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    Lovely launch, Rich. Nice job.
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    I just finished my genuine pair of Cheap-Oars-By-Rich. They're a bit stout (5.8 lbs. compared to my 3 lb. Shaw and Tenney oars), but they'll get me back to shore if my batteries quit or a prop breaks and could also be useful in repelling boarders if attacked by pirates.
    It'll be interesting to see how the launch rows. Just might be surprised.
    Now we're off to a July 4th parade and an afternoon on the lake fishing. Final sanding and first coat of varnish on the coamings will have to wait until tomorrow.

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    Default Re: 14th Star: 18' Palmer Fantail Launch

    Rich, I like the way those oars turned out -- great job

    Rick

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawkeye54 View Post
    Rich, I like the way those oars turned out -- great job

    Rick
    They'll do the trick. One mistake was that I painted the grips before remembering that you're not supposed to. Better grip with just oiled wood. So I sanded them down and put on a coat of oil. Wouldn't want my dear wife to get blisters...
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    Just an update for the curious. The boat is now finished other then slapping on more varnish and screwing on some hardware. Pictures to follow once it's nice and shiny, probably in another week or so. Then it'll be taken to the lake and see if it floats.
    My garage is now full to overflowing and no longer enough room for two cars and the fleet. My next project (probably next summer) will be building a boat storage shed.
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    It's a nasty, rainy day here in Vermont, certainly not going to do any varnishing. A good day to install the floatation just in case I run into an iceberg (or a pointy rock). I'm stuffing the fantail and forepeak full of 2" insulation board. Very buoyant and non-water absorbing. Both these areas are nothing but empty space, so might as well fill them up. The forepeak on the original Palmers housed the fuel tank. The bandsaw (hooked up to the shopvac), makes quick work of cutting the 2'x8' sheets into manageable 6" pieces. I'm not sure if the 150 lbs worth of batteries and motor would drag the boat under, but I felt the flotation would give me peace of mind. I'll be able to fit a total of 3 or 4 of these 2'x8' sheets, so that should keep her afloat. The deck structure is very strong, so I've no worries of the deck breaking free from the hull with the upwards pressure of the floating foam in a flooded hull.
    The foam has been added to the fantail already and this (and probably more) is what's going in the forepeak.

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    My wife just informed me that I want to take a four day road trip to the Finger Lakes region of New York State. We'll leave on Sunday, so the big launch will have to wait until later next week. It'll be nice to get out and see something new. She's making sure we take her car (with no trailer hitch) since we're going into classic runabout territory. She knows me and knows that we'll no doubt see more then a few beautiful boats for sale. No trailer hitch, no chance of me dragging home another boat!
    What she doesn't know is that there's a barn-find boat 30 miles from here, waiting for me to take a look. No idea what it is, just know from a friend of mine that it's there for the taking.... I'll have to sneak down there in a week or so...
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    So many boats, so little time....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldad View Post
    So many boats, so little time....

    So true, so true....

    I'm one step closer to the water. The boat went from cradle to trailer today. Hydraulic jack+ bracing + trailer winch got the job done with no broken bones or torn tendons. I've got to touch up some bottom paint, but other then that, no damage. Tomorrow will see another coat of varnish.



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    Finger Lakes Boating Museum www.FLBM.org
    8231 Pleasant Valley Rd.
    Hammond sport, NY

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZZ View Post
    Finger Lakes Boating Museum www.FLBM.org
    8231 Pleasant Valley Rd.
    Hammond sport, NY
    Thanks! We'll put it on our list of things to see.
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    Adirondack Experience (formerly the Adirondack Museum) at Blue Mountain Lake is on your way there too. Bring a bib.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZZ View Post
    Adirondack Experience (formerly the Adirondack Museum) at Blue Mountain Lake is on your way there too. Bring a bib.
    That would be a bit out of the way. But, no problem, I've been there many times. A great place. I bought the plans for my three Rushton boats from their archives and converted them to glued lap.
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    Wow, Rich !! The launch looks great on the trailer out in the daylight. A great job, sir. You can rightly be quite proud of the
    work you have done .

    Rick

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    That looks so nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawkeye54 View Post
    Wow, Rich !! The launch looks great on the trailer out in the daylight. A great job, sir. You can rightly be quite proud of the
    work you have done .

    Rick
    Thank you, sir. It was threatening to rain, so it wasn't outside for long. The daylight will highlight any imperfections in the finish, so I'm nervously looking forward to the first sunny day. But, I've got the rest of my life to fiddle with anything I'm not happy with.
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    Rich, I'd call it maybe a '5 foot finish', WAY better than a 20 foot finish - the only thing I see is dusty foot (paw?) prints
    across the fan tail [ 2nd picture ] -- you have good skills with those paint / varnish brushes. Enjoy motoring the launch
    as much as I have enjoyed watching the build !!

    Rick

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    I decided, screw the touch up paint and varnish, I want to see this thing float! The weather was better then expected, so in the water she went. My dear wife came along and took pictures/video.





    I'll have to figure out how to download the video... I guess you just can't put it on Flickr and have it come up like photos.
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    SWEET! very slick, and seaworthy looking too.

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    The boat is stable and comfortable. By GPS, she was doing 5.8 mph with me and my wife on board. Same speed without her 115 lbs. on board. Hull speed is about 6 mph, so not bad. The motor does cause a bit of vibration which resonates through the hull. Not an unpleasant or loud sound. I'll try putting some foam padding on the inside of the hull by the motor and hopefully that will dampen it. The vibration is much less at 5mph or lower and that's a comfortable speed which will extend the batteries.
    I'm headed out on a road trip for a few days, but will noodle around with the boat when I get back.
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    Default Re: 14th Star: 18' Palmer Fantail Launch

    it'll probably do 5.8 with 6 people aboard! very cool launch, any plans for an awning? or would that hurt the top speed?

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    Beaut. Rich; knockout!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Noyes View Post
    it'll probably do 5.8 with 6 people aboard! very cool launch, any plans for an awning? or would that hurt the top speed?
    I don't know if the original Palmer launches had awnings. I think I'll skip it. Too much bother to set up at the ramp.


    I uploaded a video to YouTube, but now can't find it. I am such a computer idiot....
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjVJInWkwLg

    Maybe I'm not as stupid as I think...

    I know that some will cringe when they see me run the boat up on the gravel. Have no fear, there's a 1-1/2" wide steel shoe running the entire length of the keel. No wood was harmed in the making of this video.
    Last edited by Rich Jones; 07-15-2017 at 04:29 PM.
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    Here's another. She's goes backwards, too.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPYiXyH8XkA
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    Fantastic Rich! What a beauty.
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    beauty, Rich

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    What a lovely boat! Congratulations Rich!
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    Congratulations Rich. She's looks fantastic.

    Travis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Jones View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjVJInWkwLg

    Maybe I'm not as stupid as I think...

    I know that some will cringe when they see me run the boat up on the gravel. Have no fear, there's a 1-1/2" wide steel shoe running the entire length of the keel. No wood was harmed in the making of this video.
    I was warned, I knew it was coming, I was told it's OK... and I still cringed!


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    Congratulations. Slips through the water beautifully.
    You should be very proud of this lovely boat.
    Enjoy.

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    Thanks everyone! We're in the Finger Lakes region of New York right now, headed to the Finger Lakes Boating Museum tomorrow, home of many a classic boat. We've seen nothing but ugly fiberglass and pontoon boats all day out on the lakes.
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    Looks great, Rich. I bet its a real thrill to get her out on the water.

    Best

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breakaway View Post
    Looks great, Rich. I bet its a real thrill to get her out on the water.

    Best

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    It was a thrill to launch after 21 months of building! It was a real gamble building a boat around an 80 lb. thrust trolling motor on nothing but a hunch that it would work. It seems to be working and I'll continue to experiment with different props.
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    What fun! Congratulations.

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