Shawn Baker
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  • Kalispell, MT
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Share your favorite boatbuilding/repair tools and techniques
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What are your favorite wood boatbuilding tools?What are your favorite building/repair techniques?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rick Newman Feb 5, 2021.

Black Eagle mini dory (was: baby Briggs build)
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I love my big 17' Jerry Briggs-inspired Grand Canyon dory from Andy Hutchinson's plans, but she's way too big for day runs.  Time to build a little boat.10'-6" LOA60" beam36" floor width~23" deep at…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rick Newman Apr 28, 2021.

Rest in Peace, Jerry Briggs

Roger Fletcher just posted on Facebook of Jerry's passing: "JERRY BRIGGS -- We lose another river legend - a great guy who made significant contributions to river dory deign and use. In addition to…Continue

Started Feb 14, 2019

Whitewater Dory build in Montana (was: Fir vs Meranti dory floor)
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This will be heavily glassed and painted on both sides, not worried about fir checking which is better for stiffness and strength as a floor core material?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shawn Baker Oct 9, 2020.

 

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Shawn Baker replied to Dave S's discussion GC Dory-Double Ender Build
"Awesome.I really appreciate seeing others' build techniques and the ways they've solved build problems.  Thanks for the pics and the descriptions!!  Lots of ways to skin the proverbial cat--and you've come up with some…"
Monday
Shawn Baker replied to Dave S's discussion GC Dory-Double Ender Build
"did you screw that panel of plywood inside the floor down to your workbench to keep the floor flat?  Genius idea!Haha, saw the triple stack of 2x blocking and it looked like a bit more than twice that.Haven't seen pvc spacers used like…"
Monday
Shawn Baker replied to Dave S's discussion GC Dory-Double Ender Build
"Wow, that's a ton of rocker!!!  ~10" bow and stern?I didn't used to like the idea of woven over biax...but after doing some repairs, found that biax wants to "peel" along the strands, and some plain weave or woven…"
Monday
Shawn Baker replied to Dave S's discussion GC Dory-Double Ender Build
"Here's another tip that I picked up back when I was building wooden sea kayaks:When sitting, your body's center of gravity is very close to your navel.You may need to move your body (and your oarlocks) behind the boat's center of…"
Jan 11
Shawn Baker replied to Dave S's discussion GC Dory-Double Ender Build
"Levi @ Raindog is working on a 10.5' front passenger layout, Brad is working on a 10.5' rear passenger layout...you'll have similar space constraints for 11.3' double-ender, but it will be an exciting ride for two!! I rowed one…"
Jan 11
Shawn Baker replied to Dave S's discussion GC Dory-Double Ender Build
"I enjoy the heck out of my little 10.5' x 36" bottom/60" beam boat.  It's 22.5" side panel height, which is slightly too deep for its size.It has weight capacity, but not quite room for 2 people.   hardest…"
Jan 11
Shawn Baker replied to Jeff C's discussion Second coat epoxy orange peel
"That looks good!! Scuff the fish eyes with sandpaper so the next epoxy will adhere. Use a squeegee..or old credit card..or Formica sample to trowel epoxy into only the low dpots"
Jan 9
Shawn Baker replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"hot glue a temporary cleat below it so you can rest the actual cleat in its position while you get the clamps in place."
Jan 5
Shawn Baker replied to Dusty's discussion First build
"That's gorgeous Dusty.Fixed or removeable flyline deck?If cardboard is too floppy, go to your specialty lumber supplier...birch ply is expensive, but the cover sheets that come on a bunk of birch ply is usually scratched up, 1/8" 3-ply and…"
Jan 5
Shawn Baker replied to Jeff C's discussion Second coat epoxy orange peel
"As a newbie, I tried to coat and coat and coat to fill the low spots...but the epoxy will "telegraph" the weave of the fiberglass below even after the original valleys in the weave are filled.Generally it only takes 2 coats if the 2nd coat…"
Jan 3
Shawn Baker replied to Stephan Fowler's discussion Oar Locks too long and sloppy
"If your locks are rising, my guess is the oarlock blocks/bore holes are canted out too far...as you pull on the oar, it's pulling up on the lock.Either a solid spacer or spring will fix the popping out symptoms--the NRS springs are about…"
Jan 3
Shawn Baker replied to Derrick Compton's discussion Epoxy and Varnish Project
"You did a nice job of stripping the boat down, Derrick!  Looks like you have decent weather, too.Do you use those side trays a lot? I have an old classic aluminum drifter...thinking of adding them. I use my side hatches in my dory all the time."
Dec 29, 2021
Shawn Baker replied to Dave S's discussion GC Dory-Double Ender Build
"Dave, what kind of speed do you maintain when flatwater rowing?  I did 2mi in 1hr with headwinds/waves one way over Thanksgiving weekend...wondering if no wind speed is any better?"
Dec 27, 2021
Shawn Baker replied to Wayd Drake's discussion fiberglassing the bottom (repair)
"That's so so cool.  I've been enthralled by the history of those old southern Oregon boats, especially since seeing some of the original Briggs GC dories on the Salmon River in Idaho.  I built a stitch and glue replica, but…"
Dec 6, 2021
Shawn Baker replied to Wayd Drake's discussion fiberglassing the bottom (repair)
"you're talking to the peanut gallery, then.  Those guys have forgotten more than I'll know. :)"
Dec 6, 2021
Shawn Baker replied to Wayd Drake's discussion fiberglassing the bottom (repair)
"I just flipped through the book I mentioned and Fletcher had noted that all of Pritchett's boats were in his favorite orange and black OSU colors.So I looked closer and...check the hull number.  That's not just a Pritchett boat. …"
Dec 6, 2021

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Hometown:
Kalispell
About Me:
Started building wooden sea kayaks back in 1997. Then got into whitewater kayaking, then rafting. Finally built a whitewater dory this year.
Boats I own:
Lost count...wooden sea kayaks, skin on frame kayaks, whitewater rafts and kayaks, and a whitewater dory

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