14' Drifter in West Bloomfield Michigan

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nivek
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14' Drifter in West Bloomfield Michigan

Postby nivek » Sun Jan 05, 2014 3:56 pm

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.
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Three forms and the transom done
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transom
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Regards,
nivek

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Re: 14' Drifter in West Bloomfield Michigan

Postby kmashood » Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:41 pm

Hey Nivek,

Looks great. You put as much care into the boat as you did building frame and it's going to be beautiful.

I am in about the same spot. Just mounted the transom today. I will work on the stem and breasthook a bit tomorrow.

I went with marine douglas fir ply and white oak for the transom frame, stem, tray, etc. Will probably stick with that throughout ( a bit pricey but it looks great) and will figure on a stain pattern later.

Check out:
Drifter 14' by Dave Barnes, Morgan Hill, California
http://boatbuilders.glen-l.com/drift-bo ... Ueajp.dpuf

Dave has some nice building shots and a few custom add ons. I like the reinforced floor in the bow and the stern as a standing platform. Might be bear to clean out from under though. I'll have to give that some thought.

I'll post some photos soon.

PS- The wood specs call for 'cleats' and all I can find in the blueprints and plans are 'tray cleats'. What is the difference?

Kelly

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Re: 14' Drifter in West Bloomfield Michigan

Postby nivek » Sun Jan 26, 2014 4:11 pm

Here is my update. Slowly but surely!!!

It took me two attempts to properly cut out the stem
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It also took me two attempts to cut out the breast hook
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Re: 14' Drifter in West Bloomfield Michigan

Postby kmashood » Sun Jan 26, 2014 5:40 pm

Your stem and mine look nearly identical, which leads me . Your breasthook looks better- cleaner and absolutely flush with the stem. I had a hard time getting the varied angles between the glued section and the top front section (I believe one was a 25 degree and the other @ 45 degree) to blend nicely where they come together. I figured it will be covered by the shear anyhow so I will fuss with it more when I get to that point.

Keep up the good work. K

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Re: 14' Drifter in West Bloomfield Michigan

Postby kmashood » Sun Feb 23, 2014 1:01 pm

Hi Nivek,

Check your private messages. I have a couple questions on your breasthook and stem.

Kelly

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Re: 14' Drifter in West Bloomfield Michigan

Postby areame » Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:41 am

Looking good. Cool shop by the way

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Re: 14' Drifter in West Bloomfield Michigan

Postby tgauthier » Mon Feb 24, 2014 8:10 am

Hi Nivek,

Looks like you are off to a great start. Thanks for posting the photos and I am looking forward to watching your progress.

FYI - you are located in my backyard, kinda.. I retired as the Fire Marshal for West Bloomfield and now the Fire Chief in Bloomfield Village. I built a "Zip" and live on Sylvan Lake. Please feel free to contact me anytime and you are always welcome to come on over to take a look or go for a ride.

Welcome to the Glen-L family,

Ted

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Re: 14' Drifter in West Bloomfield Michigan

Postby nivek » Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:42 pm

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.
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positioned the stem on the strongback
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I'm having a great time working on this. I wish there were more hours in the day :-)

Regards,
nivek

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Re: 14' Drifter - update and a question

Postby nivek » Mon Mar 24, 2014 1:16 pm

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...not sure how to explain it).
So before I steam the chines and shears, my question is about the strength of epoxy and screws. If I epoxy and screw the chine into the middle form first and let it dry; then come back and force the chine into place. Will the epoxy and screw hold the chine in place, or will it just tear apart and make a mess of it all? There will be a lot of tension in order to keep the chine sitting in the notches at the correct angle!

Any opinions?

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Regards,
nivek
Last edited by nivek on Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:27 am, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: 14' Drifter in West Bloomfield Michigan

Postby nivek » Tue Apr 01, 2014 3:07 am

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.
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