Follow by Email

Monday, April 30, 2012

Woodwork is done

I put the final pieces of wood on the boat.  It's the quarter rounds that mate the splash boards to the deck.  I'm still learning how to do obleque angles.  The floorboards are also in.  You can see from the blank screws where it just didn't quite line up.  I don't remember what boat these came from.  It's clearly not from this boat but one from the same era.
There are a number of odds and ends to tie up but essentially the boat is ready for sea trials.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Cool parts

I got the plug permanently installed and also the tiller rubrail.  Good stuff!

Friday, April 27, 2012

More brass

I forgot the most important piece pf brass on the entire boat!

And in the boat

Bow brass

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Getting there

I got the rudder fittings installed and the rudder hung on the boat.  

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Idle hands

One of the things I learned in my stint in the Navy was how to polish brass.  Two of the items pictured are quite unique to this boat.  The bow chainplate handle and the rubrail.  The rubrail sits on the aft deck and prevents the tiller from scratching the deck.  The chainplate makes it easy to pick the boat up.


I'm just about done on both boats.  Just housekeeping on both.  I'm ready to race!

Monday, April 23, 2012


I got the tiller and the hiking stick done.  I mimicked the Cates hiking stick for the end flare.  Gives you something to hang on to.  I got that shape by laminating oak strips to the the original stick and then shaped it with the rasp.  The tiller is also a copy from the Cates.

Saturday, April 21, 2012


Well, this boat is never going to rust.  I used ACE's hardware version of rustoleoum.  It's a hi gloss enamel paint.  Should do well in the environment.  I choose the ACE paint because they mix custom colors.   With rustoleum you have to go with what is in the can.  Beats paying 40 bucks a quart for Brightside.  Which is essentially the same stuff...    This happens to be the same color I painted my very first Ventnor back in the day...

I also got the rudder done

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Slow going

I got the bottom seams glassed but I don't have any pix.  I did get the rudder blank made up.  I had to make this in two parts because the entire blank would not fit in the planer.
Later on the same day...

                                                                          Still later..
                                                            Looks good to me.
                                                                   Glass on half
                                                           Glass on the entire CB

The next step is to sand the bottom and get some paint on.  Hopefully by the weekend.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

More boom

It actually turned out real nice.  I cut about 7/8 off the bottom leaving about 1/4 inch from the hole.  I ran all four sides through the table router then ran the boom down the table saw to get the opening.  It went right down the middle...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


I put the boom together.  The other day I cut a ten foot long Doug fir 2x4 in half.  I then routered out a groove down the center.  First problem was it shouldn't have been down the center.  Should have been near the top.  I'll address that later.  I put a long string down the center before I glued it.  After it was clamped together I tied a rag to the end of the string and pulled it through the groove to clear out any squeeze out that was inside.  I ran that cloth back and forth a few times.  The bore is clear...

Monday, April 9, 2012


Got three coats of varnish on the boat.  Actually, I'm not using varnish.  I'm using clear urethane.  It looks just as good, had the same or better UV protection, and it goes on much, much easier that varnish.  It's also 1/3 the price.  Can't beat it.  Now I know why none of the box stores carry varnish anymore.

Sunday, April 8, 2012


Made the boom today.  I got a 10 foot 2x4 straight grain Douglas fir.  I ripped it down the center and then Shane helped me route the groove.  One hiccup but it's not too bad.  I can look down the center and see light at the end so I guess it's not too bad.  I also got the first coat of varnish on the boat but my camera was set wrong so there is no pix.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

CB shape

Got the CB rough shape.  I'll work on this off and on until it's just right.  I used a NACA10665 shape.  Not sure what that means but it works for this blade.   One of my other favorite tools did this.  The electric hand planer!  Made short work of it.  I used the spoke shave to clean it up and the rasp to round every thing up.  I also put a coat of resin on the bottom.  That's going to substitute for paint primer.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Getting there

I got the boat flipped over.  The goal now is to get all the holes and gaps filled with Rockhard putty.  If you haven't used this stuff it's amazing.  It sets up in about an hour and is as the name says.  It's rock hard.  It doesn't shrink, crack or fall out.  It's also very sander friendly.  I also made a new mast trim ring.  The old one was just not as nice to look at as a brand new one.  The little quarter rounds I talked about in the last post just crumbled in my hands as  I was trying to clean them up.  I'll get some new quarters and see if they will fit.   The old ones have a 1/2 inch face but the base is only 5/8 wide.    

Thursday, April 5, 2012


I made the centerboard blank today.  I got some cedar from Lowe's.  I pick through the pile and find the ones with as few blemishes a possible.  I got lucky and found two 8 foot x 8 inch slabs.  I cut one in half then ripped it on the table saw about 1 3/16 inch wide.  Then I glued the whole thing together, let it dry, and ran it though the surface planer.  I'll find a NACA profile that fits and shape the blade this weekend.  I also found another gem.  I found the original 1/4 rounds that backed up the splash board.  They were in the pile of trash that accumulated on the floor of the shed.  I cleaned house today and there they were.  I'll clean them up and reuse them.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Another road trip

All the years that I spent working in Washington DC, You would think that I saw all the museums in the place.  Not so!  I happened to be down there today near Union Station and right next store is the US Postal Museum.  Very nice place to visit. Like all the other Smithsonian museums this one is first rate.  

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


I got three housekeeping chores done today.  First I made the deadman.  That is a chunk of wood that sits on the mast step and extends to the mast partner.  It's purpose is to allow a deck stepped mast to fit onto a keel stepped mast boat.  The old boats had a 17 1/2 foot mast that extended through the boat and stepped on the keel.  Most modern boats have the mast stepped on the deck.  A deck stepped mast is easier and cheaper to build...  Moth boat guys are all about cheap!  George A graciously offered to lend me a deck stepped mast.  The other two items are the tiller and the hiking stick.  All the above items were made from a slab of oak.  I cut 4 3/16 inch strips for the hiking stick and 8 1/8 inch strips for the tiller.  I cut a wedge to hold them apart at the fork that holds the rudder.

 I'll cut that flush with the trim ring when that gets installed.  I'll also put a 3/8 inch SS bolt down the middle and cut the head off to make it a pin.  That red stuff you see is blood.  My finger slipped on the table sander...
The pattern that I used is the Cates tiller in the background.