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By gerald
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I'm going to do my best to set up a few select sticky threads where we can save all the great information we are getting. Posting is relentless, which means that great threads eventually scroll down, fade away, and become lost on page 740 eleven (that's a long way back!). I don't come up with these ideas by myself. Many people are instrumental in making suggestions for improving our forum. So--with out further ado I'll open this thread for posting pictures of owner's and builder's boats. This is NOT a discussion thread. Post pictures, personal comments, and any pertinent information you think is needed so we can fully appreciate your boats. For any discussions--start a new thread. Have fun!
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By DarrellS
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My first build was an S&G Pirogue. It is 14 feet long and 23 inches wide. I have paddled lots of miles in this boat, but it always felt a little tippy.

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Second boat is a strip built kayak. It is 15 feet 10 inches long and is 28 inches wide. I am really enjoying this boat. It is rock solid and is going to make a great camping boat, if I ever get to go again.

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By gerald
#1265929
Old Blue. One of my best fishing boats...ever. 16' X 31" (28" on the bottom, 10" sides)
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srchr16 with Old Blue in the background.
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Well worn srchr16 and Old Blue is still with us.
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Brazos River Fishing Boat--Conquista hull configuration.
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The srchrE18 S&G--Stitch and Glue hybrid expedition/fishing boat.
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The srchrM1824P--couple of pictures of my old marathon boat.
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...and that's all the boats I've kept for myself in recent years.
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By bowgarguide
#1265958
1st boat Freedom 15 ft 28 wide built way to heavy

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Second boat a hot air perow,15 ft asymetrical,28 1/2 at bottom tumble homes.

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Third boat a decked perow for my grandaughter built a pair of these,
12 ft 26 inches wide The bumble Bee

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5th boat
Laker 13 ,13 ft 22 inches at bottom asymetrical

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My favorite all around boat the T-V

15 ft long asymetrical v bottom set up for camping with the cooler ,love this boat
24 inches at widest bottom

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My fastest boat 15 ft 5 inches asymetrical, 22 inches wide at widest point on bottom
v bottom decks sloped down the wind just doesnt affect this boat

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2 more in the garage I am working on.
Ron
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By Night Wing
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There are some great looking boats in this thread. :D

Nightwing's Outer Island
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Gerald might have posted the photos of my Outer Island from his website, but the specifications haven't been mentioned yet so here they are. My OI is 18' long, 21" wide.
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By TexasZeke
#1266151
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my first 15'3" long with a 24" bottom. While it might never be a great boat for jugs, it's turning into a pretty good boat for fishing. Danged heavy though
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By Night Wing
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Thought I would post one more photo of my OI. This is one of my favorite photos showing how long she is. She reminds me of sleek battleship. :wink:
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By Strider
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The first custom-built boat I've owned (and still my favorite paddling boat), the Brazos Boat Works Conquista

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The most comfortable boat I've ever paddled, the Brazos Boat Works Challenger

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Seashell's Brazos Boat Works River Ranger 16
(note from Gerald: This boat does have the general configuration or a River Ranger 16 except that it is much narrower. I figured with seashell's experience and natural ability that a lively little boat would fit her much better.)

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Kim
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By Pogo
#1268197
Three sea kayaks: The Outer Island in the foreground, my own design Greenland-style "cheater boat" in the middle, and the Squeedunk Cormorant 16.

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Below, the Northwest Canoes Merlin. This is my fishing and winter paddling boat. I don't like to get wet when it's cold.

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The Merlin on one of its very first outings.

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By Jerry-rigged
#1271330
Ok, Here is my canoe-

A Bateau.com Chenoa 14. Still not "done" (needs varnish and paint on the inside). 14'x35" Paddling single, the boat moves good, even with a lazy, slow stroke. The seats are not symmetrical - I moved one seat 12" toward the center - for tandem paddling, it gives the front paddler more legroom, for single paddling (or with a small passenger) it balances the boat better...

On with the pics:

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(the grey inside is primer, someday I will paint it tan)
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By Jerry-rigged
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Pogo-
Yup! The first two are at the abandoned boat launch canal at the end of the road, the last two are at my pier...

NW - it is heavy - I think about 65-70lbs. First boat, extra bright work with a heavy wood, etc... Built to plans, by someone that can control their epoxy usage, I think about 55lbs should be workable...
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By StuckInTheMud
#1312578
So i built my boat before this index was here, but glad to see this forum thread added in!

Sides put together here
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Full rub rail install. Had to bend these both at the same time together because i tried one at a time and almost had disaster. Heard a crack, stopped bending, and went to inspect. Didnt see any significant damange, so i changed tactics and bent both towards an end at once and clamped them. Then did the other end.
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Letting the glue dry on the bottom piece here. In hindsight, and from advice from others, ice chests with water and other such methods work well for gluing :)
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Routing off the bottom excess here to get a nice flush edge.
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The filet work here. I never could get my hands on "official" wood flour being in san diego, so i took a mix of my sanding sawdust (sanding down the rubrails made a finer dust than the rest of the stuff, so thats what i used) It still had chunks i had to pick through, and it would have been nice to have clean stuff but it was my first build and this worked just fine. I also tried another method, of using flour. Worked pretty well too. The flour filet was lighter in color and the sawdust was the darker brown, but i was painting the boat so it wasnt an issue. If you're keeping it varnish color, obviously the single color is the way to go.
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Putting in the wood blocks for the inside rub rail. Could have done this a little different, as far as epoxying the insides first, then putting these on while the epoxy was drying, or something to that effect. Nevertheless, it worked how i did it.
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Inside rub rails clamped on
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Glassing the inside. Lesson learned here was to go up further. I tried doing a "first coat" type approach, just getting enough on there to hold it in place. Well, i only went up as high as can be seen in the picture and once the stuff dries, the cloth is kinda stupid around the edges and you just have to cut and sand it down. If i wanted the cloth to be up higher, i should have put epoxy all over as high as i wanted it to go on the first application.
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Bottom glassed up, and i went a little higher up the sides in this instance. Boat was going to be painted so it didnt need to go all the way up to prevent a "line" from showing, but maybe next time.
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Here she is a sittin there with some coats of epoxy on her
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And the final product.....
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Fun little boat to build and cool to have!
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By larry long shadows
#1312801
Hey StuckinThemud to me your partly responsible for all this wooden boat post. Last year when you were makein that boat for duck hunting got every one fired up to built a boat..You got me and I bought a kit for my brother also.
Thanks
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By StuckInTheMud
#1321060
Yea, its an Uncle John's boat. real easy to build, because i had never built a boat before this one and got a lot of good help on general aspects of boat building from the web and various forums.
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