16' Gentlemans Runabout

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Blog series by ashgrove updated 09-11-2015 08:54 PM 21 parts 86218 reads 74 comments total

Part 1: Stations

03-01-2011 09:36 PM by ashgrove | 3 comments »

We are building from scratch a 16’ Hacker Gentlemans Runabout in our garage. The process started one year ago after visiting a local boat show. I first started with plywood templates for the stations and then cut them out of white oak.I built a 16’ long steam box out of sheet metal to bend the long pieces of oak to be installed.I next installed the keel, chines and clamps to tie the stations together.I used epoxy and silocon bronze screws to fasten everything together.This boat is...

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Part 2: Transoms

03-05-2011 04:51 AM by ashgrove | 5 comments »

We used oak door skins for templates to install the planks.16’ african mahagony planks arrived and we started to mill them to the proper size.Began to steam the transom planks.Installed the battens and the first plank on the transom.Transom planks are all installed, now starting to hang the planks on the bottom. See you next time.

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Part 3: Planking

03-19-2011 05:34 PM by ashgrove | 5 comments »

Transom planks are put in place with silicon bronze screws.First plank is cut. Plank is fastened to stations and batten. We are also using Sikaflex 291 under the planks so that the boat will not swell since it will not be in the water 6 months out of the year.Next batten is knotched into the stations. Second plank is cut, steamed and ready to be fastened.

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Part 4: Planking

02-11-2012 02:11 AM by ashgrove | 1 comment »

Finally back to work! Installing more planks. Stay tuned for more updates. Goal is to have the boat launched by summer.

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Part 5: Still Planking

11-06-2012 02:53 AM by ashgrove | 2 comments »

Finally back to work, again. Will try and complete for this spring, ha-ha-ha. Our lucky boat launch site in Muskoka.

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Part 6: Picture of Overall Progress

11-15-2012 01:04 AM by ashgrove | 1 comment »

Here is a picture of the progress made so far.

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Part 7: Side Planking

11-15-2012 01:21 AM by ashgrove | 3 comments »

I used a laser to establish the waterline and then scaled the drawings to layout the side planks. Cut notches into stations and now ready to receive battens. Side battens installed and ready for planking.

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Part 8: Side Planks

12-11-2012 02:23 AM by ashgrove | 2 comments »


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Part 9: Fairing

01-16-2013 09:55 PM by ashgrove | 6 comments »

Planks are now all installed and have started to fair the hull. When complete we will use antifouling below the water line and then roll the boat over.

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Part 10: Bottom Paint

02-03-2013 12:48 AM by ashgrove | 3 comments »

Laminated another layer on to the transom.Set water line with laser then taped off, ready for paint. Painted three coats of bottom paint.

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Part 11: Rolling the Boat

02-16-2013 10:06 PM by ashgrove | 4 comments »

New crib with hockey socks as liners.Flipped over with mounts installed. Stripped frames, ready to complete planking. On another note, does anyone know how to date the cocking mallet and hammer in the picture above? Also does anyone think that the brass rings on the end are original?

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Part 12: Top Side Planks

03-13-2013 12:28 AM by ashgrove | 7 comments »

Installed shear planks. Clamped the layout batten on plank. Cut curves for first top side planks. Laid out joints for the planks.Cut knotches in frames, ready to install planks.

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Part 13: Interior Stain

03-17-2013 08:28 PM by ashgrove | 5 comments »

Installed battens. Created a template of the engine stringer and now have to cut it out of a piece of sitka spruce. Time to install the rudder.Stained the interior, plan to varnish the engine compartment to match the hull.

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Part 14: Rear Deck

03-28-2013 10:15 PM by ashgrove | 11 comments »

Starting to install planking. Installing rear deck. Rear deck complete.

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Part 15: Front Deck

04-10-2013 11:55 PM by ashgrove | 7 comments »

Installed king plank.Completed planks for front deck.Fabricated carlin for engine hatch. Super imposed a 1943 Ace Flathead engine into drawings, still can’t decide whether to use an antique motor or a 3.0L Merc engine. Any suggestions?

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Part 16: New Engine

07-28-2013 12:28 AM by ashgrove | 0 comments »

I picked up my new Chysler 1943 ace engine. I started it up and it’s running great! I need to modify stations to get the 10 degree angle and than build the stringers.

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Part 17: Engine Stringers

07-31-2013 11:30 PM by ashgrove | 1 comment »

Sizing the engine. Testing the engine Hatch cover frame completed. Engine stringers installed.

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Part 18: Exterior Stain

10-07-2014 09:36 PM by ashgrove | 1 comment »

Finally finished sanding Stain and first coat of varnish, only 12 more to go

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Part 19: Steering Wheel

04-24-2015 12:56 AM by ashgrove | 1 comment »

Cockpit complete, now waiting for the seat. Boat is stained and varnished. The launch is in the near future!

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Part 21: Finally

09-11-2015 08:54 PM by ashgrove | 2 comments »

Maiden voyage!

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