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  • Andres Espino
    Apr 3, 2011
      ANOTHER term for 'jigless' boat building is Instant Boatbuilding and it was pioneered by Harold "Dynamite" Payson who just passed away a week or two ago. 

      Payson was a contemporary of Bolger and the only one that Bolger licensed to sell his plans.  Payson's webside is still up and I hope the family chooses to carry on with it.  Paysons original book about building instant boats (using some Bolger designs to illustrate) is still available on his site and from Amazon   http://instantboats.com/

      See a list of Payson's books on his site here http://instantboats.com/books.htm

      Since Bolger's and now Payson's passing... I think JM may be the remaining person who is following along with Bolger type and instant boats.


      --- On Sat, 4/2/11, prairiedog2332 <nelsarv@...> wrote:

      From: prairiedog2332 <nelsarv@...>
      Subject: [Michalak] THOUGHTS ABOUT MAKING A JIGLESS BOAT....
      To: Michalak@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Saturday, April 2, 2011, 11:51 AM


      For those who don't have Jim's build book or are newbies to this type of build method, it might be useful to review his ideas on the subject. These articles appeared in his newsletters and then were basically transferred over into the book. They apply mainly to his "flattie-sharpie" nail and glue designs. Stitch and glue requires an added set of skills, mostly applying to his multi-chine designs.

      The first article is about laying out and cutting the bulkheads and sides.


      Part 2 is about joining the sides to the bulkheads and cutting the chine logs and wales. Quite interesting is the part about why he prefers external chine logs to internal ones and how to do it.


      Part 3 shows how to install and glass the bottom and seal and protect the chines. And the importance of interior fillets at joint interfaces. (Seal the plywood edge grain if you want the hull to last.)


      Part 4 is about adding the mast step and leeboard if you want to go sailing.


      This gets you to a point where your baby is definitely looking like a boat but you are probably less than half way done. You still need to finish the hull, make the rudder assembly, maybe add some ballast, build the mast, spars and other sailing rigging, anchor and mooring lines and hardware, make or purchase a sail, some oars, maybe add a small motor and probably obtain a trailer and a good boat cover.

      All this and more is in Jim's book.


      Would be interesting to hear from folks who have improved on these instructions which are about 10 years old now.


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