20ft Texas Barrel

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Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Postby steveh41 » Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:51 pm

Agree! QuickFair is quick to set and easy to sand... use Easy Fillet if you want a structural component.

BTW really great looking first layer hull lamination :D

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Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Postby BayouBengal » Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:52 pm

Matt, when I glued the Sapele veneer to the plywood planking on my boat, I used SystemThree GelMagic and spread it with a carpet glue trowel, and I think it worked pretty well. I've seen no delamination with use on the water in the hot sun, and I've had no delamination during the recent freezes (the boat is kept in an enclosed garage, but it's not climate controlled and temperature inside has been in the low 40's)

By the way, I was thinking about you a few days ago. At the Gathering you played Wagon Wheel and I asked which version you liked best, Old Crow or Darius Rucker. I'd listened to one after the other and I like the Old Crow vocals best (raw and twangy), but the fiddler for Rucker is top notch.

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Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Postby Hercdrvr » Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:08 pm

AirBus 321 training and Barrelback construction this year so no time to expand my guitar playlist so it’s Wagon Wheel again next Gathering.
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Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Postby alycat » Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:38 pm

Lookin great!! Congrats on the first layer!!
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Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Postby Hercdrvr » Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:10 am

I’m plowing my way through the 2nd layer of planking, and was thinking about drain plug location. Where do all you inboard builders put the drain? I was thinking 2 drains, 1 on each side of the keel just forward of the engine. I don’t see too many transom drains on straight inboards.
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Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Postby Bill Edmundson » Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:41 am


I don't have them on the Tahoe. I rely on the pumps. The plugs you are referring to are called garboard drains/plugs. I have them on the Bartender. I wish I didn't have them. They leak.

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Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Postby Rich Coey » Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:33 am

I have 1 garboard drain with a limber through the keel. You are past the point of easily adding a limber so 2 would probably be the way to go. I don't know about the Barrel Back, but on the Monaco the lowest point is just ahead of the front seat.


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Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Postby mrintense » Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:34 pm


You've made good progress while I was away. It still amazes me that you are on your third build and such a beautiful design at that.
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Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Postby neel thompson » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:24 am

Matt,,,, I have two bronze garboard drain plugs in the bottom of the boat, one on each side of the keel about two inches forward of the transom. I think when the boat is on the trailer that is the best place for them. I keep the trailer jack cranked pretty high so any water will run aft. Just so you know, they don't alter the performance of the boat at all. The plugs are almost flush as I found plugs that go in with a large allen wrench.

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Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Postby slug » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:49 am

I have a wet/dry vacuum cleaner I use (rarely)! It doesn't leak.

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Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Postby Hercdrvr » Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:12 am

I like your idea. The only time I ever drain water out of a boat is right when I pull it out of the water and it’s sitting uphill on the boat ramp. Makes sense to have them in the back. Good to know 2 little holes back there won’t upset the boat on plane.

I commend all of if you who keep water out the boat, I however consistently drain a gallon or two of spray water out. Maybe that says more to my helmsmanship than shipwright skills.
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Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Postby Jimbob » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:18 am

Don't forget about rain water. Mine was covered, but water still got in. I always stored the boat with the drain plug removed and the front of the boat raised up on the trailer. I have a garboard drain on my build. Original boats had a bronze plug in the bottom of the boat, but it must have been a pain to remove and replace the plug.
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Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Postby jenko » Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:57 pm

I used two at the transom either side of the keel and they drain on the boat ramp also with jockey wheel fully raised when stored
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Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Postby Hercdrvr » Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:54 pm

Ok, that’s it then, 2 drains aft.
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Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

Postby hoodman » Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:43 pm

Hi, Matt, I've been following along but realized I hadn't commented yet. The barrelback is looking great! Sorry I missed your malahini at the gathering!

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