Sailboat #2: A Puddle Duck Racer #5: Hull is COMPLETE!

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Blog entry by Napaman posted 12-11-2011 02:47 AM 7124 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well after a busy first 3 weeks in the build I had a slow two weeks since Thanksgiving weekend ended…

But today—-I finished off the hull by putting on the bow and transom pieces (boat ends). Seemed to take me forever but its done…and now once the epoxy firms up I will start working inside the boat…with only one more week of school….WOOT I cant wait!

This is the finished shot…you can see my other sail boat build in the back…

This last shot is a bonus shot for my brother to remind him that Santa Claus IS coming to town soon…

Next steps: trim the bow, trim a few other spots…cut port holes in the air boxes, add the bench and deck pieces…then the lots of sanding…and add the mast “box”...actually before I close in the air boxes I will seal them and maybe paint them…

Do i need to paint INSIDE the airboxes? Or just coat in clear epoxy?

Okay…gotta go…let me know what you think…by the way—-she is looking like a tank…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 12-11-2011 02:52 AM

Oh my god where did the beard come from… I just shaved mine off…
as to the puddle duck… coming along very nicely…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 12-11-2011 03:02 AM

lol…the beard is a “new” thing….still feels weird…but kept it over summer and just couldnt stop…but getting ready to end it after Christmas…its been a fun expirement…hard to cut since I dont think I will ever do again…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 12-11-2011 03:13 AM

Here in southern PA the hunters have a tradition of not shaving until they shoot a deer. Maybe in the Napa Valley the tradition could be you shave it off when the boat is finished!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 12-11-2011 03:17 AM

No you don’t have to paint inside the boxes. The only reason to paint over epoxy (other than aesthetic) is to protect it from the sun.
Doesn’t look like a sailboat to me but that’s the designer’s problem. Your work is looking good Matt.
You’ll be a boat builder yet.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 12-11-2011 06:20 AM

Matt: Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 12-11-2011 05:06 PM

Lookin’ good! And I like Lew’s suggestion!

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#7 posted 12-11-2011 05:39 PM

Hi Matt,

I agree, it does look like a tank. As paul said, that’s a designer thing. I think I might have looked for a design that actually looked like a boat. Unless you need a tank for something. LOL

Nice work Matt.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 12-11-2011 06:48 PM

lol…you guys are so funny…in the last blog it was called a “Higgins Boat” which I really see…but when I was standing over it the open airboxes looked like treds a little bit…

The beard is going soon…8 months is a long time!

Ya…the design was based off of Phil Bolger’s Brick Design…but what keeps it an official PDR is the first 10 inches along the rocker …after that you can to whatever you want…if you go to the pdr site you will see a lot of photos and some people even have a little cabin!!!

This boat is being built strictly to build quick and sail sooner…then learn to sail as I build the weekender…

Just wait=——THE NEXT MONTH——BAM!!!! Its finals week this week…and then 3 weeks off…

Actually Lew…my wife said I should lose 20 lbs before I shave it…and I have lost 15 since the start of school!!!


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 12-11-2011 07:54 PM

Matt, it is coming along nicely. Can’t wait to see it finished and in the water. I helped a friend make a Laser knock off (looks almost like a sailing surfboard – but with a small cockpit). We had a great time sailing it up by Santa Cruz…the downwind runs were awesome….the boat would lift out of the water and skip glide. Nothing more fun then to sail a boat of your own making.

I have to keep my beard…lol…the better half would not know me without it….but I keep it trimmed to a goattee without sideburns….My face is so sensitive to razors that by keeping the small amount of beard keeps it from being irritated all the time.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#10 posted 12-12-2011 07:08 AM

thanks reggie…I was watching some PDR boat videos tonight…looks fun…cant wait to put her in the water…which could happen soon!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 12-13-2011 10:05 PM

Well…just think of the progress you would have made on your REAL SAILBOAT by now. I have seen many a boat not finished cause another project got in the way! Hope this doesn’t happen to you Matt. You paint inside cause you can! And when you open the lid and reach in you will be glad you did. Merry Christmas, Zignman

-- life is a journey not a destination

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#12 posted 12-13-2011 10:32 PM

True true warren!!! Actually I need a visit from the Zignman—-I need help on placement of forward bulkhead and would love your help…my father in law offered to help me when he comes in a few weeks…so I want to be ready to assemble the weekender when he gets here…so give me a call…would love an hour of your time!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#13 posted 12-15-2011 04:46 AM

very cool… hope you are enjoying yourself !!

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#14 posted 12-16-2011 12:39 AM

Thanks DAN…I am really having fun…and…drum rolls…ONE MORE DAY OF SCHOOL…and then its back to fulltime boat building for a week! then a trip to grandma and then ANOTHER week…hopefully I will make big progress on BOTH SAIL BOAts….


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#15 posted 12-19-2011 06:12 AM

Way to go, Matt. If you have some extra time, maybe you could build a boat for me…no need to deliver it, I’ll come out to pick it up. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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