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I built a scow!
first attempt at boatbuilding.

 2:26 pm on Oct 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

hi all, I thought you would like to admire a pic of a little plywood boat I had made in my garage. It looks a little dumpy, but it floated real good and was fun to build as well! it was my first attempt at boatbuilding. It was so fun I plan on building another one. :)




 5:17 pm on Oct 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

Nice! I too didn't realize that one could build a boat! (well, okay, I assumed *somebody* could)

How long did it take you to build?


 5:50 pm on Oct 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

Wow. Boat pix and a bonus popover to boot.



 5:52 pm on Oct 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

It took me just a couple of weekends. There is really not much to it. I was suprised at how well it floated, though. I was half expecting it to sink like a rock. <G>

Sorry about the popup, i used a free page server just cuz they are handy.


 6:02 pm on Oct 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

Weblamer, you build one heavy-duty scow! 3/4" plywood! She's war-ready. Where are you going to mount the gun turret?


 6:05 pm on Oct 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

Fun hobby! Sure you have enough freeboard there? Check your sticky. :)


 6:06 pm on Oct 30, 2002 (gmt 0)


Share with the rest of us, what's freeboard?


 6:10 pm on Oct 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

The height from the water to the gunwhale. Its about as high as I've seen on a scow of any type!

Note: Gunwhale is the part of the boat where the oars (or in the old days, guns) are mounted. Its the part which runs around the top of the side of the boat.


 6:11 pm on Oct 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

Lol, yeah, 3/4 turned out to be a bit thick. But like I said, It was my frist time, and Im not very wood working experienced. <G>

My next boat will be out of much lighter wood. :)

Anyone have an old trolling motor the want to sell for 25 bucks or so? <G>


 6:12 pm on Oct 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

I think she's ocean ready!


 6:15 pm on Oct 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

Wow, put some treads on that thing and you'd have a tank!

Or maybe an amphibious landing craft... :)


 6:22 pm on Oct 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

For the next one, check out commercial epoxy systems (like West Systems) as an alternative to fiberglass.

(freeboard... check out that chine, this baby is built for speed!)

WB, we have a lot of scows like that here. They're built deep like that for use as duck-blinds.

[edited by: rcjordan at 6:26 pm (utc) on Oct. 30, 2002]


 6:23 pm on Oct 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

rogerd ... you are terrible! However, I just had the best laugh I've had in a while. Sorry Weblamer, it really is a bit of a tank. But its a lovely little tank.:)

The refernece to the freeboard was not in reference to the 3/4 inch ply ... although that is a bit of overkill considering some have used 1/4" balsa for similar boats. I was talking about the height of the sides of the boat from the water to the gunwhale. You could put bunk beds in that puppy and still stay dry!

(freeboard... check out that chine, this baby is built for speed!)

Yup, but I dare say if you put an engine on her, she may do lovely circles! Not going to track too well without a keel or skeg of some sort.

[edited by: Liane at 6:26 pm (utc) on Oct. 30, 2002]


 6:23 pm on Oct 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

I just came across rcjordan's first boat [cheshiregunroom.com].


 6:27 pm on Oct 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

Link doesn't work Macguru. I want to see this!


 6:29 pm on Oct 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

Works for me.

Try a copy paste.



 6:31 pm on Oct 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

No, my first boat was a 16' hi-bow (built to take large waves) juniper sound-boat. Like the old-time crabber used. My dad had it hand-built for my 11th birthday -cost: $100. It would have put WB's boat in the liteweight category.


 6:32 pm on Oct 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

Now that's a boat RC! I'll bet she was fast!

My first was a 10', balsa wood sea flea which my dad built for me in our garage. He put a 7.5 hp Johnson on it. I got thrown off the lake the first week I had it for scaring the nice folks on our lake once too often.

He then built a flying J replica. It was a lot slower.:( but I got hooked on sailing! :)

[edited by: Liane at 6:36 pm (utc) on Oct. 30, 2002]


 6:33 pm on Oct 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

Trust me, once it was finished and I tried lifting it, I knew 3/4 thick wood was a tad too think.

As for the comercial epoxy, nah, the fun part about this scow was that it was so cheap to build. <G> but because it is so deep, its very sturdy. I could stand up and dance a jig in it, and it hardly even wobbled. <G>


 6:36 pm on Oct 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

Before the year was out, I had, ummm, 'reappropriated' an outboard from my brother's boat. Where I live, that was just about the same as having a driver's license.

...Then I came up with my 2nd boat and all hell broke loose on the waterways.


 6:41 pm on Oct 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

>epoxy, nah, the fun part about this scow was that it was so cheap to build.

Don't let the boys at the marine supply hoo-doo you about the cost of epoxy, it's higher than gel-coat but it goes a lot further, particularly on wooden boats.


 8:10 pm on Oct 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

In 1976 I spent six months building a 35 foot Piver Trimaran sailboat in a barn yard in Davis, California.

I had never built anything in my life and I had never been on a sailboat. It was 3/8 marine plywood, with nailed epoxy joints, covered with thin fibercloth and resin.

My son (12 years old) and I sailed from San Francisco to Costa Rica with only a long shaft 4 horse outboard for power. We went through Hurricain Andre off of Mexico, about 20 miles offshore, (I adopted several religions). I installed an eight horse diesel (hand crank) up on the beach between neep tides, because we decided to go through the Panama Canal.

We went through the canal, and we taken prisoner by the Sandonistas, (who were executing Misquito Indians)and finally released for 100 Playboy Magazines. Sailed out of Blue Fields (El Bluff), Nicaragua, into the Northers. Beat around Punta Gracias a Dios in Hondurous and hit a huge log, we could see ocean where our propellar shaft exited. We fixed it in the Bay Islands in the Bay of Hondurous with a big glob of polysulfide water curing rubber, then sailed to Cosamel, got kicked out of port by the Mexicans because we went to the ferry dock (both dinghys were destroyed lashed to the outer hulls by heavy seas). Sailed to Key West Florida.

I recommend it to everyone! All you need is some books and some insanity.


 8:15 pm on Oct 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

Heh Dumpy, that sounds like a pretty typical trip. My only question is What were you doing with 100 Playboys on board? Those things take up locker space.


 8:33 pm on Oct 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

I could not even imagine takeing a trip like that without a GPS. <G>

Thanks, ill stick to the St. Johns river. only thing i have to worry about in there is a gator or two. :)


 8:43 pm on Oct 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

"What were you doing with 100 Playboys on board?"

The playboys served two purposes, they provided my 12 year old educational material, so he could improve his reading ability. (He refused to go to school after the sixth grade...his mother tried, but put him on a plane to me while anchored in San Diego) (So, by the end of the trip he had a PHD in World Affairs and American hippie girls on vacation)

The magazines were prime trading material because they were illegal in almost all latin countries.

One magazine would get you a gallon of stud shrimp from a shrimp boat.

A friend threw about 500 on my deck as we were sailing out of Coronado where we were anchored off the golf course.


 9:00 pm on Oct 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

"I could not even imagine takeing a trip like that without a GPS"

On that whole trip land was somewhere on the left! I tried taking sightings on the sun at noon, but I kept placing us near Australia. So, I just took sightings of the North Star, which gives you your latitude...however once you get to the equator it disappears! We sailed by compus and stood watches...even with our autopilot...4 hours on 4 hours off...most sails were no more than 5 or six days between ports. We always came into port right on the nose.

My son wanted to paint a big sign on the sails



 9:26 pm on Oct 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

Bah, sitting in my cubicle now, listening to the ratty salesperson on the other side of my wall, i wish i was out sailing the world. <sigh>

Were you between jobs at the time, or did you manage some sort of extended vacation?


 9:41 pm on Oct 30, 2002 (gmt 0)


I have a derelict Telestar 26 tri in the backyard (the UK version) ...would love to grab a Gemini [sailnet.com] on a deal -but they are few and far between.

Right now, the town docks are brim-full of snowbirds, maybe I'll sign on and go see Liane.


 9:55 pm on Oct 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

"Were you between jobs at the time, or did you manage some sort of extended vacation?"

I was divorced at 35, got custody of the kids, had separate property agreement, so I got the home etc. By the time I was 39 (1976), I was burned out on the computer business and the sexual revolution...and I was filthy rich. The oldest son went into the Navy, second son went to his mothers to finish his last year of high school and number three went to mothers because I couldn't get him to go to school (he played hooky and smoked Bull Durham roll your owns). So, I cashed out of my businesses, invested, built a sail boat and went sailing. I lived off my investments.

The costs of sailing then run an average of $500 per month, by anchoring out...no car...low spending. MANY cruising sailors worked in every port for local americans...boat work, electronics, motors, of course now-days a computer person would have a field day working contracts in each port city. A lot of cruising sailors were retired people, I knew several hundred back in those days. We crossed paths all the time. Then there were the RICH, they hired everything done...even BOAT SITTING. I knew a lot of young guys Boat sitting in posh yacht marinas in foreign ports.


 8:06 pm on Oct 31, 2002 (gmt 0)

Wow great boat, Weblamer! Now I want to build a scow... too bad you stole that cool name "Swampturd". Maybe I'll name mine "BayouBiscuit"

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