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Tuffy Build

Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:26 pm
by Evan
Started today.

I got the plans in the spring, I was hoping to start a little sooner but things came up and I have less $$$ than I think I do.

Picked up some supplies between then and now, they sure don't give that 3/4 marine plywood away!

Managed to get some 14+ foot ash so no worry about joints, I had thought about going with oak but at 1.25 a BF ash wins.

Today I cut the gussets put and got the lumber ready for the wider pieces of the first 2 frames. It will take a day or so for the glue up as I apparently do not have enough clamps.

Not much time in but it was a start.

Re: Tuffy Build

Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:44 pm
by JimmY
Sounds like a good start.

Now, repeat as necessary. :D

Not sure what's available in Canada, but I picked up an arm load of $0.99 spring clamps at home depot. They've been handy to have around.

Re: Tuffy Build

Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:47 am
by mrintense
Harbor Freight has slide clamps for $3.00 US that are perfect for this type of work. You can buy 10 of them at a time for a little over 30 dollars.

Re: Tuffy Build

Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:02 am
by BayouBengal
I'll really look forward to following your build. The Tuffy is not a boat that has been built by many forum users; but I don't understand why. It's got great lines and is a nice medium size boat that would be very useful and fun.

I myself believe that I'm retired from any future power boat building (never say never). However, if I were to build another I think the Tuffy would be it because of a combination of liking the way the boat looks and happening to have in my possession a gold 1957 Johnson Javelin outboard that would be a perfect match for it. But for the time being, I'll just have to be happy living vicariously through your build.

Be sure and post lots of pictures!

Re: Tuffy Build

Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:37 pm
by Evan
Not sure why there are not many, I think it is a good looking boat.

We don't have harbour freight but Canadian Tire has some good sales on clamps here and there. I might have to take a run to a Home Depot to get wood for the form anyway, the places near me keep theirs outside.

I still have to get proper nails/screws, I hope to order those next week, that will give me time to glue these parts together and hopefully draw the layout.

Hopefully I can put something decent together.

Re: Tuffy Build

Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:40 pm
by Evan
I got the first frame drawn out and cut out the side pieces, they fit into the drawing so I guess that is a good sign.

I don't have my fasteners yet, hopefully by the time I get them I will have the other frame pieces close to ready so it will just be a matter of drawing them out to put them together.

Re: Tuffy Build

Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:19 am
by BayouBengal
It's always exciting cutting them first pieces of wood and seeing the frames in real size. Looks like you're off to a great start!

Re: Tuffy Build

Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:47 pm
by FarmBoat
Greetings All. I saw where someone said they didn't see many Tuffy's being built and had to reply.

I started two years ago, cut out all the hull pieces, fine tuned them and left the project upstairs in the garage. I meant to get back to it, but what got me back now is the story about the guy that took 17 years building a Lamborghini in his basement that I read. That's all it took. Retiring from the Army National Guard this year left a little more free time in my schedule too.'s where I'm at with no plans on slowing down. However, winter is coming; have to love Maine. I do have a monitor to get me through the outer plywood stage coming up. There's a temporary transom in the picture. Need to grab another sheet of ply soon.

Permanently attaching the stem as I speak...gotta run.


Re: Tuffy Build

Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:03 am
by BayouBengal
Welcome back to building, Jay! Looks like you're off to a good start.

Re: Tuffy Build

Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:39 am
by Evan
I am happy to see another one, especially one that is ahead of me.

I ended up getting my fasteners and got a frame put together, I was happy with the way it turned out. Unfortunately after that I came down with Lyme Disease so I have not been doing anything (at all) for a number of days now.

Hopefully I will get a bit of time in but hunting season is coming up which wont be ideal for boat building.

Re: Tuffy Build

Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:59 pm
by Evan
Seems I am poor about documenting. I don't have much time in, most of it is cutting a piece or two as I have a minute.

The form is built, frames are attached to it, one and two are level as they are supposed to be.

The transom and stem are cut out, I clamped the stem in place, it seems to line up.

The keel is there but I still have to laminate the piece of ply to it, the plans say 1 1/4. After the board was cleaned up I am just under an inch.

So far things seem to be going ok, I guess it could be building to realizing a big mistake.

I did break off the first one of those bronze screws, after that I started driving a screw of the same size prior.

Re: Tuffy Build

Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:48 pm
by JimmY
Looks like you're making good progress. Keep it up.

Re: Tuffy Build

Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:54 pm
by Evan
Slowly forward. I have the chine glued and screwed, except at the transom. I used boiling water and towels to help with the bend, nothing broke so I guess it worked. I did a few measurement checks just to make sure.

The cutouts for the chine went OK. The first one needed some fine tuning but the second was easier.

If I have a few drinks and try really hard I think I can see a boatish form.

It is still a long way off but I am planning to glass the bottom, is there any recommendation for the weight I should use?

Re: Tuffy Build

Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:59 pm
by hoodman
I used 6oz cloth. Haven't launched yet so I can't speak to ultimate durability but It didn't take a ton of epoxy to fill the weave. You're doing a great job on your boat! Tuffy is a cool design.

Re: Tuffy Build

Posted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:55 am
by BarnacleMike
I used 6oz on my Utility, and I've been happy with it. In retrospect, I'd use 4oz on any bright work such as the deck or transom, etc.