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Bolger Clam Skiff Progress Report

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  • oldshoe7
    I am building an 18 foot Phil Bolger-designed Clam Skiff in my garage shop. I ve always liked the looks of this boat and the fact that Neil Payson, one of
    Message 1 of 5 , May 22, 2011
      I am building an 18 foot Phil Bolger-designed Clam Skiff in my garage shop. I've always liked the looks of this boat and the fact that Neil Payson, one of Dynamite Payson's sons, a guy about my size, used it for lobstering. The pictures in "Instant Boatbuilding with Dynamite Payson (2007)" (IBWDP) do it justice, and I've not had any trouble following the plans I bought from Dynamite.

      The hull is assembled and I am gluing the keel (which Bolger called a "shoe") to the boat today. I built the shoe in two parts, divided down the length of the boat, to make it a bit easier to handle. I should be able to turn the boat over to begin work on the inside later this week.

      I built the hull out of 1/2-inch okoume marine ply (BS-6566, which is cheaper than BS-1088 and just as good for my use) from Edensaw Lumber in Port Townsend WA and Duckworks epoxy and fiberglass. It has 10 ounce cloth on the sides (inside and out) and bottom, and will have 6-ounce cloth on the deck inside.

      This boat will have a center console and wheel steering and will probably be driven by a 40hp outboard, the max that Bolger suggested.

      There is another of these skiffs in use here for fishing and clamming on the Olympic Peninsula, though not with the center console. It is 11 years old this year. Its been used every year since it was built. It looks great, runs easily under 15hp outboard power with very little wake out on the water and trailers with no problem at all. I've added a couple of photos of the boats to the list under "Clamskiff".

      I'm working up an article for Chuck's consideration about this boat, and will include numerous pictures of its build.

      Pete
      Olympic Peninsula
    • F Neil Simms
      Another Clam Skiff hitting the water will bring a smile to Dynamite in that great emerald green anchorage in the sky. Looking forward to the pics.
      Message 2 of 5 , May 24, 2011
        Another Clam Skiff hitting the water will bring a smile to Dynamite in that great emerald green anchorage in the sky.

        Looking forward to the pics.

        --- In bolger@yahoogroups.com, "oldshoe7" <pleenhouts@...> wrote:
        >
        > I am building an 18 foot Phil Bolger-designed Clam Skiff in my garage shop. I've always liked the looks of this boat and the fact that Neil Payson, one of Dynamite Payson's sons, a guy about my size, used it for lobstering. The pictures in "Instant Boatbuilding with Dynamite Payson (2007)" (IBWDP) do it justice, and I've not had any trouble following the plans I bought from Dynamite.
        >
        > The hull is assembled and I am gluing the keel (which Bolger called a "shoe") to the boat today. I built the shoe in two parts, divided down the length of the boat, to make it a bit easier to handle. I should be able to turn the boat over to begin work on the inside later this week.
        >
        > I built the hull out of 1/2-inch okoume marine ply (BS-6566, which is cheaper than BS-1088 and just as good for my use) from Edensaw Lumber in Port Townsend WA and Duckworks epoxy and fiberglass. It has 10 ounce cloth on the sides (inside and out) and bottom, and will have 6-ounce cloth on the deck inside.
        >
        > This boat will have a center console and wheel steering and will probably be driven by a 40hp outboard, the max that Bolger suggested.
        >
        > There is another of these skiffs in use here for fishing and clamming on the Olympic Peninsula, though not with the center console. It is 11 years old this year. Its been used every year since it was built. It looks great, runs easily under 15hp outboard power with very little wake out on the water and trailers with no problem at all. I've added a couple of photos of the boats to the list under "Clamskiff".
        >
        > I'm working up an article for Chuck's consideration about this boat, and will include numerous pictures of its build.
        >
        > Pete
        > Olympic Peninsula
        >
      • dnjost
        WEather pending, I will be in Boston Harbor this weekend pulling up flatties on my 18 Clam Skiff. Great boat! David Jost
        Message 3 of 5 , May 25, 2011
          WEather pending, I will be in Boston Harbor this weekend pulling up flatties on my 18' Clam Skiff.
          Great boat!

          David Jost


          --- In bolger@yahoogroups.com, "F Neil Simms" <f.neil.simms@...> wrote:
          >
          > Another Clam Skiff hitting the water will bring a smile to Dynamite in that great emerald green anchorage in the sky.
          >
          > Looking forward to the pics.
          >
          > --- In bolger@yahoogroups.com, "oldshoe7" <pleenhouts@> wrote:
          > >
          > > I am building an 18 foot Phil Bolger-designed Clam Skiff in my garage shop. I've always liked the looks of this boat and the fact that Neil Payson, one of Dynamite Payson's sons, a guy about my size, used it for lobstering. The pictures in "Instant Boatbuilding with Dynamite Payson (2007)" (IBWDP) do it justice, and I've not had any trouble following the plans I bought from Dynamite.
          > >
          > > The hull is assembled and I am gluing the keel (which Bolger called a "shoe") to the boat today. I built the shoe in two parts, divided down the length of the boat, to make it a bit easier to handle. I should be able to turn the boat over to begin work on the inside later this week.
          > >
          > > I built the hull out of 1/2-inch okoume marine ply (BS-6566, which is cheaper than BS-1088 and just as good for my use) from Edensaw Lumber in Port Townsend WA and Duckworks epoxy and fiberglass. It has 10 ounce cloth on the sides (inside and out) and bottom, and will have 6-ounce cloth on the deck inside.
          > >
          > > This boat will have a center console and wheel steering and will probably be driven by a 40hp outboard, the max that Bolger suggested.
          > >
          > > There is another of these skiffs in use here for fishing and clamming on the Olympic Peninsula, though not with the center console. It is 11 years old this year. Its been used every year since it was built. It looks great, runs easily under 15hp outboard power with very little wake out on the water and trailers with no problem at all. I've added a couple of photos of the boats to the list under "Clamskiff".
          > >
          > > I'm working up an article for Chuck's consideration about this boat, and will include numerous pictures of its build.
          > >
          > > Pete
          > > Olympic Peninsula
          > >
          >
        • bgbeck55
          Pete- What happened to your photos, boss? The album folder is empty. -Bruce
          Message 4 of 5 , Jun 9 1:22 AM
            Pete-
            What happened to your photos, boss? The album folder is empty.
            -Bruce



            --- In bolger@yahoogroups.com, "oldshoe7" <pleenhouts@...> wrote:
            >
            > I am building an 18 foot Phil Bolger-designed Clam Skiff in my garage shop. I've always liked the looks of this boat and the fact that Neil Payson, one of Dynamite Payson's sons, a guy about my size, used it for lobstering. The pictures in "Instant Boatbuilding with Dynamite Payson (2007)" (IBWDP) do it justice, and I've not had any trouble following the plans I bought from Dynamite.
            >
            > The hull is assembled and I am gluing the keel (which Bolger called a "shoe") to the boat today. I built the shoe in two parts, divided down the length of the boat, to make it a bit easier to handle. I should be able to turn the boat over to begin work on the inside later this week.
            >
            > I built the hull out of 1/2-inch okoume marine ply (BS-6566, which is cheaper than BS-1088 and just as good for my use) from Edensaw Lumber in Port Townsend WA and Duckworks epoxy and fiberglass. It has 10 ounce cloth on the sides (inside and out) and bottom, and will have 6-ounce cloth on the deck inside.
            >
            > This boat will have a center console and wheel steering and will probably be driven by a 40hp outboard, the max that Bolger suggested.
            >
            > There is another of these skiffs in use here for fishing and clamming on the Olympic Peninsula, though not with the center console. It is 11 years old this year. Its been used every year since it was built. It looks great, runs easily under 15hp outboard power with very little wake out on the water and trailers with no problem at all. I've added a couple of photos of the boats to the list under "Clamskiff".
            >
            > I'm working up an article for Chuck's consideration about this boat, and will include numerous pictures of its build.
            >
            > Pete
            > Olympic Peninsula
            >
          • oldshoe7
            Hmmm...ran into some technical challenges posting them and forgot about it.,..thanks for the reminder! Will try again in about twelve hours. s/Pete
            Message 5 of 5 , Jun 9 6:03 AM
              Hmmm...ran into some technical challenges posting them and forgot about it.,..thanks for the reminder! Will try again in about twelve hours. s/Pete

              --- In bolger@yahoogroups.com, "bgbeck55" <bgbeck55@...> wrote:
              >
              > Pete-
              > What happened to your photos, boss? The album folder is empty.
              > -Bruce
              >
              >
              >
              > --- In bolger@yahoogroups.com, "oldshoe7" <pleenhouts@> wrote:
              > >
              > > I am building an 18 foot Phil Bolger-designed Clam Skiff in my garage shop. I've always liked the looks of this boat and the fact that Neil Payson, one of Dynamite Payson's sons, a guy about my size, used it for lobstering. The pictures in "Instant Boatbuilding with Dynamite Payson (2007)" (IBWDP) do it justice, and I've not had any trouble following the plans I bought from Dynamite.
              > >
              > > The hull is assembled and I am gluing the keel (which Bolger called a "shoe") to the boat today. I built the shoe in two parts, divided down the length of the boat, to make it a bit easier to handle. I should be able to turn the boat over to begin work on the inside later this week.
              > >
              > > I built the hull out of 1/2-inch okoume marine ply (BS-6566, which is cheaper than BS-1088 and just as good for my use) from Edensaw Lumber in Port Townsend WA and Duckworks epoxy and fiberglass. It has 10 ounce cloth on the sides (inside and out) and bottom, and will have 6-ounce cloth on the deck inside.
              > >
              > > This boat will have a center console and wheel steering and will probably be driven by a 40hp outboard, the max that Bolger suggested.
              > >
              > > There is another of these skiffs in use here for fishing and clamming on the Olympic Peninsula, though not with the center console. It is 11 years old this year. Its been used every year since it was built. It looks great, runs easily under 15hp outboard power with very little wake out on the water and trailers with no problem at all. I've added a couple of photos of the boats to the list under "Clamskiff".
              > >
              > > I'm working up an article for Chuck's consideration about this boat, and will include numerous pictures of its build.
              > >
              > > Pete
              > > Olympic Peninsula
              > >
              >
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