Hi everyone, I'm just getting started.  I've gathered all the tools, read Fletcher's book about 6 times (so great), and read quite a lot of these posts (also great).  I've decided to build a 17x54.  Went to the lumber dealer in town, and decided i'm definitely going to use the Hydrotek BS 1088 6mm for sides, and 12mm for floor.  I'm going to use Mahogany for the Stem.  I'm planning to use Port Orford Cedar for the frames, and was thinking i'd match that with White Oak for the rails/chines.  I hope to have the boat for the rest of my life, and while i want it to be the most beautiful boat ever built, I truly want to use materials that will last and be effective.  So, first question... Instead of White Oak, anyone ever use Port Orford for rails?  It seems like the color would be similar to White Oak, but i wonder about durability as a rail.  appreciate any insight you might have.

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well done Dusty!

i agree. I think we have a pretty great group around here!

Rick Newman

Looks great!

got the rails done!  cut the stem and transom.  Now sanding, and some boat soup.  Then Anchor, decking, seats, knee brace... sheesh.  I still have quite a bit i guess.

looking good!

Random question: Has anyone studied the amount of force a transom can handle while anchoring?  I'm planning to put my anchor line through the center of the transom plywood and it made me think about this.  

I'm no engineer, but I started wondering, if a boat was anchored up in swift of current with max load, and the boat began swinging side to side, how much force the transom might be able to take before something would fail?

Never anchor the boat in swift current. That’s very dangerous. It can pull the transom down and swamp the boat in an instant. 

Built the decking out of Fir from my uncle who's been squirreling away broken boards coming off the mill at his job with Roseboro lumber for 30 years.  

flipped her over and finally varnishing.  Got two coats so far.  Using Pettit Flagship Varnish 2015.  It looks amazing when dry, but so far i've had some trouble applying it without ending up with some drips.  hoping to have my technique refined by the last coat.

Looking pretty darn good. You have the right idea, practice will improve your skills. Much likereading a river and running rapids!

Rick Newman

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