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    Default Re: Baby Boat - the one sheet boat madness continues

    I know some kids who could have about a thousand hours of fun in a little boat like that. Hurry up and get her wet Flo-mo JayInOz

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    Default Re: Baby Boat - the one sheet boat madness continues

    This design goes to the other extreme: http://koti.kapsi.fi/hvartial/oss3/oss3.htm

    "The Dug" is an 18 foot "kayak" built from a single sheet of plywood. Very narrow with very low freeboard. I suspect Baby Boat will be more suitable as a "boat."
    Goat Island Skiff and Simmons Sea Skiff construction photos here:

    http://s176.photobucket.com/albums/w...esMan/?start=0

    and here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/37973275@N03/

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    I use a piece of scrap of a 3-layer slab made of maple for the decks.







    glass for the bottom



    completing the deck with a steam bent strip of ash




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    testing the seat arrangement


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    well you can say it will be strong, now will it float and row with you in it? I like it, what fun.

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    Default Re: Baby Boat - the one sheet boat madness continues

    Seats and cleats:



    A fir frame with sapeli plywood on top for the seats



    Cherry for the seatcleats





    The rowlock horns and sockets made of chrome plated zinc alloy I purchased look nice ...



    ... but there is a sharp casting burr where the oars will rest. I sanded it flush and of course removed the chrome too. I don't know if this will cause trouble.



    Left one sanded - right one unsanded

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    With the reinforcement for the oarlock sockets the span between the sockets adds up to 45 inch.







    So I can use these 7' 4" oars I made for a 16' rowboat I am working on.


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    Fantastic work Flo-Mo! I can't wait until you get her wet and give us a report on her performance.

    I'd be very interested in getting a CAD file so I can adapt it to our standard sheet size in Oz.
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    Love it!! Looking forward to hearing how she performs.
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    Wonderful job of designing, building, sharing ...... thanks!
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    The new member of the fleet:












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    After a short trial on a local pond the "official" launch happend last Sunday on "Alte Donau", a back water of the river Danube in Vienna.
    I invited a couple of friends and brought along my 4 boats (3 on the roof of my car) and we spent a nice late summer afternoon at and on the water.



    There was a chance for everybody to take Baby Boat for a ride. I made two videos and together with the video of the first trial (attention!!! longish) I think they give a good impression of her performance.



    "To get in and out of the boat is a challenge but as soon as you are seated it feels allright", one of the boys said. This is my impression too and is what I had expected but all in all I am pleased with her performance and I call the experiment a success.
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    Congrats on the launch! It actually seems to perform better then I'd expect, I have no use for this boat, but I can see a family near the water with a few kids having a blast with them!
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    I love it . I noticed the clever oar position in the photos.

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    Here you find even more pictures of the build: http://s387.photobucket.com/albums/o...ded%20rowboat/

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    Oh, wow! Granting you have flat water, even so, just precious.
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    I thinks this is a brilliant piece of work. Lots of fishermen are going to kayaks now - cartoppable, easy to put in anywhere, and of course cheaper than other fishing boat options. But if I wanted a light portable boat to fish from, I'd want a Baby Boat (and I do generally favor kayaks - have four.) I wonder even if this wouldn't serve as a fun and useful drift boat for mild rivers.

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    Fantastic. Now, time to try two adults! (Hey the weather looks nice if you fall out!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan Gibbs View Post

    I'd be very interested in getting a CAD file so I can adapt it to our standard sheet size in Oz.
    I added a DXF-file to my website. Please let me know if it works.



    This information is also important if you intend to build a Baby Boat:
    The length of the spreaders at the sheer (cm)


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    I realized that the download of the DXF-file did not work. I tried to fix it (I don't know why but it is necessary to make a zip file) and I hope it is alright now.

    Once again here is the link where you can download a dxf-drawing of the offsets: http://flo-mo.weebly.com/one-sheet-boats.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by flo-mo View Post

    Cherry for the seatcleats






    Please tell us how you made these. Did you use a compass and take direct measurements from the boat and cut/carve the wood to fit?

    Also, do you plan on varnishing the boats to prevent UV damage to all that nice shiny epoxy?

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    outstanding,WOW. great job and it's fast.

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    That is a beautiful boat. I hope you won't mind some questions...

    What kind of tape is that?

    What was your fillet material?

    What did you clear-coat the boat with?

    Thanks, Flo-Mo!

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    Hi Ted,
    I am using a strong parcel tape.

    If removed within a couple of days it does not leave any residue.

    For the fillet I used epoxy thickened with fumed silica (Aerosil). I also added some sanding dust I had previously collected to match the colour of the plywood.

    The hull is coated with epoxy -- polyurethane varnish for UV-protection is still missing but will be applied before I am going to use the boat again.

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    Wonderful!!! Great videos and a great success, I love this little boat!!
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    This wee boat is a firecracker!
    I feel that the seats may be "over the top" , she does not need them for stiffness does she? Getting ones butt ON the bottom , ( just a type 4 cushion)will make her more safe, and easier to board and move about.
    I have a little experience with very small boats.
    I built this as a toy,25 years ago, and we carried it for years on our cruiser and actually used it now and then, (warm water). I made my son his first set of mini oars, but soon abandoned rowing her for a small sculling oar. Many boat kids learned to scull on Tipsqueek.

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    That's a lovely little skiff and the photos perfectly show how much fun you had.

    The seats in my boat may be over the top but then again the whole build is (the boat pretending to be a serious rowboat which of course it is not) so somehow I think they are adequate. Centre depth is 15.5" and sitting at half that height feels just about right although it makes the boat more tender. I also wanted to know if the seat arrangement would work. The trials have shown that it does - at least for the smaller ones (the test with two adults still to come).

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    Brilliant wee boat FloMo. What wieght cloth did you use? Nice finish on that sapele sheet.

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    Default Re: Baby Boat - the one sheet boat madness continues

    Just finished my own version of this great little hull design as a tiny dinghy for my kids. Not quite as exquisitely finished as the above rowing version, but with the benefit of a bamboo mast, cut down Mirror sail set, centreboard, rudder, and half decking. The boat has been out on the water in light winds carrying an 90kg adult, and has felt sufficiently stable.
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    i love flo-mo's boats

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    Hi Toby, congrats on your build -- you really surprised me with your sailing version of this silly little boat. I predict there will be some capsizing in your future, but more power to you exploring the limits of this design, as long as you are aware of the possible risks involved.

    As photobucket is suboptimal for sharing photos, I re-uploaded photos of my own build to Google Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/GcoY7GfWbsEohmbz8

    Maybe I will eventually replace the photos in this thread, but for now please go to the link above if you are interested in a detailed documentation of the build.

    Quote Originally Posted by TobyV View Post
    Just finished my own version of this great little hull design as a tiny dinghy for my kids. Not quite as exquisitely finished as the above rowing version, but with the benefit of a bamboo mast, cut down Mirror sail set, centreboard, rudder, and half decking. The boat has been out on the water in light winds carrying an 90kg adult, and has felt sufficiently stable.
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