Walt, you are doing a fine job.
its an old fashion, stout boat, and if you can afford the time, money,effort, why not build it tough. It's personal preference. I built a lot of small boats before I realized it's much more about the building than the having.If it's just about boats, there are lots of good ones to buy. And cheaper. You have designed and built something perfect for you.
my Bolger house boat, alas was sold when We moved to Mexico. Not good for the Sea of Cortez. Though the estuaries on the west coast of Baja.would have suited it fine.
I can honestly say that I had great fun hanging out in that boat. House boating is about hanging out. And it can trundle along between hangouts. Truth be told? All most boaters do 99% of the time is hang out on their boats. A houseboat is just more honest about that. And most oceangoing boats are usually much less comfortable to hang out on. Most yachts become expensive temples to a dream that never gets realized. And much labor is sacrificed there as well.
I ran out of money and steam when if came to fitting out my houseboat. I left a few jobs to be done after launching and regretted not finishing them when she was on the hard. Every job seems to take twice as long at the marina and 3 times as long on the mooring!
Yes. The money flowed.......ya pay to play. I figure I was about 1/3 done with the boat after finishing hull and cabin. All that wiring, plumbing, painting . Enclosed head,blackwater tanks....Bunk. Twenty drawers , Windows. Curtains. Oil stove . Motor, controls. Helm. Five doors. Floorboards. Ceiling panels. Varnish.....the complete interior of a thirty foot cruising boat in a twenty foot houseboat . Five and a half years of spare time. Fortunately no divorce.
Yes it adds up fast. If/when I build another one I will make it bigger and fit the whole thing out with nice antique cabinetry from junk shops, rather than build it all from scratch.
I am using Titanium roof underlayment under the cedar siding on the sidewalls. I am a house builder and it is one of the greatest products that has come along in my 42 years of construction. It is super tough. I have left it to the weather 2 years uncovered with no problems. It is 48" wide as opposed to tarpaper 36" wide and it comes in a 10 square roll. Of course it has a down side and that is price at $110 a roll. It is not supposed to be used on sidewalls I have read but I do it anyway. It does not allow moisture to pass through it as some housewraps. I should be using a rain screen or cedar breather behind the siding.
The cornerboards are Azek. They have to be notched at the top and bottom and shaped to fit the fillet on the side deck. It was a challenge.
This is the aluminum outboard motor bracket I had fabricated in Crisfield,Md. I met the guy that made it at the waterman's expo. He was knowledgeable about the brackets and interested in getting it right for this boat. I did not know much about them but now I do. I called Armstrong first who I suppose is one of the largest makers of these brackets because many people call them "Armstrong Brackets" regardless of who made it. I emailed them a page of information that was required. After hearing nothing from them for a week, I called and was told "the guy who does those quotes was on vacation". I waited a few days later and called back. I talked to the guy who did the quotes and he was a jerk on the phone. He gave me a quote for a standard bracket with no wings on the side hoping to scare me away with the high price. Other than his bad attitude he did not show any interest in trying to quote for a custom one which is what they do. I never got a quote for the actual bracket that would fit my boat. I would dislike owning a company that had an employee who was chasing customers away. The price for the custom bracket here was less than the stock price of an Armstrong bracket and I would have to pay shipping from Florida.
It seems to benefit everyone when you buy local.
Cockpit framing is complete. It is sloped aft and curved at the stern to divert water into the drain holes. The open area in the center is for an access hatch.
Walt, I am looking forward to seeing that outboard bracket installed. It kind of has me puzzled. Too bad about the jerk at Armstrong.
Too bad for them but not for you or your fabricator! I look forward to seeing you on the water enjoying your creation.
Got it, Walt. Thanks for clearing that up.
The rubrail comes in 20' sections. It is a very hard PVC material. I searched from many manufacturers for 40' sections which I used on the last project and could not find it in this profile. I didn't like the idea of piecing it but I don't think it will be a problem. It's hard enough to handle in 20' lengths so I am glad I didn't get the 40 footers.
Clever way to hold rubrail without 4 people
One section permanently installed
A couple of windows installed. Note the way I supported my walkboard by cutting a slot in my temporary step landing.
Hey Walt, I love your boat. She has a good vibe! I hope many wonderful lifelong memories are created with your family on her. Your grandkids will remember her when they are old men. Heck, they may still be sailing her!
I have a question about the roof I can't figure out. I think I read that the radius on the roof beams were 35 inches, to create the slope. Since the side walls curve inward to follow the hull shape, do the end rafters still have the 35 inch slope, or do the flat sections line up? The math on the curve is throwing me off. If the end rafters are shorter, wouldn't the ends be higher than the ends of the longer beams with the same slope?
Last edited by Mark O.; 04-21-2017 at 12:09 AM.
Walt, thanks for the update. I was in withdrawals. That rub rail looks like very interesting and incredibly useful material. Glad to see the windows going in. Launch day inches closer!
I was going to start a new post about this but it's not really worthy. Yesterday an 80 yr old man I know came by to ask if I wanted a 24' barge. Today I looked at it and I don't know if i want it or not. I am glad I am the wood barge guy in my area but it may be too much of a project.
This guy is most interesting in that he operated 3 railways at the same time in my area and was a diver and dockbuilder. He still works at 80 years old.
I suspect that late at night the spirit of Howard Chapelle can be seen taking notes and measurements of this piece of maritime history and interviewing the spirits of the builders and spirits of the users.
A kids book written in the voice of the old wooden barge telling the story of it's life ?
This is the first lesson ye should learn: There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, it doesn't behoove any of us to speak evil of the rest of us.
I got involved in the history of it yesterday.
Writing a kids book might be easier than fixing it up, ha.