I screwed Edith's decks on today. She really looks a lot like old Julius, with one big difference: a foot-and-a-half longer and nearly a foot narrower. Hugely significant numbers. It makes me realize how much Holmstrom was looking at the Galloway boats for inspiration and the Oregon boats for common sense and stability. Buzz really was a genius.


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Comment by Brad Dimock on March 3, 2011 at 4:36pm
Probably not. When they are new they often start out water tight. After a few trips and hauls, wet and dry, swell and shrink, the bottom loosens up enough to need a soaking/sinking before she'll hold the water out.

With Julius, the extremes got too extreme--month-long trips interspersed with drives across the 105 degree desert. The bottom went from 50" to 51-1/2" a few too many times. The last time I tried to float her, it took a full week of frantic bailing every day to get her to where she held water. That was at the take-out. So Julius will get a full bottom rebuild next winter in time for Buzz's 75th anniversary in 2012.
Comment by Jim Hall on March 3, 2011 at 3:59pm
Will you sink her first?
Comment by Brad Dimock on March 3, 2011 at 10:43am
Waterproof? I don't think that was really a concept in those days. But the decks get covered with canvas, which will slow the inundation a bit. With Julius, I couldnt bear to cover those sweet Port Orford cedar decks with canvas, so I just caulked the seams and that wooed fine. But this time I'm doing the canvas, just to see what it is like.
Comment by Jim Hall on March 3, 2011 at 9:35am

Hey Brad, you've done a wonderful job with your Edith.  Thanks for sharing it all with your blogs.  How are the deck planks joined so that they are waterproof?  Good luck in the North Seas, be sure and wave to Big Mossy:)

Comment by Brad Dimock on March 2, 2011 at 9:36pm
Yes, this is a pretty darned precise replica of Edith, lapstrake and all. Sexier, perhaps, than Julius, but she's going to be way scarier in the bigger rapids where I can't hit every wave straight.
Comment by Roger Fletcher on March 2, 2011 at 8:17pm
Nicely done, Brad. I'm assuming that the original Edith was clinker built as Julius was. True? Gosh, she sure does remind me of Julius; perhaps a little sexier -- long, trim lines.

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