16ft sculling shell / kayak

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Project by HristoB posted 08-01-2017 09:24 PM 1557 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first attempt at building a boat. 2 sheets exterior grade 6mm 4×8(122×240 cm) plywood and plenty of patience. It took a week for the shell up to painting stage. Turned very light for its size and very stable and reliable on water. Two buoyancy compartments bow and stern filled with polyurethane expanding foam, doesn’t sink even when cockpit is filled to the edge. Just to add, we’ve built a 7ft mouse boat for my elder son over Easter this year

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#1 posted 08-02-2017 03:39 AM

Congratulations! Looks very nice for your first attempt at a boat and I am impressed. Be careful though – boatbuilding is often addictive!

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#2 posted 08-02-2017 02:08 PM

very nicely built boat. you will have an enjoyable time using for years to come.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 08-02-2017 03:37 PM

This is a beautiful vessel. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 08-02-2017 06:27 PM

This is freaking awesome. I hope I come to my senses and stop wanting one b/c I have no idea how I would store that.

Can you post more pics of the construction / inner guts? How much $of an investment is it in materials? Did you start w/ a purchased plan? Or a blog on LJ’s?

-- Upgrayedd - spelled thusly, with two Ds, for a double dose of this pimping.

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#5 posted 08-02-2017 07:04 PM

Did you cover it with fiber glass fabric and epoxy? Nice work OP.

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#6 posted 08-02-2017 08:35 PM

Looks really nice….

definitely on my bucket list.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#7 posted 08-02-2017 09:20 PM

I am super impressed, and total envious. I do hope you will let us know if you used pre-bought plans or did your own design. I might well go for those plans if they are available.

Also, re materials, I presume you intended to say it needed 2 sheets of 4’x8’ plywood. But – maybe i am missing something. I’ll tell ya, if you got that out of two sheet of 2’ x 4’, I am even more impressed, and eager to learn how!

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#8 posted 08-02-2017 10:29 PM

Guys, thank you all for your kind response.

@Upgrayedd: I don’t really have the of habit documenting my builds. I found a free plan on the net. Can’t really tell you how much it but I’d say close to 150-170 euro. I’ve found and added some photos

@whistlingwoodies: No, I didn’t because of the price of the epoxy in Ireland, I used 3” fiberglass tape and polyester resin to cover the joints, inside I used automotive fiberglass filler for filleting. The hull was primed and painted with workshop floor paint, 3 coats, heavy duty stuff it was 10eur on clearance for a 1l can :-) does the job. first thought of gellcoat, but at 98eur/L put me off

@jimintx: Hi Jim, thank you for your kind words. I’m working in metric, I meant to say 8×4 or 1220×2400mm in my world :-) Basically, I’ve used stitch and glue construction method, found and watched a video on Youtube.

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#9 posted 08-04-2017 01:44 PM

@HristoB: I love the economy of the way you’ve built this. My envy has only grown.

Since I saw your post on August 2, I have been looking for free plans for this one, or something similar. So far I have not found it.

Thanks for the reply.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#10 posted 08-04-2017 02:30 PM

Hi Jim. Here’s the link

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