Sailboat #2: A Puddle Duck Racer #9: I touched the PDR...

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Blog entry by Napaman posted 09-30-2013 01:20 AM 3030 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well its hard to believe that it has been nearly a year since my last update—-and this second little boat which was supposed to be a quick build so I could get on the water will nearly be 2 years into the build…embarrassing!

However…after the toughest two years of my life…TWO moves, unemployment, job changes and so on and so on…I finally got both my boats arranged on the patio this weekend.

Since we moved back to our house in Napa (where I have lots of building room) I have been focusing on many house projects and of course my new teaching job with started 6 weeks ago is killing me…but going well…the return to Napa has been a very good decision and that is what is most important.

We “buttoned up” the Weekender as tight as we could with impending rain and the realization that I should stick to the plan—-finish the PDR as fast as I can and get her on the water…then re-focus on the Weekender once the PDR is done…before we left Napa the first time this was not a concern since we had this HUGE boat tent (see previous blogs) I could fit both boats and tools, picnic table etc…and so I could work on either boat…

But the boat tent is gone and we decided we dont want to get a new one…so both boats will be tarped and I will need to remove the tarps each time I work…

SO TODAY…I finally worked a LITTLE on the PDR (sorry no pictures) but it felt good to assess where I was…and to some sanding…the bottom is pretty much ready for glass…I think I am going to put a sheet of glasss on the bottom and then tape the corners…I also want to put some “runners” on the bottom…(sorry paul I cant think of the name…skegs?)...

I also need to start building the mechanicals—-rudder, leeboard, mast, tiller…the hull itself is pretty much compete…and it is ready to paint inside as well…even though I did not do any updates last year I did get a chance to work on the PDR in So-Cal last year…but just no room to maneuver…so it was a pain…

I will get picts up as soon as I can…probably next weekend.

This week my goal is to study my plans and maybe work on the leeboard, and rudder assembly…

I dont want to make any predictions…but since I already have oar locks, sail, hatch covers…I could get her in the water after I close up the air boxes and have paint…even if I dont have the lee board and rudder…just to test water test…

Ok…sorry no pictures…but it fell good to uncover her and work on her a bit…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 09-30-2013 01:44 AM

good you are back at it matt
and settling home with work too

keep on trucking
you will get there

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Dan Lyke

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#2 posted 09-30-2013 02:00 AM

Good to hear you’re back at it! We haven’t been out at all in our Summer Breeze this summer. I did to a semi-successful one-day build of an Opti-like sailboat, learned a lot, but still need to take that hull out and tune a few things if I’m going to use that design on next year’s Wooden Boat Challenge.

You back in the North Bay these days? I may have to drive over and say “hi” some weekend…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#3 posted 09-30-2013 02:00 AM

Dang, stutter on the posting. Sorry.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#4 posted 09-30-2013 02:34 AM

Avast there matey!! Thar be boat building afoot!!

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

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#5 posted 09-30-2013 02:37 AM

Glad to see things are settling down. Still thinking I should make a weekend run over there and take you to lunch. There is an antique store that I want to check for tools. It would be good to catch up.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 09-30-2013 02:47 AM

THANKS guys…

DAN AND WAYNE…yes…come on down…we are super busy with church, family, work AND SOCCER on weekends…but it would be fun to get together…

Also—-Ira is trying to get a group together at the Woodworking Show in SAC again…I may try to go one day…

It would be fun to show each of you the boats…and my other woodworking projects…AND MEET…lunch…dinner…whatever…

Dan I would love to come out to the boat building event you do each year…either as a participant or an observer…that always looks fun—-is that in the spring???


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 09-30-2013 02:54 AM

It is real good to here you got a chance to get back to the pdr! An hour here and an hour there and before you know it it’ll be on the water!

816 is finished I just haven’t had the time to post the pictures, still don’t have a trailer so I’m probably going to have to wait ‘til spring to see if it floats :-( You may just get yours in the water before I do!

It is good to hear life is settling down for you, my year has been a year of ‘new normals’ also so I can empathize with your changing environment.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#8 posted 09-30-2013 02:57 AM

I bet it feels good to get back to playing with the boats. It’s great to see someone who can maintain the drive to finish projects that were put on the back burner for awhile.

Good luck.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#9 posted 09-30-2013 04:01 AM

Hang in there pal. It all works out…


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#10 posted 09-30-2013 06:44 AM

There is nothing, absolutely nothing half so worthwhile doing as simply messing about with boats.

OK, not original but you get the drift. Lets see some pics.
BTW, as far as I know they are just “wear strips”. A skeg is something else.

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

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#11 posted 10-01-2013 02:18 AM

Wind in the Willows. A great story and a great philosophy. Kinda like making sawdust…


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#12 posted 10-01-2013 02:25 PM

The Wooden Boat Challenge is the last weekend in April, out at the Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival. I’ll try to harass you as that gets closer.

And I know exactly how you feel in terms of over-commitment: I haven’t been hiking with my buddies in months, that which isn’t kitchen renovation is square dancing, and a local 4H leader just asked if I’d lead another robotics project this year…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#13 posted 10-02-2013 01:29 AM

Mark—-WHAT? You cant wait until spring!!!??? You are soooo close…you are my inspiration! Good luck!

Thanks Dan—-ya…remind me when it gets closer and I would love to at least attend and watch…

Paul—-yes…I am thinking more of wear strips…some people add skegs and other more significant pieces…but I am thinking of just protecting the bottom….

Thanks John!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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