Page 1 of 5
Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:16 pm
I am currently building a Squirt and just ordered the Stu's Surf SUP. We have a place in Mexico and my wife wants it so she can paddle round the Caribbean. Should be a fun build. While I'm waiting for epoxy to cure on the Squirt, I can go into the basement and work on the board. I'm fiber glassing the hull on the squirt now so there is some down time, not to mention the bad weather, so the basement will at least be warm. One thing that seems funny to me is there are much more instructions for the board than there is for the Squirt.
Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 11:39 am
The Squirt is from a different era, Ron. I was pretty impressed with the details of the instructions too...
Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 3:42 pm
What size SUP did you go with Ron? I've been thinking about doing one this summer as well.
Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:10 pm
I got Stu's SUP which is 9"6" long and 30 5/8 wide. I got the one with more rocker since we'll be using it in the ocean. Thought it would be easier in the small waves we get on the Caribbean. I'm 6' and almost 200 lbs.
Posted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 5:48 pm
Too cold today for final epoxy coat on the Squirt, so cut boards for the SUP. For the deck I'm using African mahogany and redwood. Need to get more mahogany and some basswood tomorrow. Got a feather board from Rockler, and boy does that make a difference frm my home made board. And a glass of Hot Damn to take the chill off from the storm that went through here today. Also, great practice for when I do the deck on the Squirt.
Posted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 6:21 pm
Looks great so far!
Posted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 6:59 pm
Here's how I'm bending the deck stringers. You just have to tilt the ladder enough so it can hold the weight of the wood. I had all of them up and added the last two, then they all fell on my head. Wife heard me talking to the stringers and came to my aide. Once all were up, I wet the area were they bend and I'll hope for the best. Should be easier than the bend for the chines and shears on the Squirt.
Posted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:57 am
It looks great, Ron! What is a glass of "Hot Damn"?
Posted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:21 am
It is hot cinnamon schnapps. Great winter drink
Posted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:09 pm
Good to know! Hope you're not working with power tools!
Posted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 5:17 pm
The final 2 planks were epoxied this afternoon. I've used redwood and African mahogany for the deck and will be using basswood for the bottom. Tomorrow I'll start fairing. Couldn't find 3.7 oz fiberglass locally so I ordered some. This has been a great project for the times I'm waiting for the epoxy to cure on the Squirt.
Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:53 pm
Deck is done and a rough trim done. Need to add another coat of epoxy to the inside and add a block to the nose for the vent, then put the bottom planks on. Since the boat won't be ready for the gathering at Lake Powell in July, we'll take the SUP so we have something to play with.
Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:14 pm
Ron - Trying to look close but the picture is vague. Is there a way for expanding and contracting air to move from compartment to compartment between the ribs? This is going to be water and air tight. Being in the sun it will expand and contract. You don't need it to pull itself apart.
Looking great. You have twice as many ribs as mine
Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:24 pm
There are limbers ( guess that's what they're called on a board) cut in each rib on both sides of the main spar. Haven't gotten to that yet
Posted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:38 am
Ronb172 wrote:There are limbers ( guess that's what they're called on a board) cut in each rib on both sides of the main spar. Haven't gotten to that yet
That is why I did not see them. Carry on. Looking great. I really like the strip construction. Mine was designed for solid mahogany ply.
You will quickly find out that this is a lot of exercise on the water crammed into short time frames!!