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Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 8:55 am
by jpvernon
Thanks Bill! Yes, the foam sheets didn't seem all that expensive, I think I will go that route.
Good idea on drain plug,...need to find that as well.

Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:37 am
by Bill Edmundson

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$


Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:58 am
by jpvernon
Thanks for the info Bill! Will look into that.

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

Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 2:10 pm
by jpvernon
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.

Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Posted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:23 am
by JimmY
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.


Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Posted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 3:59 pm
by jpvernon
Finished the transom finally and just wired it in. The boat is officially and totally wired. Now onto fillets.

Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:56 am
by jpvernon
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.

Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Posted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:38 am
by jpvernon
Wow, 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.

Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Posted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 12:14 pm
by jpvernon
Been over a year since my last post.
I kind of got stuck on starting the inside fiberglass.

After getting over being intimidated, I started with one small area.
Not as bad as I feared,....and now I just finished fiberglassing all inside seams.
Also have the front and middle seats filled with flotation foam and then sealed.

Next up, need to rip the sheers, install the inside sheers, install the breast hook and the transom knee.
Then flip and fiberglass the hull. Then it's onto sanding and painting.
Oh and somewhere in there, install the skeg.

Next update,...ah, who knows.