Re: Philsboat and epoxy (cheap)
- I too have been listening through the walls. Could these wise words
be placed in files, say under "Boatbuilding Counsel" or some such.
Simply sagacious. Thanks John.
--- In Michalak@yahoogroups.com, "John and Kathy Trussell"
>boats have been built and used with what was available and/or what
> Amen Joe.
> Building skills are developed with practice. An awful lot of
the builder could afford. I am in my 60's and I can indulge myself
with top dollar materials. It was not always so and many of my
boatbuilding projects have been built on the cheap. I have gotten a
great deal of pleasure from the cheap ones, and I would never
suggest that someone give up a building project because "good"
quality materials were not affordable.
>some or all of the following ways:
> If you are building on a very tight budget, you can economize in
> 1. Pick a design for a small boat. (Smaller boats use smallerquantities of material than bigger boats.)
> 2. Choose a design where plywood panels are glued/nailed toframes, chines and gunwales.
> 3. Use exterior plywood and "whitewood" for the structuralmaterial. Get a rip fence for your circular saw and rip the
necessary strips from a 1x6 or a 2x6.
> 4. Don't fiberglass it. I you feel you must, glass the bottom upto the waterline and use polyester resin.
> 5. Paint it simply with exterior latex housepaint.oars. Thole pins are cheap and you can learn to row with them (and
> 6. Rowboats and paddle boats can be used with homemade paddles and
to sneer at people who use store bought locks).
> 7. Sailboats require a rudder, tiller, leeboard, mast and spars.These all add to the cost.
> 8. Motorboats require a motor, gas can and fire extinguisher. Noneof these can be homemade and this adds to the cost as well.
> 9. A car top rack costs a lot less than a trailer and acartoppable (back to small again) boat can produce considerable
>proud of, but the things I regret the most are the things I didn't
> In my life, I've done things I'm proud of and things I am not
do. Just build it, enjoy it, and have fun.