Sailboat #2: A Puddle Duck Racer #11: Rough construction nearly done...getting closer...

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Blog entry by Napaman posted 01-13-2014 01:48 AM 4470 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: mast collar and step Part 11 of Sailboat #2: A Puddle Duck Racer series Part 12: yellow »

Well…vacation has its perks when it comes to the stressed out teacher…this past week I really got moving again (FINALLY) after a super tough couple of years…it felt like we were finally home for the first time in two years even though we have been home since July…

My goal was simple…get as far as I could…and change gears from perfection to—-’git er done’...

I really wanted to rough out all the remaining parts for the boat and not finish any of them to perfection—-just make them and fit them on the boat…with this week…I am declaring—-construction DONE…but lots to finish up and do before the water…

I wish I had one more week…because I think my list of to do’s could get done in another week of daily building…

First up…I finally had a chance to bring home some 16 foot boards for the mast…so the first set of picts show the boards glued up with epoxy and screwed over night.

Second picture shows the mast after the 3rd cut…the circular saw could not get through so I have to make passes…this picture shows the 3rd pass—-two passes and a cut off on the right…and then you can see the cut in the mast on the left edge after I flipped it to make the 4th pass…the last two cuts were easy because it was one pass each…the mast ends up as 2 1/4 square…I which is where it is not…I still need to round it and trim it down—-on the lower 8 feet…and then from 8 feet up it will slowly taper to 1 inch (thus losing a lot of weight) to the top…

Next up was fitting the leeboard, rudder and rudder “box” which I had already made…but never had a chance to put on the boat since it was on its side in the garage…I decided to NOT shape or take any more time on these parts until I could actually fit them on the boat and make sure they would all fit and work right…so the first picts show the parts roughed out…

This is the leeboard re-fitted after I shaped it…just had to see it on…lol…

One person suggested putting an old cd/dvd underneath to help with rubbing…

Next up was the rudder and rudder “box” (on my other sailboat build its actually a box that houses the rudder—-but this is just one board that connects the rudder and the tiller).

And then the most fun===making a tiller…actual wood working! This is made out of scrap maple pieces…

Its bolted through and I can move it up and down===I need to switch to a wing nut…

ANd finally—-the SHAPED rudder and leeboards…this was interesting…used my belt sander and made lots of dust…I did use my respirator…they say you should shape it like a submarine (when view up the edge from the bottom) side is supposed to be knife-like and rounded on the other—-mine ended up more knife-like on both sides…they still need to be worked on…

In the last pict above you can see gate handles I put on and gate hinges being used on the rudder…going cheap…and trying to get her on the water…

OKAY…next steps—-fill all the holes….sand sand sand…close up the boxes…fiber glass the bottom…finish the mast…make the boom sprit (piece that goes horrizontal for the sail) and Paint everything…lots to do still…but other then the boom sprit—-most actual construction is done…

No promises…LOL…but next weekend is a three day weekend…so hopefully I will get a full day of building in…maybe 2…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 01-13-2014 01:55 AM

Looks great! Show more when. ;0)

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

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#2 posted 01-13-2014 01:59 AM

Awesome! Good to see you working at it again!

And I have, in my “todo” list manager in my phone, an entry that reads something like “Go harass Napaman”, so some weekend soon maybe I’ll figure it out…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#3 posted 01-13-2014 02:04 AM

good to see you back on this matt

now for the fun part

hopefully in the water by spring

-- 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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#4 posted 01-13-2014 02:18 AM

Looking Good, Buddy!!

Guess I’ll need to get my prescription for Dramamine refilled pretty soon!!

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

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#5 posted 01-13-2014 02:51 AM

Matt that’s pretty awesome build so far. kind of sad to have to wait till you can work on it again. at least that’s only next weekend.

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#6 posted 01-13-2014 04:00 AM

Stay at it brother.
I can almost feel the spray off the waves !
You are rounding the final corner and heading for the home stretch !

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#7 posted 01-13-2014 05:50 AM

Looking better all the time Matt but those steel hinges and handles won’t be lasting very long around salt water.
I’m all for getting her done but start thinking now about the second generation rudder gudgeons and pintles because the first generation has a short life expectancy unless they are hot dip galvanized and they don’t look it.

(Personally, I’d rather see you working on your other boat but that’s just me. Just don’t forget her because she will take you places this little guy won’t.)

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mean to be negative. Just trying to help.

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

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#8 posted 01-13-2014 04:46 PM

Way to go Matt!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#9 posted 01-14-2014 02:02 AM

thanks everyone…back at work today…ugh…lol…and off to bible study…so its a full day…just wanted to say thatnks for the comments and feedback…

Paul—-all of your thoughts are concerns I have/had too…wish I had time to explain…but cant now…just wanted to say thanks for sharing your thougths——and not being afraid to give me your assessment…always appreciated.

One thought is on the hardware—-decided to go with the handles and hinges for now since they dont need to be “permanent” parts…I anticipate the rudder set up NOT being permanent…but…ie…things that need to be “more” permanent I am going with better hardware—-example..all the connecting bolts are stainless steel—-noting that even if I replace the rudder or the leeboard set up===I dont need to change out the bolts (the leeboard bolt will become in-excessible as soon as I close up the air boxes…thus stainless steel…

I really went back and forth on the hinges…I thought about ordering some online…but decided to try this for now…

Big boat…well…that is another story…no more boat tent like I had before…which was awesome because I could work on both boats at once rain or shine…so decided to button up the big boat real tight through winter rains…

NOT to mention the new job is killing me…lol…OH WAIT…I started replying!!! LOL…



-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#10 posted 01-14-2014 03:04 AM

Wow, some good progress Matt! You’l probably get yours wet before the water here stops being hard! What are you ddoing for sails?

I moved my PDR around in the shed this weekend looking for a shovel probably won’t move ‘til spring now :-(

Make sure you get video of the launch day!

-- "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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