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Unconventional Barrelback 20

Post by GregHall » Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:02 am

Hey, I'm finally getting started on my Barrelback. I live in Rome, Ga., I've rebuilt cars, motorcycles, a couple boats and helped restore a couple airplanes over the years. When I was 16 I decided I was going to build a plywood hydroplane for an outboard but quickly discovered that the common plywood I had access to at the time was going to be unusable and the boat untenable. I have been working with wood since I was very young, my Christmas gifts at 11 years old included an electric drill, jigsaw and circular saw. I've built cabinets and furniture and currently I've been turning bowls.
In the late '80s, I fell in love with an iconic wooden boat while watching an Indiana Jones movie and decided that one day I wanted to own a Barrelback runabout but soon found out that an original Chris Craft was very much out of my league, financially speaking. A couple years ago I discovered Glen-L Boats and realized that a Barrelback was actually a possibility. As a single father with limited resources I knew it would still be a struggle, mainly because of the expense of an engine and transmission. I had even considered buying an inboard ski boat as a donor and while looking for a suitable boat online last week I found a listing 400 miles from home of two inboard engines with transmissions for sale at a very reasonable price. I made an offer that I didn't expect to be accepted and was surprised by the seller's response. We drove to Foley, AL, near Gulf Shores from north west Georgia and picked up what turned out to be a pair of Chris Craft 283 engines and transmissions as well as an additional Velvet Drive transmission.
So, now I am ordering a set of Barrelback 19 plans and hope to get started soon. My plan is to build my boat rather unconventionally and I'll explain that in another post.
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Re: Unconventional Barrelback 20

Post by Jimbob » Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:16 pm

Welcome to the forum!
Lots of barrelback builders on the forum. As any question, we are all here to help.
Now I'll ask mine. What do you mean by unconventional?

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Re: Unconventional Barrelback 20

Post by billy c » Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:42 pm

So are you putting both engines in the barrel back?
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Re: Unconventional Barrelback 20

Post by GregHall » Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:28 pm

By "unconventional" I mean I plan to build mine not from mahogany as is traditional but with white oak that has grown on my property and that I will mill myself. I may use mahogany for the final finish layer but I haven't decided yet. I may use flat- or rift-sawn white oak for the topsides and quarter-sawn for the main deck.
Jimbob wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:16 pm
Welcome to the forum!
Lots of barrelback builders on the forum. As any question, we are all here to help.
Now I'll ask mine. What do you mean by unconventional?

Jim
Building a Barrelback in Rome, Ga.
Never fly with anyone braver than you.
Never run out of airspeed, altitude and ideas at the same time.
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Re: Unconventional Barrelback 20

Post by GregHall » Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:29 pm

Building a Barrelback in Rome, Ga.
Never fly with anyone braver than you.
Never run out of airspeed, altitude and ideas at the same time.
www.youtube.com/c/austringercreations

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Re: Unconventional Barrelback 20

Post by GregHall » Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:31 pm

No, just one. lol. Who knows? If the Barrelback build goes well the other engine might end up in a Gentry later!
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So are you putting both engines in the barrel back?
Building a Barrelback in Rome, Ga.
Never fly with anyone braver than you.
Never run out of airspeed, altitude and ideas at the same time.
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Re: Unconventional Barrelback 20

Post by Jimbob » Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:41 pm

Hey Billy,
Thought your comment was pretty funny, but then I remembered a boat I saw at the Lake Tahoe Concours de Elegance boat show, and it's a barrelback. Pic below:
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Re: Unconventional Barrelback 20

Post by GregHall » Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:47 pm

Wow, interesting!
Jimbob wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:41 pm
Hey Billy,
Thought your comment was pretty funny, but then I remembered a boat I saw at the Lake Tahoe Concours de Elegance boat show, and it's a barrelback. Pic below:
Building a Barrelback in Rome, Ga.
Never fly with anyone braver than you.
Never run out of airspeed, altitude and ideas at the same time.
www.youtube.com/c/austringercreations

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Re: Unconventional Barrelback 20

Post by billy c » Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:55 pm

Jim -That must sound pretty sweet
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Re: Unconventional Barrelback 20

Post by Bill Edmundson » Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:00 pm

Greg

Greg Hall we'll be watching. You need to come to the Gathering in September. Not far for you. Lots to see and learn.

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Re: Unconventional Barrelback 20

Post by billy c » Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:01 pm

Greg-
Sounds like you have some ideas as to what you would do construction wise. You will change your course many times throughout the build, so the best start is getting your frames assembled. Read as much of the building blogs out there. Most of all is post as you go
Billy
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Re: Unconventional Barrelback 20

Post by GregHall » Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:10 pm

I do plan to come to the Gathering, we aren't far at all from the Chattanooga area.
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Greg

Greg Hall we'll be watching. You need to come to the Gathering in September. Not far for you. Lots to see and learn.

Bill
Building a Barrelback in Rome, Ga.
Never fly with anyone braver than you.
Never run out of airspeed, altitude and ideas at the same time.
www.youtube.com/c/austringercreations

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Re: Unconventional Barrelback 20

Post by GregHall » Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:11 pm

I do plan to blog the build, I have a Youtube channel (www.youtube.com/c/austringercreations) where I will post videos of my build.
billy c wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:01 pm
Greg-
Sounds like you have some ideas as to what you would do construction wise. You will change your course many times throughout the build, so the best start is getting your frames assembled. Read as much of the building blogs out there. Most of all is post as you go
Billy
Building a Barrelback in Rome, Ga.
Never fly with anyone braver than you.
Never run out of airspeed, altitude and ideas at the same time.
www.youtube.com/c/austringercreations

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Re: Unconventional Barrelback 20

Post by hoodman » Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:13 am

White oak is great framing material. Add in the fact that it's from your own property and that's even better. Have fun with your build!
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