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Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Posted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 11:52 am
by jpvernon
Hi All,

I had all but forgotten that when I was a kid, my grandfather had a boat.
Not only did he have a boat, but he built the boat himself.

I don't think that ever made sense to me back then,...but ironically, after finding this site, I want to build one as well.
Anyway, I live in a lake community in Northern NJ, and it doesn't allow any gas motors.
I also enjoy fishing, so I thought I should start with a small and practical build.
The RowMe seemed have the best of all options,...it's relatively small, it can be rowed, and it can also use a small outboard.
If this build goes well,...then I believe I'll try the Zip (at least that's the thought now,..but I'm getting ahead of myself).

I've ordered the plywood, as well as all the other lumber needed.
Still need to get the fasteners, the fiberglass, epoxy,...and a couple of tools.

I'll try to post pictures as I progress,..so wish me luck.

-John

Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Posted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 4:11 pm
by Moeregaard
Welcome to the party, John. My dad and I built a Zip (his 2nd) in 2008, and I just finished a pair of Can-Yaks. You can't go wrong with any of Glen's designs, and the product support is unparalleled. Take your time and just enjoy the build!

-Mark Shipley

Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 8:18 am
by Gayle Brantuk
Welcome John! It's really great to hear you plan on following in your father's footsteps. The Rowme is a great little design...

Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 10:20 am
by jpvernon
Moeregaard wrote:Welcome to the party, John. My dad and I built a Zip (his 2nd) in 2008, and I just finished a pair of Can-Yaks. You can't go wrong with any of Glen's designs, and the product support is unparalleled. Take your time and just enjoy the build!

-Mark Shipley
Thanks Mark!

Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 10:29 am
by jpvernon
Gayle Brantuk wrote:Welcome John! It's really great to hear you plan on following in your father's footsteps. The Rowme is a great little design...
Thanks Gayle! (actually it was my grandfather,..but that's okay) One of the reasons I decided to purchase the plans was the amount of support I saw from other builders,...as well as the support from you. I also appreciate that you go out to the meet-ups! That means a lot to people! I also see the excitement you show when interviewing the builders about their boats.

If only more companies would do the simplest of things,...show support and loyalty to their customers. Because when they do, the customers return that loyalty.

Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Posted: Sat Oct 15, 2016 6:58 pm
by jpvernon
Ugh! Still waiting for my plywood and lumber to be delivered.

Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Posted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 4:57 am
by jpvernon
Called the lumberyard yesterday.
The marine plywood is in,...they're just waiting for the lumber which should arrive today/tomorrow.
So it looks like I'll get it all delivered this Friday.

Picked up a ROS with a couple of different grades if sandpaper discs.
At the same time, picked up some adjustable clamps,...but I know I'll need many more.
Yesterday I purchased some new jigsaw blades, and some tracing paper.

Next purchase, a block planer, and the fastening kit from Glen-L.
Fortunately I've got the garage in the cleanest state it's been in for years.

Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Posted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:06 am
by hoodman
Sounds good! I'd go for something bigger than a block plane. At least a #4 plane.

Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Posted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 10:00 am
by DrBryanJ
I use a #4 plane a lot, but I also love my little block plane.

Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Posted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 10:02 am
by jpvernon
hoodman wrote:Sounds good! I'd go for something bigger than a block plane. At least a #4 plane.
Thanks Matt! I was in the local hardware store, and they had three. Didn't catch the sizes, but now I know what to look for.
By the way,...do you use an electric planer?

Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Posted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 10:04 am
by jpvernon
DrBryanJ wrote:I use a #4 plane a lot, but I also love my little block plane.
Okay,..now I could just google this,..but, I'm willing to ask.
What the difference between the two?

Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Posted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 10:55 am
by DrBryanJ
A Stanley #4 plane is about 9" long. Usually used with 2 hands generally used for smoothing. #4 is what most people think about when you mention a plane. A block plane is usually a smaller plane with a lower angle that can be used with 1 hand. Used for chamfers, end grain especially on curves, fine adjustments, etc. The one I use is 1 1/2 " long

Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Posted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 2:08 pm
by jpvernon
Thanks Bryan!

Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Posted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 3:20 pm
by hoodman
I don't use an electric plane. I actually have a #5 Stanley Bailey plane. I would recommend trying to find a #4 or #5 Stanley Bailey on eBay. They are relatively plentiful.

Re: Building a RowMe in New Jersey

Posted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 3:27 pm
by DrBryanJ
I do have an electric plane, but I'm afraid of it. I only use it to remove large amounts of material quickly. One I get near to where I want to be, I switch to my hand planes