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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #100 on: August 31, 2012, 03:44:33 PM »
Yeah,  weird superstition.  All my watercraft are she's.  Name it with honor and love.  Can't go wrong.
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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #101 on: August 31, 2012, 05:23:13 PM »
I knew I'd get the Jenny comment and love it.  Thanks fellows just didn't want to do the taboo. Got love Forest! Had to gO to a family B-day party I forgot about so pics later thanks again!

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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #102 on: August 31, 2012, 07:17:44 PM »
I have found out that fiberglass with poly resin is not my gig. It is cheaper and will work but unless your into sanding for a while just use epoxy. I have learned alot from this build. One is that I'm able to make something that looks like a boat. Tomorrow after a little touch up I should be in the lake by noon. 2ND is that you can build one straight out of the Depot if wanted or needed. There are run lines in the glass work. But after talking to an old Cracker he said it wouldn't matter your just gonna beat the hell out of it anyway! True, So I will build my next with quality materials and epoxies. This was just to see what I needed to learn or spend more time on. Thanks for the support and comments. After I'm done and hit the lake I'll post more pics with a stability report. Good night y'all







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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #103 on: August 31, 2012, 07:24:33 PM »
That turned out great I think. I can see myself falling out of it. Job well done!

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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #104 on: August 31, 2012, 07:52:03 PM »
Awesome man.  I hope it works well on the water for you. 
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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #105 on: September 01, 2012, 11:02:36 AM »
Ok waiting for the little guy to get up from his nap and then off to the lake. The thawarts are temp untill I can figure out my balance point for my seat.


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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #106 on: September 01, 2012, 11:21:55 AM »
That boat looks sweet.  You did an awesome job on that.
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« Reply #107 on: September 01, 2012, 12:01:12 PM »
That looks great, can't wait to hear your water report!!

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« Reply #108 on: September 01, 2012, 02:48:32 PM »
That looks great, can't wait to hear your water report!!

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« Reply #109 on: September 01, 2012, 02:59:06 PM »
Had a blast. This thing will turn on a dime and drafts a mere few inches. A little wobble but not bad or like a canoe. I did slip for a second but manage to stay in the boat although the bride enjoyed it. Oil base paint can be slick. I can only imagine how much I can carry in this thing. It paddles a lot faster than I was expecting considering the rough finis on the bottom. It paddle through the weeds with no effort and quite stealthy. Well here a few pics I've got to put the meat on the smoker for the game tonight.Go FSU!









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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #110 on: September 01, 2012, 04:01:43 PM »
That boat looks great in the water glad to hear the maided voyage went well. An for the name of boats a lot of the fishing/shrimpin boats were named after ladies.

I think you need to modify the rear and drop the 10 horse from the gheenoe. LOL
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« Reply #111 on: September 01, 2012, 04:14:26 PM »
You could mix up a little sand with some paint and put another coat down on the area you walk along and that would help out with the slick surface.
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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #112 on: September 01, 2012, 04:24:47 PM »
Zammer I was gonna research if there was a less course or size so that when I'm kneeling it is not painful. I wear shorts unless it's below 65F.


Greyhound that would be a lot of fun but we would have to video that one.

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« Reply #113 on: September 01, 2012, 04:32:34 PM »
Zammer I was gonna research if there was a less course or size so that when I'm kneeling it is not painful. I wear shorts unless it's below 65F.


Greyhound that would be a lot of fun but we would have to video that one.

Seems I read somewhere that you can use that coating for pickup truck beds found at auto parts stores for the same purpose.  I don't know if it has any sealing qualities about it though.  (And I'm not sure if it is available in other colors besides black, or if it can be dyed)  We used some for a non-slip surface coating on a platform at work and it worked quite well....

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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #114 on: September 01, 2012, 04:40:30 PM »
Dano it's a good idea. I'll see if you can get it in white. Any dark colors will cook you alive down here.
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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #115 on: September 01, 2012, 06:14:49 PM »
That looks great, cool project, great job.

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« Reply #116 on: September 01, 2012, 06:38:46 PM »
Very impressive project. Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #117 on: September 01, 2012, 07:03:28 PM »
Zammer I was gonna research if there was a less course or size so that when I'm kneeling it is not painful. I wear shorts unless it's below 65F.


Greyhound that would be a lot of fun but we would have to video that one.

Hmmm...didn't think about the kneeling part, that could be a problem, what about a small piece of closed cell foam? the blue stuff folks use for a sleeping pad? just throwin some alt ideas out for ya
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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #118 on: September 01, 2012, 07:54:50 PM »
That is awesome. I couldn't imagine you're anything but satisfied with that cool boat.

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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #119 on: September 02, 2012, 11:35:07 AM »
What, no pole?
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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #120 on: September 02, 2012, 11:57:03 AM »
That is so awesome!  I only can imagine to build something that sweet!
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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #121 on: September 02, 2012, 01:25:47 PM »
Acara I was in a deep lake. The area Im hoping to gigging this weekend will be poling territory.

Matt thanks its good from afar but it could be better. It really wasn't that hard if you could build that hammock stand this is in your realm.

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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #122 on: September 02, 2012, 02:51:50 PM »
That's pretty neat project and you did an excellent job on it. It looks great and best of all, it floats and keeps the water out.
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« Reply #123 on: September 02, 2012, 02:52:42 PM »
Just kiddin'  ...... I''ve usually only taken one of those out at ENP or Aligator alley.

FWIW .... I never found a comfortable position, other than poling in those ....so let us know if you manage to figure one out.
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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #124 on: September 02, 2012, 03:23:46 PM »
Well kneeling to paddle is pretty comfortable it handles no diff than my old town. I'm gonna be using it during bow season so I'll due some longer paddles. When I was on the lake yesterday some guys were in a ski boat making a pretty good wake and I had no probs navigating through them.

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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #125 on: September 05, 2012, 08:45:31 AM »
Wow!  That's great it turned out so good.  It's always neat having a piece of gear you custom made yourself.  Thanks for the great thread.  It was nice to follow...

oh...one more thing...Boomer Sooner!  :D
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« Reply #126 on: September 05, 2012, 09:11:24 AM »
 :thumbsup:  for a job well done. 
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« Reply #127 on: September 05, 2012, 01:22:11 PM »
Thanks guys!

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« Reply #128 on: September 05, 2012, 03:53:35 PM »
Outstanding! Ive enjoyed every bit of this thread. You really did a great job. I was going to suggest the sand in the paint idea as well but zammer beat me to it. If its too uncomfortable maybe you could just lay one of those bathtub mats in there for grip.

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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #129 on: December 01, 2012, 10:46:36 AM »
Well the brownie points wore off for naming her after the bride so now for a proper paint job!





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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #130 on: December 01, 2012, 10:52:15 AM »
Good job.  Looks great.  She's still Mrs. Kelly though. ;)
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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #131 on: December 01, 2012, 10:55:42 AM »
Man,Swamp....that looks GREAT!   That is a really good swamp/camo job.....most I see make the boat stand out from its' environment, rather than blend in.  If I were a duck, I wouldn't have even commented ???
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Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #132 on: December 01, 2012, 11:00:24 AM »
That paint job is impressive!
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« Reply #133 on: December 01, 2012, 11:13:04 AM »
Suh weet paint job!
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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #134 on: December 02, 2012, 01:45:27 PM »
Nice looking skiff! A few years ago (damn, hard to believe it was 30 years ago), I read a book about Ralph Monroe who was one of the earliest settlers on Biscayne Bay in south Florida. he developed a type of sailboat called a sharpie. I found some plans for one and decided to build one.

I scaled it down to about 16' and using the stitch and glue built one up out of marine plywood using 3 1/4" layers, the middle layer being cut and and glued (epoxy and glass) at 45 degrees to the other two layers. the bottom was cross planked. i used an old daggerboard, mast and sail from an old sun fish boat and sailed it for quite a while on the lake at our cottage in northern Ontario.

nothing like messing around with small boats! 
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« Reply #135 on: December 02, 2012, 01:49:09 PM »
Nice looking skiff! A few years ago (damn, hard to believe it was 30 years ago), I read a book about Ralph Monroe who was one of the earliest settlers on Biscayne Bay in south Florida. he developed a type of sailboat called a sharpie. I found some plans for one and decided to build one.

I scaled it down to about 16' and using the stitch and glue built one up out of marine plywood using 3 1/4" layers, the middle layer being cut and and glued (epoxy and glass) at 45 degrees to the other two layers. the bottom was cross planked. i used an old daggerboard, mast and sail from an old sun fish boat and sailed it for quite a while on the lake at our cottage in northern Ontario.

nothing like messing around with small boats!

Sharpies are the in South FL waters like the Keys' flats.  Great boats for the waters.
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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #136 on: December 02, 2012, 06:43:03 PM »
That boat looks great.

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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #137 on: December 09, 2012, 10:10:32 AM »
Took the skiff on the Machete & Pot challenge. I think Daywalker said it was a 10 mile run. Handled great but on tight corners swung me around a little. With the flat bottom I learned to lean in and dig the edge in and it worked out. So that was my first long trip and enjoyed it. I snag some pics from the other guys when they get back of her in action.

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« Reply #138 on: June 14, 2013, 09:17:49 AM »
Here they are.









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« Reply #139 on: June 14, 2013, 09:35:41 AM »
That boat is soooo FL.  Gotta find a container to soak the ply to bend.

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« Reply #140 on: June 14, 2013, 10:03:44 AM »
So very, very cool. I missed this thread last year.
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« Reply #141 on: June 14, 2013, 10:07:40 AM »
I really like it. I'm gonna build a seat like a canoe in it and I've got to start on a kitchen box that I drew plans for. Been a lot of fun to play with.

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« Reply #142 on: June 14, 2013, 10:14:26 AM »
I meant to add above, that I really liked seeing your method for keeping the angle the same when marrying up the edges. Maybe it's a standard technique, but it was new to me.
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« Reply #143 on: June 14, 2013, 11:52:30 AM »
Very cool, loves the progress repost, and step by step.

Wasn't here last year, but glad it got bumped back up.

Nice job......

Reminds me I have an Uncle Johns pirogue "kit" to build one of these days....might just give me the inspiration to get started.
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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #144 on: June 14, 2013, 12:19:08 PM »
Very cool, loves the progress repost, and step by step.

Wasn't here last year, but glad it got bumped back up.

Nice job......

Reminds me I have an Uncle Johns pirogue "kit" to build one of these days....might just give me the inspiration to get started.
http://www.unclejohns.com/boat/

Please do! I almost pulled the trigger on that prior to this build. I'd still like to build one but if I do the wife will make me sell something. 3 boats in the garage and all my other stuff leaves her little room. And she still gets mad when I tell her that her room is in the kitchen lol! Just kidding.

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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #145 on: June 14, 2013, 12:31:33 PM »
Very cool, loves the progress repost, and step by step.

Wasn't here last year, but glad it got bumped back up.

Nice job......

Reminds me I have an Uncle Johns pirogue "kit" to build one of these days....might just give me the inspiration to get started.
http://www.unclejohns.com/boat/

Please do! I almost pulled the trigger on that prior to this build. I'd still like to build one but if I do the wife will make me sell something. 3 boats in the garage and all my other stuff leaves her little room. And she still gets mad when I tell her that her room is in the kitchen lol! Just kidding.

One can never have too many boats,........
Thankfully I don't really have to deal with DW giving me a bad time....I don't give her one so she has been supportive....LOl

Was at the boat store, trying to put together a package deal on a modified Jon boat motor trailer....I had been dragging her around with me, and she spots one already set up......and says, "Honey, why don't you just buy that one,.....it's already done".

Gotta love it.
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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #146 on: June 14, 2013, 09:34:26 PM »
Mines been very supportive.  I think when the transom on my flats boat interferes with opening the dryer on laundry day it aggervates her a little.  ;)

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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #147 on: June 14, 2013, 09:39:06 PM »
Awesome build.  Me likey.

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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #148 on: June 15, 2013, 12:33:45 PM »
Love home built boats yours is exceptional!   :thumbsup:

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Re: Building my Everglades Skiff
« Reply #149 on: July 01, 2013, 02:34:06 PM »
SwampHanger

Very nicely done.  There is something about building you own boat..!

When I lived in Alaska a friend of mine used to race in the Yukon 500.  One of the rules was that you had to make your own boat.  I used to watch him when he built Yukon river boats.  When I moved to Ketchikan, I decided to build a river boat.  It was a whole family project.  When I got it done, I made many trips, to the out lying islands, since it was a flat bottom boat I could go places that the "Deep V" boats could not.  That boat with a 15 hp motor, would take me fishing almost ever day for a week on 5 gallons of gasoline.

Thanks for sharing .. "pole the pirogue down the bayou"   .