Winter Skiff Project

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This is my son's and my winter project. We are 6 weeks into it. The vessel is about 18 ft. White oak from a local NH mill. We roughly followed the Total Boat youtube series. Watched it 3 times while taking notes. Built a scaled model (little blue boat on the temporary horizontal brace). Pulled the dimensions from the model to create scaled drawings. Built her from there. It's our first ever boat we've built.

My dad's retired yellow CT lobstering flag is watching over our project. I'm sure he is smiling.

This will be our beat around boat when not on our BHM 32 hacking around.

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Rugged for sure, she will be a Fine boat. You'll Always remember your first !! :)
 
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This is my son's and my winter project. We are 6 weeks into it. The vessel is about 18 ft. White oak from a local NH mill. We roughly followed the Total Boat youtube series. Watched it 3 times while taking notes. Built a scaled model (little blue boat on the temporary horizontal brace). Pulled the dimensions from the model to create scaled drawings. Built her from there. It's our first ever boat we've built.

My dad's retired yellow CT lobstering flag is watching over our project. I'm sure he is smiling.

This will be our beat around boat when not on our BHM 32 hacking around.

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Quick question about your side planking that appears to be sticking out on the starb side,, Is that truly what I am looking at, or a shadow? If its not a shadow, then you will need to either scarf the two adjoining planking stock together or use a butt block on the inside, adjoining the two planks at the butt.
 
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Good for you for noticing! It is almost impossible to aquire 20 ft white oak planks so we needed to scarf planks, rails, chins to make the lengths. What you see is temporary reinforcing we added outside while bending the planks into place. We are going to keep the ones inside but remove the outside ones once we turn the boat over soon to plank the bottom. It would have been so much easier with the long material, but it was fun to learn to cut the scarfs, especially on the chins which have compound angles. We did well and didn't waste much. We are getting close to picking thru the 5/4 cedar boards at the mill for the bottom. Clear cedar sure is a challenge to find. We'd use either cedar or fir. We've already cut the lift rails which will be put on once the hull is trued up. I'll post some updated photos soon.
 
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For the bottom planks ideally if you can find quarter sawn planks it is to your advantage. Its is the most stable while being structurally sound. You can actually create your own quarter sawn planks from flat sawn lumber, which is actually the cheapest and most avaliable unless you are dealing directly with a sawmill or good lumberyard. Find the widest planks, say 10 inches of the flat or plain sawn and then you can rip it down the middle and this will give you close to the quarter sawn lumber.

If you use the flat sawn lumber, then turn the grain upward or what is known as upside down.. The weakest grain orientation while being stable is rift sawn or vertical grain. When running fasteners into the ends your wood will normally split down the grain lines. What type of fasteners are you using? And last depending on the type of cedar, some acceptable pin knots are fine. Are you finding air or kiln dried timber? For some quick reference if you are not too familiar with cutting logs,
http://www.hardwooddistributors.org/blog/postings/what-is-the-difference-between-quarter-sawn-rift-sawn-and-plain-sawn-lumber/
 
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Yes, we have the quarter sawn lumber. Thank you for the data.
We are using air dried lumber.
Also, we are using SST Screws.
 
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I've followed the Total Boat Video series to build this. The ribs are hung off inner chines.

You think I should add outer chines? There are bottom rails that don't show so well to keep her straight running and to protect her bottom. Will take a photo of them to share.
 

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I've watched the Total Boat Video series and could never find the episode on the outer rails. Do you recall which episode that was? It looks like you have an awesome boat built!
 

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Lifebythedrop - - here's the episode, #24, for the lift rails.

Thanks, Robert. I watched again. I don't think I used the correct terminology in my earlier post. I'm curious how the "deep runners" along the bottom are configured. They are shown in spots in episode 37. I couldn't tell how far off the center they are and what depth they are. They look like they could be several inches in depth. How deep did you make your bottom runners (center and side)?

I tried to visualize Old Mud's recommendation for the outer chine. Did you add them?

Sorry for all the questions. I am extremely interested in building a similar skiff. Your skiff is a work to behold. Please add more pictures when you have time.
 
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The runners are made from 2 x 4's. I bolted them at each end thru the floor boards. SST hardware. The center one is laid flat on the centerline. The other two near the chines are made from two 2 x 4's, one laid flat the other on edge, screwed to the first one. They cover only the flat area. As the bottom planks rise to the bow, that's their starting point.

I made scaled plans if that helps you. I will take a photo of them tomorrow.

Outer chines? = = I'm still chewing on that. Certainly see the advantage of Old Mud's good suggestion.

Now I'm trying to figure out what size outboard to get. 60 or 90 HP? Used freshwater 2 stroke or 4? Manufacturer?
 

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Thanks for the information on the bottom runners. Deeper is the way to go, which makes sense.

I'm not someone who knows about outboards other than to use them but I've owned a 2 stroke and been on boats with a 4 stroke. From a user's perspective, I'd go 4 stroke because they tend to be quieter and I feel the exhaust is "friendlier". If I'm at the tiller that would be something I could appreciate. Wish I could return the favors you've provided me and offer an informed opinion. I look forward to your choice and thoughts on the outboard. (I live in Maryland and would use a boat like yours for trot line crabbing so that would influence my choice, low speed for crabbing would be the trade off for higher speed for the trip to and from.)

Will be looking forward to all pictures. Be sure to show some of the boat under power and putting those runners to the test!
 
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