Well, too many oyster shells, and too many holes...I just finished re-covering my classic 10. 1) A friend bought up a bunch of polyester suit lining materialMessage 1 of 3 , Feb 21, 2012View SourceWell, too many oyster shells, and too many holes...I just finished re-covering my classic 10.
1) A friend bought up a bunch of polyester suit lining material from a fabric store in New York City (he had like 30 yards for $10.00) It worked great as a new cover. Ripped off the old, stuck a new 1" wide piece between the gunwale and the ribs to glue the skin to (it was a perfect fit), glued down the new poly, hit it with an iron, and it was tight as can be. And pretty strong. Probably could have stopped there and had new oyster holes by mid-summer.
2) Not to be outdone, covered the polyester with 6 oz fiberglass cloth. Probably could have lived with the old original skin, but didn't. But now I have a boat that will take on the oysters with a smile (well...maybe with less water in the hull). And it doesn't weight MUCH more (and is at least translucent, if not transparent)
3) I'm putting nice and skinny 1/2" ash strips down the hull at stringer 3 (second one up from the keel). We'll beat those oysters yet!
4) Now for the piece de resistance...the ultimate sliding rowing seat....
Old cane canoe seat back turned into a seat...built vertical "box" of 3/8" plywood all epoxied together, fastened seat to box, box to 4 plastic dolly wheels. Made 2 rails of 30" long oak (recycled tree from Hurricane Bob that;s been in basement ever since as boards), dadoed out the tracks the wheels go in. Fasten tracks to floorboards with 1/2" pegs (so the whole thing is removable). Tried it and it actually works! Will try to get pix on the group site.
Sure wish it would snow so I could get out of my basement workshop and back on skis!
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From: Richard Bertram <richardbertram@...>
To: "Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com" <Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02/21/2012 07:34 AM
Subject: Re: [Airolite_Boats] Hello I'm new here.
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You came to the right place. Hope you enjoy the experience. I built a 10' Classic. Good luck, Richard.
From: patricio_home <patricio_home@...>
Sent: Saturday, February 18, 2012 10:45 AM
Subject: [Airolite_Boats] Hello I'm new here.
Hello all =)
Fist off I stumbled on Geodesic Airolite Boats after doing allot of GOOGLE/Youtube searches on plywood boats. I was searching plywood boats after reading "Ultrasimple Boatbuilding" by Gavin Atkin and "Build the New Instant Boats" by 'Dynamite' Payson.
I was searching for a boat design that I could build and lug around by myself. I never owned a traditional boat. I've only owned and used an inflatable pontoon boat #945 - ODC Sport LT from "The Creek Company".
I've been having shoulder and upper back problems, so I was seeing if there where affordable alternatives to another inflatable.
And that's how I found and was bitten by "gaboats.com" I really love the concept of Geodesic Airolite Boats.
I just ordered the plans and partial kit for the "Westport Dinghy 8".
I hope you guys can give me some tips and tricks of building it.