"Yet another trick to bending the bottom is to attach it at the bow with the rear supported in the air with ropes or something. Then you have 16 or so feet of bottom to use as weight as you lower it down."
"Ha! You officially have the bug, first boats not done and already planning #2.
My .02, 12X48 is a very small impractical drift boat. by the time you bend into shape you have very little of the bottom that is even close to 48" wide. You would be…"
"Looks like I too will camp there tonight. I have never refinished the inside of a drift boat. Once again I have learned another lesson. It takes more than five partial days to do so. I will bring my floatable boat prtially restored and share what it…"
I may look around and do a 52x16 hi side, I,m going through a depression right now,, :) Trying to remember the last 4 mo. Handles nice, floated Marblemount to Rockport yesterday,I,ll take it to the Clearwater in sept, Most likely sell it or try to.???
Hey Mike, you can find uhmw here in eugene in 5' x 10' sheets at a company called Munnell and Sherrill, the number is 541-345-8791. i want to say the sheets run about $120 but cant remember..........been awhile since i have used it........been using glass and graphite on the last few boats. hope your doing well man!
Thanks for adding me to your friend list. My parents are having a great time in Alaska, there up in the Kenai peninsula now. Nice job on the power boat I love the way it looks. I'm planning on building a skiff this winter since i sold the Clackacraft this spring. Thanks again and nice job on the boats they look great!!!
Mike , Thanks for the comments. It is not perfect by any means but is mine. I did use 1/2" thick white oak chines. I did not have any problems with bending the oak usually warmer and humid weather The lines were just the right curves that the wood conformed with out using steam. Just followed the pictures and instructions on pg 8 of Installation of Battens ,letter B from plans. Those angles 21 and 7 degrees on Rib 8 I struggled with that also. I think that was the last rib I built and placed and for some reason I left most of it 21 degrees but can't remember for sure. I have a slight twist at the transom so the bottom, port,right side does not sit flat on the trailer. I did not catch this until to well after bottom glassed .If I build another one I would not hang from rib #5 very long but build a base,ladder-frame strong back, to make sure all was straight. Hind sight is great gift. Maybe this 2 angled rib might have been one of the few things to do with my twist ...I don't know. I'm still looking forward to seeing how it handles in the water and if need be will try and correct later. Hope this helps Steve