View Full Version : Witicar Boat Works.....OMG!
11-10-2003, 08:20 PM
Go to the Hull construction pictures & view them leisurely. I have never seen anything like it.
11-10-2003, 09:18 PM
If you like those pics, get yerself a copy of the Gougeon Brother's (WEST System) book on boatbuilding. That'll tell you all you want to know about how it's done.
11-10-2003, 09:36 PM
A co-worker of mine has a brother that is building that very boat. Showed me the website a while beck. Very impressive.
Bump. Absolutely fantastic photos!
11-12-2003, 10:27 PM
Fascinating. Great site thanks.
What I don't understand is the rather radical difference between the testing model and the real thing. Those great propellor tubes/fairings must have all sorts of effects on the boat. trim being the least of them I would imagine.?
11-12-2003, 11:45 PM
I don't understand the need to plank, remove the planking in panels, glass, then refasten. Couldn't they just glass the inside between the frames? The glass isn't continuous between the panels anyway. Maybe it would just be too messy...Or maybe in the end it doesn't actually cost them much time, considering the difficulties of working inside the hull...
11-13-2003, 09:19 PM
Actually this project reminds me of both my boat and my shop. Well except the boat is about 5 times larger. And about 200 times the displacement. And they have a large well trained crew that appear to know what they're doing. And well the shop is about 15 times larger. And it's clean and appears to be heated. And well equipped. And well lit. And someplace warm. But other than that, they're indistinguishable. Yup.
11-13-2003, 10:47 PM
Yup, I was gonna say the same thing Dave. Except make that boat fifty times more complicated too. Awesome site. If we cloned fifteen of any one of us, do you think we could pull that off too?
Here's my favorite site of drool boatbuilding - vandamwoodcraft (http://www.vandamwoodcraft.com) . They have built my absolute favorite Ferrari of wood boats:
Check out this stainless steel drive train and rudder to push it at over 100mph:
If THAT don't make you shrivel up in intimidation, I don't what will.
The press release on the Alpha Z is worth looking at. The custom built off-shore V8 producing over 850 HP had no hoses. Van Dam's guys custom bent and mirror polished stainless steel tubing for all the engines plumbing.
Great link Casey.
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