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  • gravelyrider
    Back on July 1, after 10 months of construction (15 minutes at a time) JRTA Guam was launched. JRTA (Joking Refered To As) Guam is a Tennessee proportionatly
    Message 1 of 4 , Nov 3, 2009
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      Back on July 1, after 10 months of construction (15 minutes at a time) JRTA Guam was launched.

      JRTA (Joking Refered To As) Guam is a Tennessee proportionatly shorten to 24'. Since it is no longer a Tenny, it's not a member of the State Series, So I figured it must be a protectorate, like Guam is a protectorate, not a state. Beam is still as per plans.


      I got the plans from PB&F late last August.

      I modeled her after an Erie Canal Bouy Boat. (see pic)

      The boat is PERFECT for what I want. evening cruses on our lake.

      in one pic, you can see the crew of teenage boys performing sea trials. If she survived then, she can do well.........

      More later
    • Peter
      ... The boat is PERFECT for what I want. evening cruses on our lake. More later Congrats!! She looks lovely,not to mention perfectly suited for how you plan
      Message 2 of 4 , Nov 3, 2009
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        --- In bolger@yahoogroups.com, "gravelyrider" <ddvorak@...> wrote:
        The boat is PERFECT for what I want. evening cruses on our lake.
        More later


        Congrats!! She looks lovely,not to mention "perfectly" suited for how you plan to use her. I look forward to seeing some more photos of her!

        If it is not too much trouble, could you walk us through the boats features,as in; is there a head located aft?,is there standing headroom under the roof?, are there any provisions for cooking on board?,have you screens/canvas/mylar panels to close in the cockpit against wind,rain,bugs or sleeping aboard?....you know, the juicy details of her and your expectations or use scenarios now and for the future.Also, how does she handle waves and cross winds?

        Sorry about so many questions but she has that look about her that says "I'm a tough and practical boat which can do almost anything.USE ME!"

        Congrats once again!

        Sincerely,


        Peter Lenihan
      • gravelyrider
        Peter, thanks for the compliment. the porta-potty will be in the aft enclosure, along with storage. Full headroom thru-out, as long as you re about 5 10 or
        Message 3 of 4 , Nov 4, 2009
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          Peter, thanks for the compliment.

          the porta-potty will be in the aft enclosure, along with storage. Full headroom thru-out, as long as you're about 5'10" or less. I will be putting in a sink, but i'll rely on just a portble camp stove and cooler for the rest of the kitchen.

          Fore and Aft draining decks with scuppers, just like your Windemere.

          She's in my shop for the duration of the winter for the cloth window / side curtains. once I figure out the design, i'll have to decide if my wife's sewing machine will handle the fabric or if I'm forced to buy a heavy duty machine.

          the greatest wind so far has been about 8 knots . She tracks great . 10" chop does not bother in the least. 6 adults sit very comfortably in cheap plastic chairs, to be replaced with tasteful wicker. I've just finished an aluminum tailer, well, finished might be an exageration. in the spring i'll be able to go places and really get a feel for her seaworthiness. As you can imagine, finding a tailer for a 24' boat with a 6' beam that weighs 440 lbs is a bit of an impossibility. that right, I've weighed her twice with our bathroom scales and both time came up with about 440, including the Yamaha 8 hp hi-thrust, battery and 3 gallons of fuel.

          All ply is ACX, 3/8 sides, 5/8 bottom. 'C' side out. exterior sides covered with 2 oz glass and epoxy, bottom covered with 6 oz glass and epoxy. no glass cloth inside. Top is 1/4 Luan. Styx Latex primer. Benjamin Moore 'Mor-Glo' latex paint. SS screws . epoxy glue below the waterline, PL Premium above waterline. Payson joints for all plywood joints. all the chine logs and gunwales and rub strips came from 1 -24' Doug Fir 2x12, the rest of the lumber is Home Depot 1x2, and 2x3's.

          Less that $1000 in the hull, over 3 times that in the motor, steering , control cables, battery, binacle.

          She really is just a large canoe with a roof to keep the sun off my bald head.



          > If it is not too much trouble, could you walk us through the boats features,as in; is there a head located aft?,is there standing headroom under the roof?, are there any provisions for cooking on board?,have you screens/canvas/mylar panels to close in the cockpit against wind,rain,bugs or sleeping aboard?....you know, the juicy details of her and your expectations or use scenarios now and for the future.Also, how does she handle waves and cross winds?
          >
        • Peter
          Thanks for the details and WOW I m amazed at how light she came out and at your costs.Fantastic! It s hard to imagine better bang for the buck and in such a
          Message 4 of 4 , Nov 4, 2009
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            Thanks for the details and WOW I'm amazed at how light she came out and at your costs.Fantastic! It's hard to imagine better bang for the buck and in such a handsome package!Congrats again!

            I'd spring for the wicker furniture too,a good classy choice, but have you thought of where best to install the Port locker or wine cellar? The wicker chairs need this sort ofthing,ya know.:D


            Sincerely,

            Peter lenihan, truly impressed by such a handsome craft, so light,so inexpensive and built so fast.....jealous here along the shores of the cool St.Lawrence..........

            --- In bolger@yahoogroups.com, "gravelyrider" <ddvorak@...> wrote:
            >I've weighed her twice with our bathroom scales and both time came up with about 440, including the Yamaha 8 hp hi-thrust, battery and 3 gallons of fuel.
            >
            > All ply is ACX, 3/8 sides, 5/8 bottom. 'C' side out. exterior sides covered with 2 oz glass and epoxy, bottom covered with 6 oz glass and epoxy. no glass cloth inside. Top is 1/4 Luan. Styx Latex primer. Benjamin Moore 'Mor-Glo' latex paint. SS screws . epoxy glue below the waterline, PL Premium above waterline. Payson joints for all plywood joints. all the chine logs and gunwales and rub strips came from 1 -24' Doug Fir 2x12, the rest of the lumber is Home Depot 1x2, and 2x3's.
            >
            > Less that $1000 in the hull, over 3 times that in the motor, steering , control cables, battery, binacle.
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