Looking A Little Blue

June 3rd, 2015

I have started to paint the pram.  The sides are an off white and the bottom and ribs are Largo Blue.  I am using Interlux Brightsides one-part polyurethane and it is very easy to use.  Looking_BlueI am using the roll and tip method to get a very nice finish.  Roll and tip is where the paint is applied with a foam roller then brushed out to remove orange peel.  On the bottom between the runners I used a foam brush and then the paint brush to smooth it out.  The Largo Blue is a bit more blue than I was expecting but it does look good.  Once the painting is done on the inside I will install the inwale, seat riser, stern knees and fore deck.  These will be painted before installation and then touched up.  I am really hopping to have the boat in the water by the end of the month.

Lofting the Katy Dink

February 19th, 2015

I have been looking for a tender for my Campion 602 to use on my boat trip this summer.  What I need is something that is small and light so I can store it on the foredeck and be able to lift it on and off easily.  I had been looking at Skin-On-Frame prams when I saw Williams Atkin’s Katydidn’t.  Petey Dink is John Atkin’s updated version for cold molding.  I had build a Petey Dink at the Center for Wooden Boats when I took John Guzzwell’s cold molded boat building class.  I found a copy of the plans in the January 1936 issue of MoToR BoaTinG.  Katy_DinkI put the table of offsets in a spreadsheet so I could convert the feet-inches to inches.  I also changed the Heights ‘LWL to Sheer’ to ‘Base to Sheer’ so it would be easier to draw.  I lofted the Katydidn’t, which I call Katy Dink, in TurboCAD.  Katy Dink is 6 feet 6 inches long and was originally stripped planked with 3/8 x 1 inch strips.  I would strip plank her in 1/4 x 3/4 Western Red Cedar strips like I used to build my Puddle Duck canoe.    For the bow and stern transoms I am thinking of either Yellow Alaskan Ceder or Port Orford Cedar, for the keel CVG Douglas Fir, for the inner and outer gunnels Yellow Alaskan Ceder and for the seats Yellow Alaskan Ceder or Port Orford Cedar.  The boat would be glassed inside and out with several coatings of varnish.  All I need to do now is start looking for 7 to 8 foot lengths of Western Red Cedar to make the strips out of.

Scraping, Scraping, Scraping

December 16th, 2014

2014-12-13 09.55.55 (Medium)The scraping continues with the pram turned over.  The bottom has been scraped, sanded and sealed with TotalBoat Penetrating Epoxy from Jamestown Distributors.  TotalBoat was easy to work with and when thinned with denatured alcohol turns almost to water.  I used a ratio of 1:2:1; 1 part hardener, 2 parts resin, 1 part denatured alcohol.  I heated the boat with a space heater prior to the application of the the first coat and gave the pram a total of two coats.  Once the epoxy started to gel, I scrapped off the excess on the transoms and the sides.

With the pram turned over I have removed the deck to give me access to all of the hull.  It was quite interesting to see all the different paint colors.  I am using Citristrip and I have used up the third half gallon.  I think that I will need one more half gallon to finish.  I have completed the first strip on the entire boat and the second strip on the forward half.  The forward half looks very good but there are a few minor spots that I would like to clean up before I start sanding and sealing.  I hope to finish the second strip next weekend.

Chris-Craft 10-foot Utility Racing Pram Kit Boat Restoration Begins

November 20th, 2014
Stripping 60 Years of Paint

Stripping 60 Years of Paint

I have started the restoration of my Chris-Craft 10-foot Utility Racing Pram Kit Boat.  The pram was built by a Boeing engineer and my dad bought it in the early 60’s.  We called it the lake boat because we took it fishing at Sun Lake Park Resort in Eastern Washington.  The first step was to take it out of storage and get it to the RiversWest Boat Shop.  Most of the paint has been removed and the pram has been bright red, blue, white, yellow and ivory in its lifetime.  The last color scheme was ivory with brown trim.  I am thinking the paint scheme will be white or ivory with brown trim to bring it back to what it was just before the restoration.

I plan to power it with my 1967 Johnson 6hp and later try to find a Johnson or Evinrude 1950’s 5.5hp.  I plan to use it on the Willamette and Columbia rivers and the local lakes.  I think that it will be a blast.

Outboards: the Old and the New

August 21st, 2014

Two_Outboards (Medium)Summer is almost over but I was finally able to pull two of my outboards out of storage.  In the foreground is a ’67 6hp Johnson 2 stroke that has not run for years.  I pulled the lower unit to replace the impeller; the old impeller was toast.  I pulled the flywheel to check the coils and points; both looked good so they won’t be replaced but I will reset the points.  With new oil in the lower unit I am almost ready to fire it up.  I need to change the connector on my 6 gallon tank from a hose bard to Johnson/Evinrude style and mix up some fresh gas 50:1.  Maybe it will be running this weekend.  There are many little things that I need to do to this motor like filing off some rough spots on the propeller, change the oil seal in the lower unit, new spark plugs and paint touch up.

The second outboard in the background is a ’07 9.9hp Mercury 4 stroke that I picked up used.  I will run it to warm it up and then I will change the lower unit oil and the engine oil.  As long as I set it up correctly it starts on the first pull.  I have a new 4 blade propeller that I am going to put on it and use it as a kicker on my 602.

I built the outboard motor stand last spring.  Having the motor stand makes it a lot easier to work the outboards.

Nearly Prefect Breadboard

December 5th, 2013

The holidays are a time when I bake bread, pies and rolls to share with my family.  To aid in preparing the dough a breadboard is needed and breadboards have gone the way of the buggy whip.  breadboardI was on my way to buy some hard Maple for a bread board when I stopped at the local Ikea for some Pastej Lax or as we call it, fish paste; when I stumbled upon the Lamplig Chopping Board.  For $10 this cutting board was turned over to make a nearly perfect breadboard.  The lip catches the edge of the counter and does not slip around when I am kneading the dough.  The backside is a little rough so you might have to clean it up with sandpaper.  For a real breadboard I would like it a little wider than the 18 inches and a little longer that the 20 3/4.  For only $10 I can live with it being a little on the small side.

Inside Glassed

March 27th, 2012

The inside of the canoe was glassed last week. There are a few ragged strands of glass at the stems but I will sand most of those out. I was pleasantly please with how stiff the canoe was when the epoxy curried. Only two coat of epoxy were used on the inside so there is texture to the glass that will make a non-skid surface. I am going to do scuppered gunwales as described at http://www.michneboat.com/Gunwales.htm. I cut 6 pieces of 3/8 x 3/4 out of a 2×2 by 16 foot Alaskan Yellow Cedar. My gunwales will be a little smaller than I wanted but they will still look great on the canoe. Most books recommend hardwood for the gunwales but I like the look of AYC and it will complement the Western Red Cedar well. There were some knots in the AYC that I will have to splice out. Since the strips are 16 feet long and the canoe is only 13 feet long, there will be at least 2 feet left over from each strip. I might have enough strips to double up on the outer gunwale. I estimate that I will need 10 feet of the 12 that will be cut off of the strips to make the blocks that are part of the inner gunwale. I think that I will have a 12 inch block where the center thwart will go and use 3 1/2 blocks with 3 1/2 spaces elsewhere.

For the thwart, deck and bulkhead I will be using Port Orford Cedar. I have 2×12 board that I have been saving for the canoe. I am in a quandary on the shape of the thwart. I could do a simple thwart or I could do a carved thwart that would be more practical for carrying. I will have to decide in a few weeks. Alaskan Yellow Cedar and Port Orford Cedar both have a strong smell when they are cut. The Port Orford Cedar is more spicy and the Alaskan Yellow Cedar is more musky smell. The boat shop was quite aromatic.

For the seats, I have a second 2×2 by 16 piece of AYC that I have cut into two 3/4×1 1/2 strips. I think that I will start with a woven cane seat using plastic cane. I talked to someone who cane’s at last year’s San Diego County Fair and he said that it was hard to get good quality cane anymore and he uses plastic cane for anything that will be outside.

Sanded and Sealed

January 21st, 2012

After two moves last year, the canoe in storage for 4 months and sitting 5 months in my living room; I have started working on the canoe again. I finished sanding the inside just after Christmas and finally was able to make time to seal the canoe. The idea of sealing the cedar strips is so that you have a uniform color when apply the fiber glass cloth. The process is simple and was recommend by a fellow canoe builder. Put a thin coat of epoxy on the hull and let it soak in, once is starts to set, scrap off all the excess. I then filled all the cracks and crevices with epoxy thickened with cedar wood flour. Once the filler has set, scrap off any excess and wait a week for it to cure before a light sanding with 120 grit. The next step it to cut the fiber glass cloth to size.

Oar Rack with Oars

January 15th, 2011

The Portland Boat Show is going on right now and I made an Oar Rack to show off the oars that were made in the Oar Class that I taught last spring.  The pair of oars on the very right are the ones that I made during the class, the next pair were made my Russel Smith, the second from the left were made by Michael Simmons and the oars on the very left were some that were in the shop that I used to demonstrate how to leather an oar.

We used Alaskan Yellow Cedar to make the oars and used Daly’s Seafin Aqua Spar Clear Polyurethane Varnish for the finish.  Russel put on more coat to give the oars a nice warm yellow color to the oars.

The oar rack is made out of kiln dried Douglas Fir that I picked up at Building Material Recycling and was build in an afternoon.

Scraping and Sanding

January 2nd, 2011

I have started the scraping and sanding of the epoxy on the canoe.  I used a cabinet  scraper to get the most of the lumps off and then went over the area with a random orbital sander.  I still have to make one more pass and then I will put another coat of epoxy on to fill the low spots.  I will try using the cabinet scraper when the epoxy is green to see if I can reduce the sanding later.