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by nivek
Tue Apr 01, 2014 3:07 am
Forum: Human Power
Topic: 14' Drifter in West Bloomfield Michigan
Replies: 9
Views: 6497

Re: 14' Drifter in West Bloomfield Michigan

Well against my gut, I decided to commit without steaming. I epoxied the chines to the stem first. Let them dry and then glued them to the first form/rail brace. Form by form I'll make my way to the transom. [url=https://flic.kr/p/mA6fhB][img]https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3801/13512919843_c704333b7...
by nivek
Mon Mar 24, 2014 1:16 pm
Forum: Human Power
Topic: 14' Drifter in West Bloomfield Michigan
Replies: 9
Views: 6497

Re: 14' Drifter - update and a question

So I installed the keel. It went on nicely. I now have the chine temporarily clamped in place. It bends nicely around the three forms until I try to force the ends downward onto the stem and transom. This makes the chine twist backwards out of the notches cut on the form corners (if that makes sense...
by nivek
Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:42 pm
Forum: Human Power
Topic: 14' Drifter in West Bloomfield Michigan
Replies: 9
Views: 6497

Re: 14' Drifter in West Bloomfield Michigan

Hey thanks ted. I may take you up on that! Unfortunately I don't have much time to work on this; so not much progress to show. I did have to re-cut the breast hook. I threw away a few of these trying to get it just right. http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5535/12730400763_361bb7d6d7.jpg http://farm8.sta...
by nivek
Sun Jan 26, 2014 4:22 pm
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: 14' Drifter in Oregon
Replies: 5
Views: 1255

Re: 14' Drifter in Oregon

Looks good! I'm jealous of all that space you have. I can barely walk around my boat. Being a bit of a perfectionist; it took me a couple of tries to get the breast hook correct. I may even re-cut the lower breast hook again (see my pics). Let me know how you do! I saw your question about the cleats...
by nivek
Sun Jan 26, 2014 4:11 pm
Forum: Human Power
Topic: 14' Drifter in West Bloomfield Michigan
Replies: 9
Views: 6497

Re: 14' Drifter in West Bloomfield Michigan

Here is my update. Slowly but surely!!! It took me two attempts to properly cut out the stem http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3686/12161412513_6c8b27c773_z.jpg It also took me two attempts to cut out the breast hook http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5493/12161830336_1673e814cd_z.jpg http://farm4.staticflic...
by nivek
Sun Jan 05, 2014 4:01 pm
Forum: Human Power
Topic: Transom - 14' Drift boat
Replies: 5
Views: 3678

Re: Transom - 14' Drift boat

I went ahead and started a new topic "14' drifter in West Bloomfield Michigan"
Check out my pics!
by nivek
Sun Jan 05, 2014 3:56 pm
Forum: Human Power
Topic: 14' Drifter in West Bloomfield Michigan
Replies: 9
Views: 6497

14' Drifter in West Bloomfield Michigan

I finally started my drift boat. I thought I would start to share some photos. I used some saw horses that I already had to create the setup form. I laminated 3/4" plywood to create the 1 1/2" thick strongback. http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2886/11717267914_f1c7b13940.jpg Three forms and the transom...
by nivek
Thu Jan 02, 2014 12:17 pm
Forum: Human Power
Topic: Transom - 14' Drift boat
Replies: 5
Views: 3678

Re: Transom - 14' Drift boat

Other than the plywood; I decided to build it using whatever my home depot offered. So I am using a clear pine! For the plywood; I am using a marine grade douglas fir. I was even going to use deck screws, but the shortest deck screw available is 1 1/4". So I just ordered some 7/8" and 1" bronze scre...
by nivek
Thu Jan 02, 2014 8:56 am
Forum: Human Power
Topic: Transom - 14' Drift boat
Replies: 5
Views: 3678

Re: Transom - 14' Drift boat

I am also starting the 14' drifter. I have the setup, form A,B, and C, and the transom built so far. My transom will be three layers thick (two layers of 1/2" ply and one layer 3/4" hardwood). I will put the last layer of 1/2" ply on after the longitudinals and side planking. I started with 1/2" ply...
by nivek
Thu Dec 26, 2013 3:55 pm
Forum: Human Power
Topic: 14' Drifter: steam bend the chine and shear?
Replies: 4
Views: 3480

14' Drifter: steam bend the chine and shear?

Is there any benefit to steam bending if you don't actually need to? I believe that people are building the drifter without steam bending! But would the inner chine and shear be stronger or more stable if steam bent? My logic is: if the wood is not fighting to spring back, then it must be better! If...
by nivek
Wed Nov 20, 2013 2:53 pm
Forum: Epoxy
Topic: Using epoxy in a poorly insulated garage during winter
Replies: 3
Views: 1935

Using epoxy in a poorly insulated garage during winter

I would like to start my first boat project this weekend and winter is approaching quickly. I've never worked with epoxy! I heat my garage with a kerosene heater. On a 30 degree day, I can get the garage heated to 72 degrees at best. Whenever I need to spray or use flammable material, I kill the hea...
by nivek
Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:20 am
Forum: Human Power
Topic: ply on frame versus strip-planking
Replies: 7
Views: 6093

Re: ply on frame versus strip-planking

Yes, I had a similar idea. I thought about reducing the thickness of the plywood sides and then strip-planking on top of the ply. This in theory would reduce the amount of labor in half compared to a traditional strip planked boat (no interior fairing of the planks). This is also appealing to me bec...
by nivek
Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:32 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: United States Coast guard approval
Replies: 3
Views: 1633

Re: United States Coast guard approval

thanks...I ended up looking at the USCG website...found a link to a boat builders handbook...I need to read more thoroughly but found this while skimming: This is in regards to capacity markings. FEDERAL LAW: 183.21 Applicability. This subpart applies to monohull boats less than 20 feet in length, e...
by nivek
Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:46 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: United States Coast guard approval
Replies: 3
Views: 1633

United States Coast guard approval

If I were to build a drift boat and sell it, would l need official approval? I know that when were fishing on lake Erie, one of the first things an officer looks at is the official metal tag which describes capacity, etc. Would a small craft like a drift boat require this official tag? I just found ...
by nivek
Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:00 am
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: Cheers! Kevin from Michigan.
Replies: 8
Views: 1819

Re: Cheers! Kevin from Michigan.

That response was for Ted from Pontiac I guess. I was trying to be vague. If your from my area (Oakland County), then Cass lake, Orchard Lake, Union Lake, etc. is known as the lakes area. Being new to forums, I didn't want to give out my home address :)