Jet 14 #196

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Project by che posted 05-20-2007 05:47 PM 4295 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first boat restoration. I had helped a friend of mine restore two Thistles and his Jet 14. They are both wonderful boats. The hulls are hot molded plywood which was used during WWII to build some British aircraft. The decks and bulkheads are marine plywood and the internal structure is a mixture of cedar and oak.

The first photo is how I got the boat. The hull was in good shape but there was some damage to the deck. This is a fairly typical condition. The hulls hold up amazingly well. Being soaked in formaldehyde glue helps a lot I’m sure.

The second photo is the finished product. I have since painted the entire outside of the hull white. The inside of the hull is bright as is the decks.

The third photo is the best finished photo showing the interior of the boat. All of the pictures I have show details of the different control systems. Racing boats have a lot of lines to pull on.

The boat has been raced fairly had for a couple of years now and I’ll need to do some touch-up work soon. I have another Jet 14, #16 which will be my next project.

-- Che.

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#1 posted 05-20-2007 05:58 PM

Looks like a lot of work to get to a lot of fun.

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#2 posted 05-20-2007 05:59 PM

Very nice Che. It makes me want to build a wooden boat so I can go sailing again.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#3 posted 05-20-2007 06:07 PM

a “pride an joy”. Very nice.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 05-20-2007 06:12 PM

My father used to build boats years ago. He loved to sail and the only available boats in those years, were ones you built yourself. It’s a daunting task and you did a great job. Thanks for showing us!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 05-20-2007 08:01 PM

Very cool, I’ve got an 18ft Sylvan thats my baby. I love the water. You too apparently. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 05-20-2007 08:25 PM

Che, that looks like one heck of a project. I’m not familiar with “Hot molded plywood” do you know of a site where I could read about it. I’ve been an avid power boater on the West Coast of British Columbia for years. There’s just nothing quite like it. I tried making a Hydroplane in my youth but that was a sad tale for another time. Good luck, johnt

-- jft

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#7 posted 05-21-2007 12:29 AM

Hot molded construction would be almost impossible for a home builder. The process is almost identical to what is now called cold molded except it was before modern epoxies. The glue they used had to be heated and required an autoclave. I believe the boat pictured was built in 1959. I also have number 16 which was built in ‘56. There is a decent writeup here on the aircraft

West System Epoxy (Gougeon borthers) have some good literature on modern wood boat construction including cold molded construction.

The hull is 5 layers of 3” x 1/8” thick strips of mahogany oriented in +45, -45, 90, -45, +45

-- Che.

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#8 posted 05-21-2007 12:31 AM

I have a bunch of links to pages where I can buy boat kits/plans. I really want to build one eventually. Looks like you did a very nice job repairing this boat…


-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#9 posted 05-21-2007 03:58 PM

Che, great workmanship shown. The boat restoration turned out great.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#10 posted 10-31-2009 05:50 AM

oooh…i hope you blog the steps on your future boat work…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 11-01-2009 02:57 AM

Looks like a great job.


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#12 posted 10-21-2012 12:58 PM

Wow, that’s very nice! Yea, you do have a good bit of lines to pull on. Looks like a very elegant boat! I’d be scared of nicking the finish on that bad boy.

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