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    Default Lillistone's "Fleet" build

    This is a father-son build. Intended use is in South Carolina marshes mostly. Hope to keep boat on a jet dock so it can be used frequently.
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    Bought 1/4" okoume ply from Boulter Plywood in Mass.
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    Scarphing with planes
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    Default Re: Lillistone's "Fleet" build

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    sorry about pic flip
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    next step glue up. Build progress will likely be unpredictable with school etc and I am going to try not to be foreman/boss... or worse secret boatbuilder on my own time... need luck with those two goals.

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    Default Re: Lillistone's "Fleet" build

    Looks like a good start.
    The Fleet was on my short list of next boat to build.
    Jericho Bay skiff won out because I needed more beam.
    I'll be following!
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    Thanks for the pics. I'll be following.
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    Default Re: Lillistone's "Fleet" build

    As I said this will be slow progress cause my boat building buddy is a junior in high school. He is enjoying the build so far.
    We have finished with the scarfs (3:1) and are ready to start cutting the shapes out. Right now it's just flat pieces of ply and I can see the boat's form and the end result but I am looking forward to his reaction when it starts coming together.
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    slow progress but panels are all cut out and faired
    these sawhorses have provided a great work surface 4'x16'

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    We have to cut transom out next and then start wiring. Definitely fun working with a partner - especially with measuring.
    The dremel saw is fast and safe to use for this type of cutting and the 6mm ply planes down easily to the line. Tip: it's easier to cut with the blade to the right of the line so you don't get too close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gray duck View Post
    Well, now I know why they're called lofting ducks! These are neat. Did you make them yourself? I also dig the use of the Dremel saw. I have been casually looking for a used 5 1/2" panel saw for years now and somehow never find any. New models are surprisingly expensive. That thing might be just the ticket.
    Great to see a multigenerational project. Keep us posted!

    James

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    I made the ducks and also some other birds - just having fun with it. I think the expression is "having all your ducks in a row"
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    soft clay models -plaster molds - let dry COMPLETELY (couple weeks) so absolutely no moisture - and pour lead. solid brass cup hooks. fun side project and lots of uses.

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    update. More introduction to tools and techniques and SAFETY
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    all bulkheads and transom have been cut and shaped
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    transom sandwich glued and screwed
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    16' x 4' table is gone - I'm gonna miss that thing
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    So now we need to attach the natural lumber (cleats) to the bulkheads and then bring in the "boat building box"
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    and see if we can wire these pieces together.

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    Made cradle from plans for stations 3 and 8 and mounted on 8' long boat-building box
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    wired bottom panels after beveling inside edges as per designer's recs
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    unfolding always cool
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    Default Re: Lillistone's "Fleet" build

    as designer states - lots of tension in getting that plywood to twist 90 degrees. And more to come as we were about to find out.
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    and then kind of daunting task of getting them from ground to position
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    We put the transom on
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    And with the help of some European sawhorses and clamps we but the topsides on
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    Default Re: Lillistone's "Fleet" build

    I was considering a Devlin stitch and glue design but then realized the difficulty of handling the long floppy panels all by myself (at age 67).
    It's great that this is a father/son project and you have each other to help out.
    I built my first boat when I was your son's age oh so many decades ago.
    Tell him we're proud of him for taking on this project with you.
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    Default Re: Lillistone's "Fleet" build

    The next task of wiring the chine was fascinating and worrisome at the same time - really it was worrisome and then fascinating. Before the topsides are stiched to the hull the bulkheads #3 and #2 look very off in that #2 looks too short like the foredeck will not be level and will drain forward not and the foredeck pieces are not close to being right . Did we measure wrong? So, to those building this skiff, the designer gives good advice about lifting the aft aspects of the topside panels so the wiring can progress from bow to stern and as this is done the bow gets lifted up and the foredeck levels out. But not without a fight and some sweat.
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    Default Re: Lillistone's "Fleet" build

    Great work! Thanks for posting, I'll be watching. I think Fleet is wicked sweet boat. Light, efficient, and fast (she'll feel fast for sure!).

    What are you going to power her with?

    -Derek

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    Default Re: Lillistone's "Fleet" build

    My vote was for a 6hp but son vote was for more power so went with yam 9.9. Per designer boat is CG rated for a 25 but really is probably better with a 4 or six.

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    Default Re: Lillistone's "Fleet" build

    SWEET! I'm with your son, that thing is going to rip around!

    I assume it'll be nice to keep as much weight forward as possible. Maybe battery, extra fuel, and anchor stowed forward?

    as for trying not to be 'secret boat builder' when your son is gone, I'm sure he won't mind if you are a 'secret boat sander' when he's gone ; )

    -Derek

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    Default Re: Lillistone's "Fleet" build

    True words - sanding help - a never refused commodity always in short supply.
    Tip (possibly) for future builders - the 18 gauge copper wire is not strong enough in all areas of stitching - at least that's my opinion. I found some galvanized steel wire in 18 gauge that seems more appropriate. Had to jack up boat to take out some copper ties and replace to close center gap
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    waiting patiently (not really) for my student helper to finish closing the sides
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    Here's my build partner in a recent off topic but on the water pic in my Devlin Cackler which I built in 1999
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    sorry for neck twist - what I've learned is to try to avoid vertical shots for posting as they always flip.

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