Re: Wyoming, and building cheap.
- --- In bolger@y..., thomas dalzell <proaconstrictor@y...> wrote:
> What is the best way to build these boxes cheaply?I think that if you view the boat as a disposable thing with a 10
year life you could justify the use of el cheapo CDX plywood fastened
with conventional airgun nails and staples. I also think that a lot
[perhaps all] of the epoxy/glass could be replaced by surplus drapery
fabric remnants embedded and coated with standard oil based house
paint bought wholesale.
With a new coat of oil paint every year or two, it might last more
than 10 years. Localized rot spots could be treated with GitRot
and/or reinforced or replaced as needed as ongoing maintenance. You
also could use some conventional "green / ground contact rating"
treated plywood and lumber in some of the more sensitive areas
subject to rotting.
Inside plywood could be finished brite with concoction of equal parts
Turpentine, Linseed Oil, and Varnish which I have used for years
making furniture. It penetrates well and seals too.
Wooden boats have been sucessfully made lots longer than fiberglass
and resin have existed. I recall reading somewhere that embedding
fabric in oil paint used to be common practice. Drapery remnants are
very cheap, and oil paint isn't all that expensive either.
As an experement a few months back I used ripped up strips of a old
dress shirt and left over latex house paint instead of fiberglass and
resin to tape the seams of the flotation chambers which I built in my
Roar. These seams appear plenty tight and sturdy now several months
- On Sat, Oct 10, 2009 at 6:53 PM, nonews35 <nonews35@...> wrote:
>The Sandy Bottoms is the only Anhinga built that I have heard about.
> Have any Ahingas been built except the Sandy Bottoms one? Is the hull the same as BirdWatcher of is it slab sided? I'm looking to go with something like that or maybe a Martha Jane.
> Also, I like the idea of a lateen rig also like Zephyr so you can tow the boat to the nearby launch ramp fully rigged it the mast is short enough. Any ideas? I think you could make the mast 11' long and still be OK most places. The Zephyr mast is only 9' the Martha Janes is a bit too high.
The Anhinga is a remarkable design in that it is a spare, simple,
'big' boat. I think it might make sense if what you want is a very
easily achieved (quick build) trailerable 'oar power auxillary' camp