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Discussion in 'Boatbuilding' started by dbarnett1, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. dbarnett1
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    dbarnett1 Junior Member

    Hello everyone. I just joined today. The site looks great and of intense interest to me. Back in 2009, my son and I built our own small pond popper boat. If you all like pics, let me know and I will post up some. I don't claim to be a master boat builder, lol. I'm hoping to undertake a new project come spring so I hope I can get lots of good info from everyone. Dave
     
  2. hoytedow
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    hoytedow Wood Butcher

    Welcome to the forum. Of course we would like to see photos. A picture is worth a thousand words. We have those too so have at it.
     
  3. dbarnett1
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    Our Homemade Pond Popper

    Here is our start on our hull. The front is cherry (for strength) The bottom is 1/4 inch plywood. The sides are luan (door core). The transom is white pine.
     

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  4. dbarnett1
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    The next pics in order are our bracing inside and building up the bow and seats.
     

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  5. dbarnett1
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    The next pics are of the decking on bow and seat installed. We made under bow storage and added some cool stuff.
     

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  6. dbarnett1
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    These pics show it taking shape. putting our floor in installing the stereo, flooring, and other stuff and putting our side strip on etc.
     

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  7. gonzo
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    Did you at least paint the OSB on the inside?
     
  8. dbarnett1
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    We used Gorilla Glue to put it all together along with a few regular drywall screws. We used fiberglass cloth and resin over the outside of the hull. Nothing professional by any means. This was our first attempt at boat building. I'm sure we made a lot of mistakes but it works great and is quite a comfortable fishin boat.:p
     

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  9. dbarnett1
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    Yep we did. we used a marine grade spar varnish for the inside.
     
  10. dbarnett1
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    The boat has a surround sound 4 way CD/radio stereo, front red/green light, front 1,000,000 cp spot/flood light, rear all around light, hand held 2,000,000 cp light inside on a 10 ft cord, under bow and seat lights, side mounted bait lights, 110db marine horn, and a 35lb. thrust trolling motor that makes it scoot. :p. A full charge on my marine battery will last us a whole weekend. The whole boat weighs 185 lbs. I weigh 300, my son weighs about 165. I estimate our fishing equip, cooler, and marine battery etc to be another 100 to 120lbs. and she drafts just dandy.

    Here's a couple more pics. one with just me in it and one with both of us.
     

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  11. gonzo
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    Great project. In my opinion anything that gets you out on the water is a good deal.
     
  12. Petros
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    Petros Senior Member

    welcome to the forum,

    Great first time, low cost project. what did you have in mind for your future project? perhaps we can point you to some proper plans with all the details worked out for you, saves build time, mistakes and usually results in durable a well behaved boat.
     
  13. dbarnett1
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    I'm thinking about building a shanty boat. Nothing too big. about 8 ft wide by 16 to 20 ft long.
     
  14. Petros
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    you might look here for plans you might like:

    http://svensons.com/boat/

    Also, check out Glen-L boat plans. they have lots of traditional designs for a very reasonable fee, and they have a good reputation and quite a following. the boats also have a good resale value if the plans are followed since they company is so well known.
     

  15. Ike
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    Ike Senior Member

    Nice little fishing boat. It looks really stable. the tops of the seats gave me a bit of pause. How did you seal the press board from water intrusion? Did you put any flotation chambers in that boat? It is not uncommon to think that a wood boat won't sink, and this one probably wouldn't but will it float level when full of water? Of course you don't want to try it now with all those electronics in it, but on your next one think about putting in a couple of air chambers, or inflatable bladders just in case. All production boats are required to have built in flotation, and home built boats should too.
     
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