Got the transom glued up… wound up having a couple of "tricks" to it, but I think it came out all right.

Probably the biggest annoyance was that I couldn’t quite get both sections from the MDO I had left without cutting my remaining full sheet. I had originally figured that five sheets would be required. I very nearly made it with just four. If I hadn’t goofed one piece way back when, I probably would have made it. Anyway, the cut fifth sheet should still be fine for part of the hull. Motor mount will also have to come from the MDO, so that may be the best use of my "cut" sheet. There are four layers  to be glued up, but no framing with it (I think). Should just be cutting four identical pieces.

One quibble I had with the plans is that it specifies that the dimensions on the bottom of the transom are to the outside edge (aft end of the boat). It actually has to be a slight bit larger inboard, due to the slope of the bottom. I allowed a little and intend to trim it down on the strongback… hopefully this will work out ok.

I find that my jigsaw (and the operator) has fits cutting an evenly curved line… I’ll have some sanding and shaping to do there. Not to mention that the baseplate on said jigsaw doesn’t want to hold at a 90 degree angle, so sometimes things are a bit "off" in that direction.

Anyway, all the frames and transom are cut and glued up!


Time = 2.5 hours

Frame F – the boat at its widest

Well, after the good luck with Frame E, tonight I moved on to Frame F, my other "problem child". This one actually came out even better than Frame E. I had been dreading both of these, since they just didn’t seem "right" when I tried to lay them out before. They weren’t, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought.

Frame F had a couple of pieces wrong by about a 1/4-1/2", but in every case they were too big. You know, it’s much easier to cut something down than try to add to it 🙂

Got the pieces laid out, trimmed up and then stuck together.

This covers a couple of milestones.

  1. This frame is the widest frame of the boat.
  2. This is the last full width frame I have left to glue up.

The only other frame type member are the transom(s). They are built about the same, but since its split across the motor well, they are only a couple of feet wide and solid panel with 1×4 backing.

Time = 2 hours

Frame E

Got one of my "problem" frames glued up Thursday night. Wound up that once I got it down on a work surface (a uncut piece of MDO) and carefully measured things out, I found that it wasn’t nearly as far "off" as I thought. Thankfully, most of the "wrong" places were oversize and could be trimmed down instead of the opposite. One place had a gap that I was able to fill with epoxy. I glued it all up, leaving the gap and then filled in the epoxy in the gap today between some other activities. Looks like it will work well.

I’m beginning to find other uses for this epoxy stuff 🙂 I had a couple of places on the new deck handrails (that’s been the other project in the last week or so) that needed some filling… had a little epoxy left in the last batch, so used it back there. I think it will work well.

Time = 2 hours

FreeCharge Weza

FreePlay is fairly well known for a wide range of human powered radios and flashlights. Things that may be quite handy on a boat or in a camping situation away from "shore power". If you are still going, then the light can be 🙂

A product that I hadn’t seen is their FreeCharge Weza Portable Energy Source. Its a fairly basic gel-cell lead acid battery pack that can be used to power accessories or to jump off a vehicle. It will accept 110V-220V AC and 13-21V DC input for charging (solar, wind, etc.) and if needs must, then there is a foot pedal and you can "pump" it until you have enough juice to get what you need done.

This is a slick idea and might be a good fallback item on my boat. It’s not going to power the propulsion motor (for long, anyhow), but it might help in getting a small generator started, or just to power accessories. Output is 3-12V DC. The fact that it weights in at less than 20 lbs. is nice also.

Duckworks is selling them, and I’m sure others do also, but let’s support our community where appropriate :-).

Amazing Small Boat

>>> Amazing Small Boat

Another "small boats" web site that has recently come active which I found a pointer to on the Duckworks mailing list. David is still getting content up, but it looks like it will be a good resource, especially if you are interesting in folding boats and various small paddle craft of that sort.

Get On The Water in an AMAzing SMAll BOat!


To those of us who love to be on the water.

Some of us don’t have the space or recourses for a traditional ‘hard boat’ .

Some of us just love the idea of portability for its own sake.

Most of us are a little of both.

Many types of boats fit the ticket, fold-ables, inflatables, canoes or kayaks. Anything that can be transported without a trailer!

On this website I will provide as much info as I can on the subject of portable boats and their uses. I will also provide links to products that I have used or wish that I could us.

If you want any of the products then please follow the links from this site. It will help me to support the site.

Thanks and happy boating!