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New guy around Toronto!

Post by Avisser » Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:37 pm

Hey all,

I'm in the Toronto area and hoping to put together a boat this winter. I explored maybe doing a Roustabout, but that's bigger then I'm ready to take on just yet, so I think I'm going to do a Squirt, it's the "toy" I'm looking for and matches what I want right now. Besides my 12 and 14 year old boys can pilot it solo if I keep it under 10hp.

Question I have though. I'm ordering plans soon and getting delivered to my in-laws in the states, then collecting whan next we see them... Saves shipping, so do I order poxygrip and a fastener kit at the same time? Should I add more to my order, we see them every 2 or so months.

Anyone have recommendations for lumber supply in Toronto?

Oh! One more.... Winter building, hoping to do framing and planking over the winter under a car-port tent and then be into paint and glass in the spring.... Does that sound insane in Canadian winter?

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Re: New guy around Toronto!

Post by DrBryanJ » Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:28 am

If the carport doesn't have heat, the epoxy will not set. I work in an unheated garage in New Jersey and have to stop in late Dec. Some years in Nov.

Building a malahini "Mona Lisa"

My wife said "If I build a boat, she's getting a divorce."
We're still happily married, but now she just wants "the dam boat out of the garage."

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Re: New guy around Toronto!

Post by Ibrew2be » Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:52 pm

I grew up in southern Ontario, a little west of Toronto, and agree with what Bryan said. As a practical matter, it's unlikely you would be able to do much building in the Toronto area in an unheated space past the end of November.

With that said, there are some things you might be able to work on indoors over the winter months. I'm thinking of things like cutting out and assembling the frames, cutting out the transom, transom knee, and stem, and milling all the wood for the keel, chines, sheers, and battens. That's basically what I did when I built my boat; I worked in the basement over the winter months to get things ready for use in the build when the temperatures warmed up, which in the Cincinnati area was toward the end of March.

Some of the Canadian builders have had favorable things to say about Noah's Boat Building Supplies in Etobicoke. They carry a full range of products including marine plywood and epoxy, fiber glass etc. You may want to check them out; with the Canadian dollar trading in the 75 cents US range, it can get costly purchasing things in the United States.

Best of luck with your build.

Barry Shantz

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Re: New guy around Toronto!

Post by galamb » Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:00 pm

Noah's Boatbuilding (on six points drive in Etobicoke) litterally has "everything" you could ever need to build a boat, canoe etc - wood, plywood (multiple marine grade choices), epoxy, hardware, fiberglass cloth etc.

Some of their items are maybe a touch pricey but when you factor in shipping from anywhere else and that, plus the convenience, balances everything out.

If you are going to buy the bulk of your building lumber at once it might be beneficial to get it from Monaghans' (just off Hwy 7 in Peterborough). Their prices a "better enough" that it's worth the gas money/time if you are buying in quantity.

Yes, Plywood is "real" wood :)

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Re: New guy around Toronto!

Post by Bill Edmundson » Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:43 pm

Rick at Noah's is good guy. I've met him several times. He even came to one of the Gatherings.

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Re: New guy around Toronto!

Post by Avisser » Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:28 pm

Probably hitting up Noah's tomorrow to buy plans and scope out their shelves :-)

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