywood had to be quite thick. It comes apart into a larger back section that can be used on it's own and into a shorter front section that is a removable storage box. They’ve been chosen because they are derived from traditional boats, or in some cases simply for their usefulness. Note the near complete lack of wake, which should indicate that the boat’s working efficiently. The plans are not likely to be the easiest for first-time boatbuilders to follow, but it would be well worth picking the required skills up by reading one of the classic books on this kind of boatbuilding.
She proven to be an excellent rower, has a capacity of four adults and has a flat bottom for easy beaching. If not, if you know someone with some background in maths should be able to sort it out for you using pencil and paper.
His introduction to building watercraft began in 1986 when he secured a job with Muskoka Fine Watercraft 1986: he subsequently worked for other well-known Muskoka builders such as Ron and Tim Butson before striking out on his own in the early 1990s. This six-ton 9.9 foot beam boat was recently sold out of the Alan Jackson collection to a new owner who will use her on Lake Muskoka. While this time I didn’t find anything particularly notable, I did spot at least one overlooked example just waiting for a new captain. Designed by Steve Killing using George Crouch’s (Ditchburn built) Rainbow I design as inspiration, “Spirit” is powered by twin (that’s not a typo) 625 horse Ilmor engines!
As part of their work, team Clark will arrange for restoration and re-installation of the two original Buchanan (Orillia) straight six engines.
So I did, and what I saw was not a humidor, it was a stable full of mahogany thoroughbreds, tack shining in the pale light, just itching to get out and run wild through the surf. Tim’s grandfather settled in Canada in 1905 and also practiced the boatbuilding trade, eventually passing the bug onto his son Ron, who moved to Port Carling in 1960 to accept a job with Duke Boats, Ltd. She is currently in for plank repair, topside strip and re-varnish, engine servicing and clean-up.
Specifically designed (and originally used) to run in the swell of Georgian Bay, the boat (originally named Baisong) was “temporarily” retired to outside storage some time ago.
Tim’s crew has rebuilt the frames and re-planked the bottom using the traditional Chris-Craft method. Fortuitously, a knowledgeable person behind the counter at Zanetti’s General Store quickly got me sorted out and back on the right track to my destination.
His skiffs and sailboats are composed of various designs: some, like the acorn skiff, come from the mind of the well-known British designer Iain Oughtred, while others, such as his drifter model were self-designed and can be configured for use as a rowboat, yacht tender or sail boat.
She specializes solely in stripping and refinishing wooden boats including completion of bottom paintwork, although she will coordinate the work of other specialists, for example upholstery , if that is what the customer wants. They have lots of Kits and boat plans geared at beginner to more advanced levels of boat-building.
Modern interpretations could easily be made using stitch and glue method of boatbuilding and end up quite a lot lighter than the original. They offer plans, videos and images of their ultralight nesting dinghy AND their folding boat designs on their website. They even have 3pc vinyl kayak.How to build a Fold Boat Inexpensive plans for a folding kayak. The coordinates are pairs of numbers, as you'll have noticed, and each pair defines a particular single point on the ply.
There are a lot of points to plot, and when they have been plotted, you have to join the dots to make a complete drawing, as it were.
Thirteen stops?!” Thirteen stops and only eight hours (seven if you exclude lunch) to get the whole story! In addition the modifications made to her engine bay and decks when her original power was replaced were reversed. At that time he was essentially a one man band working out of a small shop south of Gravenhurst. Like his father, Tim Butson also took up the boatbuilding trade, working for the storied Greavette Boat Company from 1975 until its closure in 1981. The restoration has been slightly complicated by the use of epoxy as part of an older repair completed by another builder.
The Dispro is currently for sale and would certainly make a unique addition to any lakeside property, particularly those that have power boat restrictions.
I live on a river that empties into the Matagorda bay, here in Texas, and the wind blows regular like crazy.
The place to start when you are thinking of building your ain boat free plywood canoe building plans. I was therefore pleased to see that both his facilities (now just south of Bracebridge) and the number of craftspersons on his team have expanded dramatically, reflecting his firm’s obvious skills and knowledge.
Old plans often suggest materials that are now considered unsafe such as lead paint, be careful.I have not tested these boats myself.
So far, 64 new steam bent ribs have been set in (using Tim and Sharon’s new high production steam box) and considerable amounts of planking have been re-laid. By footmark tutorial on indication sauceboat blueprints and cutting plywood from dimensions. The owner plans to return Sweet Caroline to Georgian Bay waters when restoration is complete.

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