View Full Version : Another Melonseed in the works

drift montana
12-14-2007, 01:40 PM
Greetings from Montana! Just thought I'd share my latest project with all of you. I am well on my way to strip planking a 13'4" Melonseed from Barto's plans. I just closed up the bow on one side last night and started doing a little clean up on the seams. It's really starting to look like something now!

This is a winter project that keeps me busy when the skiing and work don't interfere. The plan is to have it done by the spring and haul it back to the St. Michaels area where my folks live. They fell in love with the design last year at a boat show and I just had to build one for them.

You can find more photos and comments at:

Here's a few shots to show the work in progress.






12-14-2007, 05:36 PM
Beautiful work. You will love it when you finish, it's a great design.

12-14-2007, 05:41 PM
Lovely! More pics, please...

12-14-2007, 06:14 PM
Cool! Great job & great pictures!

drift montana
12-14-2007, 06:18 PM
Thanks for the kind words. Hopefully I will get a couple sails in it before I pass it off!

Here's a few more shots. I'll post more as I make progress.


Taping the frame stations. Snow on the ground outside and my last project, a custom wood drift boat, under wraps for the season in the background.

I'm avoiding staples and nail holes whereever the strips will be visible in the cockpit. The exterior will be painted for ease of maintenance. The strap clamps are the best $25 bucks I have ever invested in clamps! Small dowels in the strip cove keeps the strap from crushing the cove edges.

The transom is still oversized and will be trimmed to size and shape once I flip over the hull.

donald branscom
12-14-2007, 06:22 PM
Very nice work and that Melonseed design is very beautiful tto.
Thanks for the photos. I like the fact that you will be painting the hull.
I do not feel that varnishing everything always looks the best.
Damn it looks COLD!!

Don Scott
12-14-2007, 06:32 PM

It's great to see another Melonseed on the stocks and she is coming on fine. I have chickened out of my build for just now..it's too cold and damp in my shed here at the moment and I don't want to trap too much moisture in the wood. I still hope to finish mine next year as the temperature rises and to put her on the water by summertime. It looks as though yours might hit the water at about the same time !

12-14-2007, 08:48 PM
Lovely work Tony. The straps are a neat solution, as are the plywood clamps - all filed away on the necktop hard drive.

drift montana
01-07-2008, 12:18 PM
Just a quick update on the 'seed. I finished planking the hull on Friday! Now a little clean up before glassing. Nice to be done with the stripping phase. Enjoyable, but doing it without fasteners was a slow process, especially when it got down to fitting individual strips to close the gap! But that is behind me, and I can enjoy the wonderful curves of the melonseed!

More photos at:






Ed Armstrong
01-07-2008, 03:44 PM
Nice! Looking forward to the turnover photos...


jimmy lee
01-07-2008, 08:15 PM
Beautiffull layout of the wooden strips. Nice work there! Hope to see more pics in the future.

drift montana
01-08-2008, 11:32 AM
Thanks! Hopefully glass and flow coat the outside this week, then flipping next week! I have to say, I am a little paranoid about flipping and seeing the inside. With the exception of a little glimpse here and there, I really don't know what kind of cleanup it will be. Sort of like Christmas and you don't know if you've been naughty or nice......:D:rolleyes::eek:


jerry bark
01-08-2008, 05:17 PM
Sort of like Christmas and you don't know if you've been naughty or nice......

That's what makes Christmas fun isn't it??

nice work and good luck on the inside