Dusty
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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. …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Witton Nov 23, 2020.

 

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David Witton replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Not sure you'd even need to bed it - I didn't, and this area sees so little water it's all good so far. "
Nov 23, 2020
Bennett Yarbrough replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"I used life caulk. You want something that can be pulled off easier down the road for repairs"
Nov 22, 2020
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
Nov 22, 2020
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"I'm going to use silicone bronze ring nails to hold the outside rail on, what should i bed it with?  Seems like 5200 is overkill here."
Nov 22, 2020
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"thanks Dorf."
Oct 27, 2020
Phillip Westendorf replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Dusty, Like Rick said "Careful hammering".  Just use a hammer to set the nails flush with the surface of the wood.  Don't go wacking the nails too hard and leave a hammer head depression in the wood.  No need to…"
Oct 27, 2020
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Rick,  Do you think I should countersink just a tad for the nails? so the head sits at or just below the surface?  or is that overkill?"
Oct 27, 2020
Rick Newman replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Just careful hammering! Rick Newman"
Oct 25, 2020
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"I'm going to install the chine batten using Silicone Bronze ring shank nails.  I'll pre-drill with 5/64 and I'm going to bed the batten with 5200.  Should I use a detergent for the nails? I know it is recommended for screws,…"
Oct 24, 2020
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Note: i stopped myself from completing the last two coats of epoxy  - instead I installed the Stem Cap and am now working on the Chine Battens.  After those are installed, then I can apply the last two coats of epoxy/graphite to…"
Oct 24, 2020
Rick Newman replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Thanks for the thorough ply by play. It makes it easy for those who follow in our boats' path's to follow along! Good pictures too! Rick Newman"
Oct 20, 2020
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Step 5:  vacuumed then wiped down with paint thinner on a rag to remove dust Step 6:  layed the 20 oz triaxial fiberglass on the dry surface and cut to within about 3 inches all around.  marked the fiberglass with a sharpie at the…"
Oct 19, 2020
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"I'm back out there.   here's my step by step fiberglass lay up.  Note:  I'm a first timer. Step 1:  epoxied the sides w/ 1 coat for some protection (I'm not doing fiberglass on the sides) Step 2 : …"
Oct 19, 2020
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"thanks Phil, i'll just thicken the epoxy w/ dust and go that route.  its just the slightest amount for the screws that drove a smidge deep."
Jun 17, 2020
Phillip Westendorf replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"Dusty, How deep of a cavity is there to fill?  If just a shallow pocket use a really thickened epoxy (like peanut butter).  I'd use wood sanding dust to thicken the epoxy.  After they are filled just sand the patches fair and…"
Jun 17, 2020
Dusty replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"I'm going to use 20 oz triax for the bottom, and again, fiberglassing is new to me. Should I pre-fill the counter sunk screw heads before I start the fiberglassing? if so, with what?"
Jun 17, 2020

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Hometown:
Harrisburg
About Me:
Fell in love with rivers as a small kid, fly fishing the McKenzie. Moved away from fishing and into whitewater rafting in my 30's where i honed my river running skills for the past 15 years. Now I'm ready put the two pieces together... fly fishing and river running, and I am one who believes there is no better way to float a river than a wooden drift boat. And so i've decided to build one, God willing.
Boats I own:
Just a Maravia raft currently

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