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Big Wooden Boats

A few days ago CJ Watson was asking if you could build a boat outside.  My response was yes- as many large wooden boats have been built here on the coast of Maine.This week in the local newspaper was…Continue

Started May 3, 2013

Utility/Boat Trailer

Greetings boat builders:  Having finished a Peapod destined for MT the "cheapskate"  in me wanted a trailer that would  be capable of   chores other than boat hauling.  Deer, Elk, topsoil, firewood,…Continue

Started Sep 24, 2012

Minor surface repairs

Applying the first coat of Kirby's to the interior planking on the Peapod has revealed minor dings and divots despite careful sanding. The second coat has helped somewhat.  What products has the…Continue

Started Oct 31, 2011

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Has anyone used Dynel or Xynole  fabric to cover boat bottoms?  Both are said to have greater resistance to abrasion than common Fiberglass.  Having used Dynel on a few canoes and boats I was…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lawrence E. Long May 18, 2011.


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Lawrence E. Long replied to Brian Grenier's discussion Maybe an obvious answer, but....
"Kurt has my vote.  Cabinet makers work to the nearest 1/64", carpenters to the nearest 1/8"and boat builders work to the nearest boat. No one will know your boat is a little short unless you spill the beans. Good Luck"
Nov 7, 2016
Lawrence E. Long replied to Mike Thomas's discussion Drift boat painting
"Mike:  Looks like a log driving Bateaux -close relative to a drift boat. Here in Maine these were in common use driving sawlogs down the rivers- such as the Penobscott .  The mills provided lumber for the north east coast. …"
Oct 3, 2016
Lawrence E. Long replied to erik heiden's discussion Formbys
"With that number of coats on the hull you might want to try a heat gun and a dull putty knife first and then finish off with stripper.  Have used this method pulling off epoxy coatings- but don't go nuts with the gun until you see…"
Sep 23, 2016
Lawrence E. Long replied to Mark Heskett's discussion Varnish
"Mark: I have used Pettit Captain's 1015 and  Flagship 2015 for many years with good results. A little sanding between coats  will show up your "dribbles" and make for a better job.  6 coats or more with the first 1…"
May 26, 2016
Lawrence E. Long replied to Bennett Yarbrough's discussion Oar grain
"Get a copy of R D Cullers book on building oars- will answer your questions- he made his living building boats and making oars.  Ash will be stiff but you might thin  the throat down to 1 1/4" x 1 1/2" or so to get some…"
May 14, 2016
Lawrence E. Long replied to Matt Garbe's discussion Hull Coating with Line-x
"Matt:  we went 6" above the chine which is more than enough to seal the joint. This allows a different color for the topsides- and a chance to change it later on. Doing the whole boat must have cost a bundle- but you will never have to…"
Apr 18, 2016
Lawrence E. Long replied to dreu patterson's discussion oar building
"Dreu/Mike  let us know how the home build lathe works. I am not that smart to engineer one so the old fashion drawknife and spokeshave might be a little slower but all my oars, sailboat masts and sprits have been made with hand tools. Good luck"
Feb 28, 2016
Lawrence E. Long replied to dreu patterson's discussion oar building
"Dreu:  Having built at least 3 pairs of "composit PW/DF" oars of this type you are way over designed. Tungsten is right- they will be heavy and feel like telephone poles.  Try to find RD Cullers chapter on oar building - I used…"
Feb 23, 2016
Lawrence E. Long replied to Joel's discussion Boat plans
"Joel: I built a  Tracy O'Brien LS16D (S&G)   call him- he might have something closer to your needs.  Tracy O'Brien Marine Designs 156 Bunker Creek Road Chehalis WA 98532 360-748-4089"
Dec 16, 2015
Lawrence E. Long replied to alan wernstrum's discussion Plywood Strips for Building
"Alan:  It sounds like you want to build a classic dory such as Swampscott , Cape Cod or Amesbury for use in salt water; and are thinking of "plank on frame"-carvel- planks flush at the seams.  Have you considered…"
Dec 11, 2015
Lawrence E. Long replied to Brad Dimock's discussion Teaching a McKenzie boatbuilding course
"Brad:  About 10 years ago Jason Cajune of Livingston MT taught a 2 week class on building his Freestone Guide drift boat.  This was stitch and glue, curved stem, and round transom -difficult but beautiful.  At the time he did…"
Dec 9, 2015
Lawrence E. Long replied to Dave's discussion CC Cavalier 18'
"Dave:  Don't think we can give much advice on this but if you go to the WoodenBoat forum or the Hulltruth web sites they have lots of experts on this type of stuff. Good luck"
Nov 27, 2015
Lawrence E. Long replied to David Bond's discussion New to wood boats, found this Dunphy...with a twist!
"David :  I suggest you go to  the WoodenBoat Forum.  Lots of info on old/new wooden boats from many people.  From what you show in the pictures  it might be a lost cause- but then I am no expert. Good Luck  and let us…"
Nov 22, 2015
Lawrence E. Long replied to JoshVest's discussion First build
"Josh:Now that you have POed most of the people on this site that have built many boats that are beautiful, strong(try running the Grand Canyon) and very seaworthy using PW and FG and epoxy I will give you some advice.  A  cedar plank…"
Oct 9, 2015
Lawrence E. Long replied to Brent Butikofer's discussion Oil Finish
"Brent:  you will get lots of answers I hope.  What wood will you be using for your boat?  Merranti and Okume take oil well but Douglas Fir PW  will check  heavily unless you cover it with FG.  Oil/turps/pine tar has…"
Oct 8, 2015
Lawrence E. Long replied to Ken Shindledecker's discussion Which plane for scarph/scarfing plywood?
"Ken: All the boats/canoes I have built were scarfed 1 joint at a time with 4 ft wide sheets of Merranti or Okume  with 1:8 scarfs.  Thicknesses were from 4 mm to 9mm depending on the boat.  Okume is much easier to work as…"
Oct 6, 2015

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