Building a RowMe in New Jersey

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Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Postby jpvernon » Tue Nov 22, 2016 8:55 am

Thanks Bill! Yes, the foam sheets didn't seem all that expensive,...so I think I will go that route.
Good idea on drain plug,...need to find that as well.
- John

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Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Postby Bill Edmundson » Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:37 am

John

The foam is available at most upholstery supply houses. Glen-L has the plugs and sleeves. Can find plug in most sporting good departments. Boaters loose them all the time. No more foam than you'll need the sheets aren't that bad$

Bill
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Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Postby jpvernon » Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:58 am

Thanks for the info Bill! Will look into that.

Last night, it was 27 degrees here in Northern New Jersey,...so the going is pretty slow now.
Then there's that four-letter thing called "work".
- John

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Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Postby jpvernon » Tue Nov 29, 2016 2:10 pm

Have all the seat uprights completed as well as the seat supports attached to the uprights.

Finished the transom,...and decided to lower for a motor at some point. 5 HP is the most HP to use.
I have an electric motor, but may look into a used 5 HP at some point.
I also have the motor mounts finished and attached as well.

Need to attach the transom, then fillet the inside seams,..after that, it's fiber glass the inside seams.
Brought the foam sheet needed for flotation.

I'm not looking forward to ripping the 14 ft mahogany board for the sheers,...mainly because I don't have a table saw.
I may have to purchase one or build a table and use my circular saw.
- John

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Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Postby JimmY » Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:23 am

Hi Jp,

Sounds like you're making good progress.

While I have a table saw, my shop was too small to get a 14" board through it for my sheers and chines. I hauled them over to a friends shop who was glad to do me a favor. I would check around with your neighbors or work colleagues to see if someone can help you out. Or maybe a local woodworking shop (e.g., Woodcraft or Rockler) or lumber yard.

Later,
-Jim
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Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Postby jpvernon » Thu Dec 29, 2016 3:59 pm

Finished the transom finally and just wired it in. The boat is officially and totally wired. Now onto fillets.
- John

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Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Postby jpvernon » Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:56 am

Finally able to start working on the rowboat again.
Over the weekend, I added the fillets and the next day removed all the stitches.
Hey, what do you know, it didn't fall apart.

First batch of epoxy mix for fillets a lesson on "what not to do".
Subsequent mixes were fine.

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Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Postby jpvernon » Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:38 am

Wow,..my last post was June,..time is not my friend.

I managed to epoxy fill the gaps on the inside seams.
I had had some problems with the bow where my boards just were not meeting enough.
Luckily,...with a little tape on the outside covering the small gap, I was able to epoxy fill the gap.

I've started sanding the inner seams to smooth the epoxy fill enough for the fiberglass tape.
Now I see,...this will take some amount of time,...longer than I had thought it would.

I had a thought to sand the inner seat areas, clean, then epoxy coat, then fiberglass those seams.
Then I can install the flotation foam and install the seat.
It'd sure give me a sense of progress,....but part of me wants to sand the whole inside first.

I have pictures,..but need to find the time to post so you can see the progress.
Hopefully my next update doesn't take another 2 months.


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