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by tsmitherman
Mon Jun 08, 2015 9:31 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: I Must Confess!
Replies: 21
Views: 4226

Re: I Must Confess!

Thanks for the comments, everybody. I'm not sure why but the photo shows up upside down on my post, but double clicking on it corrects it. Chugalug, the draft is 4-6. That was really the only negative thing about the boat for us. We wanted a shallower draft, but all boats are compromises. The sail i...
by tsmitherman
Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:00 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: I Must Confess!
Replies: 21
Views: 4226

I Must Confess!

OK, I admit it, I've gone over to the dark side. I didn't mean for it to happen, but it did. I bought a ....... PLASTIC BOAT !!! :shock: After the medical issues I've had the last 2 years, I began to question whether I wanted to spend the next 5 years in the backyard building a boat, or just buy som...
by tsmitherman
Tue Feb 24, 2015 3:43 am
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: Outboard Motor Choices
Replies: 8
Views: 4529

Re: Outboard Motor Choices

Bill, I've been running my Yamaha 4 stroke 115 hp on the fishing boat for 13+ years, and wouldn't buy any other brand. I had a faulty oil alarm switch early on (still under warranty), and replaced the water pump impeller once, and the spark plugs once. Other than that, just oil and lower foot grease...
by tsmitherman
Fri Feb 20, 2015 6:33 am
Forum: Human Power
Topic: Boat Building in Belize
Replies: 9
Views: 5444

Re: Boat Building in Belize

We had a good trip. Weather was great - 80s during the day and 60s at night, and we flew in to Birmingham on Tuesday night and were met with 29 degrees! I'd get the tanks as close to the placement shown in the plans as possible. I searched and could not find any shaped like those shown on the plans ...
by tsmitherman
Thu Feb 19, 2015 7:49 pm
Forum: Human Power
Topic: Boat Building in Belize
Replies: 9
Views: 5444

Re: Boat Building in Belize

Chugalug, Sorry to be so long answering, but I couldn't get a good internet connection in Belize. My gas tank is a 19 gallon unit. I made two seats, one on either side of the outboard at the rear corners of the cockpit. The gas tank is under the seat on the port side, and two batteries are under the...
by tsmitherman
Wed Feb 11, 2015 3:25 pm
Forum: Human Power
Topic: Boat Building in Belize
Replies: 9
Views: 5444

Re: Boat Building in Belize

Bill, Hope you and Lauren enjoy your trip - I hear it's beautiful there (Ambergris Caye). We visited one of the Cayes south of there in July, but only for a day trip. So incredibly gorgeous that it almost didn't look real! We'll be inland at the edge of the rain forrest on this trip, but hopefully n...
by tsmitherman
Wed Feb 11, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: Human Power
Topic: Boat Building in Belize
Replies: 9
Views: 5444

Boat Building in Belize

I haven't been on the forum much in awhile - been busy recovering from kidney removal surgery. I'm pretty much fully recovered now, though, and I have question: I'm headed to Belize in the morning to work a few days with a missionary couple from our church. There is a great need there in the schools...
by tsmitherman
Fri Jan 30, 2015 11:55 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Bo-Jest bulwark question
Replies: 10
Views: 4155

Re: Bo-Jest bulwark question

In one of George Buehler's books, I remember seeing something similar - basically a bulwark constructed of 2x4s laid flat and stacked to the appropriate height. I don't see any reason this wouldn't work, although forming a smooth, fair edge on the outer face might be a pain. I think I'd leave gaps i...
by tsmitherman
Sun Nov 30, 2014 2:07 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Happy Thanksgiving!
Replies: 2
Views: 1157

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope everyone on the forum had a great Thanksgiving Day (or weekend)!
by tsmitherman
Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:21 am
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: White Oak For Motor Rails
Replies: 10
Views: 5157

Re: White Oak For Motor Rails

All the above comments are good, but unless I've missed it, there is one important point that was not covered. When using epoxy on white oak, you need to use MINIMAL clamping pressure. The White Oak does not absorb the epoxy nearly as well as most other boat woods, and if you over clamp, it will sta...
by tsmitherman
Mon Sep 22, 2014 5:23 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Windshield wipers or not?
Replies: 1
Views: 1623

Re: Windshield wipers or not?

Graham, On my BoJest I used 1/4" lexan for all the windows, and did not install a wiper. I use Pledge furniture polish on the windows, which has the same effect as "Rain-X" products have on auto windshields. The Pledge makes the water bead up and run off, greatly increasing visibility, but I have to...
by tsmitherman
Sat Sep 13, 2014 6:49 am
Forum: Gathering 2014, Sept. 19-21, Guild, Tennessee
Topic: Who's Coming?
Replies: 58
Views: 18574

Re: Who's Coming?

Glenda and I plan on driving up on Saturday for the day. We should be there around noon. Unfortunately we won't be bringing a boat.
by tsmitherman
Sat Sep 13, 2014 6:45 am
Forum: Gathering 2014, Sept. 19-21, Guild, Tennessee
Topic: Gathering 2014 (G8) Name Tags - ATTENDEES PLEASE READ
Replies: 25
Views: 10183

Re: Gathering 2014 (G8) Name Tags - ATTENDEES PLEASE READ

Ray,
Glenda and I plan to come up on Saturday for the day.

Name: Tom and Glenda Smitherman
Boat: "Knot-So-Fast"
by tsmitherman
Mon Aug 25, 2014 5:25 am
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New Member from Columbus Ohio
Replies: 8
Views: 2773

Re: New Member from Columbus Ohio

Sounds like a neat project! I haven't looked at the specs for the Amp-eater, but any electric powered craft will need lots of heavy batteries in order to store enough power for extended cruising. I would imagine that if you look at similar boats with non-electric power sources, and compare the weigh...
by tsmitherman
Mon Aug 25, 2014 5:06 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: They say it happens in three's
Replies: 6
Views: 1892

Re: They say it happens in three's

Roberta,
I just saw this post. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
God Bless,
Tom