I have not forgotten my Bolgerista friends
- Hello to all Bolgeristas,
I have been very busy doing tool reviews for boat-building friends.
All of you fall into that category because Bolgeristas are even more
passionate about their craft! I was able to test the new Briggs &
Stratton 5 hp outboard motor on my Bolger Brick that is almost
finished. I launched the boat before I had veneered the 1/2" plywood
gussets to match the 5.2 mm Luan the majority of the Brick is made
I covered the bottom of the brick with 5 oz. cloth coated with resin
and copper. All of the trim wood on the Brick is red oak with the
exception of the two seats made of yellow pine and birch mounts. All
of this was mounted with epoxy, brass and silicone bronze screws.
The two rub strips on the bottom were made of UHMW in 2"X 1"
configuration with the 1" edge set against the bottom and the 2"
protruding as a rub strip. These were sanded on the edge against the
bottom with 36 grit sand paper to make surface that would allow the
epoxy to adhere. I also used silicone adhesive around the screws I
used to hold it tight while gluing. Those silicone bronze screws
that I used were left in the UHMW and Luan for added security.
I will wait until spring to finish the Brick because our daily highs
have been only 30 degrees. I am still testing tools for Duckworks
and I have a section of things you could put under any tree for
Bolger Builders as well as other boats. This includes a line of
Shark hand saws that use traditional Japanese pull saw steel to make
extremely fine kerfs in the hardest of woods. They cut through the
red oak like butter while making the Brick. In fact they were almost
as fast as a jig saw and more pleasant.
You should go to my column in Duckworks and view the pictures of my
Brick in the Briggs & Stratton review. I am in the process of
reviewing some 12" sliding compound miter saws that can make those
compound miter joints much easier on our Bolger boats. In January I
will be reviewing the new Delta X5 14" band saw with a 5 year
warranty and the ability to resaw 12"X14" lumber. I know that some
of the bigger Bolger boats could use a band saw for some of the cuts.
I have missed the friendly banter in this group but my computer time
is very limited since I started testing for Duckworks. I still have
not had back surgery and I may test for an hour a day and spend four
hours on my back trying to get better. My wife spends more time on
the computer now, since I was hogging it pretty much. I have several
more Bolger plans to build plus a canoe and kayak project with one
plan from Platt Monfort and another from David Stimson for ultra
lightweight boats. They will be in a series of articles in Duckworks
that will show the construction and planning involved in building.
My friends here on this Bolger forum have helped me immeasurably with
my love of boating and pulled me through some very dark periods in my
life. Without this computer(damn thing) and my fellow Bolgeristas I
might have not made it. So here is a big THANK YOU that is much
Bolgerista and passionate boat-builder