Sunday 29 April 2018

Flying along - double paddle solo taking shape

This build is for my daughter, who is an absolute joy to paddle with and always makes me smile. So why not bring her along during the build and get her involved. No time like the present to give her some skills and experience.

Lowering the sheer, and giving it nicer lines than it got when first assembled. Lower in the middle, ends are kept higher for looks as well as seaworthiness.

First side trimmed with the cut off wheel.

Trimmed, nicer sweep and ready for rails

Left to its own, shape has relaxed.  To be narrowed when its railed


Ends trimmed off for gunwales to be fit at end, and glass thinned out for rails

New owner looking on

Thwarts and carry handles finished to thickness waiting for shaping

White boat trimmed in cherry started out exact same model, even yellow

New boat will be narrower and slightly lower midships, and trimmed in ash and purpleheart

Working on a  15' Peterborough Minetta that needed new rails and shape. From the factory it was 13' deep and only 31" wide, when it was intended to be 11" and 32" wide. New rails lowered boat and put back the proper shape.

This boat will be set up for solo work as well. Overall not bad shape, no smashed ribs and mostly planking repairs to be done before chemical stripping.

Lots of purple and ash chips 

Purpleheart and ash. Always turns a brownish colour right after milling, shortly returns to a vibrant purple as above. 

Back how it started out

Pride of ownership will be present when paddling this one.

Next up is seal and install ash rails, shape and install decks and thwarts. Lots of varnish then hull paint. Seat should arrive shortly, then paddling!

 Great memories of an evening paddle.

Purple hull trimmed in ash will make for a nice personalized boat.

Of course you build a boat for a girl that rides in the teacup with you!