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by watkibe
Fri Apr 03, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: New Sweet Caroline build started
Replies: 21
Views: 5139

Re: New Sweet Caroline build started

Wow, nothing like a stack of new plywood and a set of plans. I have my own project already, but I am still a little jealous. Sweet Caroline is a design I looked long and hard at before I chose mine. I look forward to pictures of your project, please !
Welcome to the forum.
by watkibe
Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New member, figured I’d introduce myself
Replies: 4
Views: 2620

Re: New member, figured I’d introduce myself

Welcome aboard ! The only way I get anything done lately is a little bit at a time. Big jobs aren't too intimidating if you just do little bits at a time every day. You are catching on young, haha. Keep that attitude and you will get 'er done. Many small parts of boat building are difficult and tedi...
by watkibe
Wed Mar 25, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: I will be turning wood into a Cabin Skiff soon...
Replies: 72
Views: 47615

too soon old, too late smart

I just realized that my work pants will take knee pads in pockets in the knees. Duh ! So much better than the kind I was using that Velcro on. I was adding duct tape to hold them... I just found the best way to make fiberglass/ epoxy putty joints. Really. Apply the fillet, and right away lay down th...
by watkibe
Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: I will be turning wood into a Cabin Skiff soon...
Replies: 72
Views: 47615

Re: I will be turning wood into a Cabin Skiff soon...

I feel better guys, thanks for letting me know my situation is actually not uncommon, haha ! The biggest pieces of lumber that I purchase of this boat project will be 2 - 6x6 by 8' pressure treated and 1- 6x8 x 10' for the door to get it out. It'll be cheaper than the okoume ply that the hull is mad...
by watkibe
Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: I will be turning wood into a Cabin Skiff soon...
Replies: 72
Views: 47615

Re: I will be turning wood into a Cabin Skiff soon...

That's funny, Andy ! I have had an unexpected burst of energy here lately, feeling urgent about getting the hull finished. My brother (the carpenter who specializes in doors) has promised to help with cutting the hole in the barn and building a sliding barn door. He has been by twice to look at it, ...
by watkibe
Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: I will be turning wood into a Cabin Skiff soon...
Replies: 72
Views: 47615

Re: I will be turning wood into a Cabin Skiff soon...

I have been wondering how to make a hard point in the bow for a big cleat and a big pad eye in the bow, since it is such a light boat. Then I realized that I also needed the blocking for the bow eye. I cut a piece of 2x6 to fit inside the stem from the bottom of the breast hook down far enough to ba...
by watkibe
Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:18 am
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: I will be turning wood into a Cabin Skiff soon...
Replies: 72
Views: 47615

Re: I will be turning wood into a Cabin Skiff soon...

I now know why I have been losing weight. I have a rare inherited neurological disease that cause muscle wasting, among other things. It won't kill me, but it will make me hate life unless I do enough PT and exercise. I have never been so glad to have a disease before; it is so much better than not ...
by watkibe
Mon Dec 23, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: I will be turning wood into a Cabin Skiff soon...
Replies: 72
Views: 47615

Re: I will be turning wood into a Cabin Skiff soon...

Hey Gayle, thanks for your kind reply. I hope they find out, too !
I have gotten out the partial bulkhead and the aft bulkhead, and they are almost completely fitted. My wife is back home now, so we have an epoxy extravaganza planned soon.
by watkibe
Fri Dec 13, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: I will be turning wood into a Cabin Skiff soon...
Replies: 72
Views: 47615

Re: I will be turning wood into a Cabin Skiff soon...

Its been a tough year: I have lost almost 70 lbs, and the doctors don't know why. Of course I am much weaker, I am down to my jr hi school weight, and I'm 66 ! They did find one thing, a pre-cancerous pancreatic cyst (that is not making me lose weight !?) that should remain benign disease for about ...
by watkibe
Sat Aug 31, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Three years on...time for some repairs & changes.
Replies: 25
Views: 9354

Re: Three years on...time for some repairs & changes. HELP!!

You missed the 4th thing that can happen by "misusing" a tool: you get the job done. My dad taught me to respect tools, never misusing or modifying them. I now disagree. The best mechanics I have ever known were all about getting the job done; if it meant you had to grind a wrench to fit in a tight ...
by watkibe
Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: I will be turning wood into a Cabin Skiff soon...
Replies: 72
Views: 47615

Re: I will be turning wood into a Cabin Skiff soon...

Thanks for the kind words, Gayle. Of course you may quote me; I am flattered that you think I'm quotable, thanks !
by watkibe
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: I will be turning wood into a Cabin Skiff soon...
Replies: 72
Views: 47615

Re: I will be turning wood into a Cabin Skiff soon...

Thanks, Tom and Bryan for the replies !
by watkibe
Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: I will be turning wood into a Cabin Skiff soon...
Replies: 72
Views: 47615

Re: I will be turning wood into a Cabin Skiff soon...

I got the motor well sides glued in finally ! For so long they were just set in place. The first (bottom) photo shows them, with the little jig I made to help during the glue up. Second photo is devoid of religious content, haha, it's just the top view of the motor well sides. Third photo is just be...
by watkibe
Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: I will be turning wood into a Cabin Skiff soon...
Replies: 72
Views: 47615

Re: I will be turning wood into a Cabin Skiff soon...

I should add that Sam Devlin was the guy who really got me interested in stich n glue, and Tracy O'Brien, both Northwest locals. Carl, one of your old comments refers to some large s-n-g boats being very stout. Devlin has designs up to around 35 feet. He has repaired enough boats after collisions to...
by watkibe
Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: I will be turning wood into a Cabin Skiff soon...
Replies: 72
Views: 47615

Re: I will be turning wood into a Cabin Skiff soon...

I'm not laughing yet, Carl. :lol: I won't turn mine until the topsides are essentially complete, minus the pilot house. When I do, the exterior will be raw marine plywood and copper wires that I will have to try to turn into a boat. All the interior seams have fiberglass epoxied in place now. At the...

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