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I thought it might be good to do a kinda resume list for the board.

I have been messing around with building and rebuilding boats for about 35 years.

My first rebuild was a 16 foot fiberglass on frame double paddle canoe (that I used single paddles on). I got it when I was about 15 and used in on Lake Joyce in Va. Beach. That was in the early 70's.

Next was a 16 foot folbot single kayak from a kit. It was made of vinyl over juniper frames. I still have it if anyone is interested in buying it for a cheap but fair price. 1981 or so.

Next I rebuilt a wooden sailfish sailboat, which was more or less a sunfish with a flat deck like a giant surf board. I spent many evening sailing off of Chic's beach figuring out just how far you can push a boat before it goes over. 1984

Then there was a 16' plywood dory that is still in my shed that I build in about 1986 it is is the Dynimite Payson design. 1/4 inch plywood on oak frames. Your basic mini tank that can take any seas that you can row in.

About the same time I built a 16 foot DK16 kayak that is 3 mm okumbe plywood stitch and glue type of boat. A pict of this is on the kayak board on a thread titled building our own.

Next was an 8 foot marine ply on oak frame pram, based on a John Gardner design. Build over a 3 year period starting in 1990, kids and all you know. It was put to good use as a tender when I kept my sailboat 350 yards off shore in the middle of the river down the street from my house.

The there was a drought. But I did put in a new keelson and transom on my 16 foot Starcraft fiberglass bow rider. That happened about 1998.

Now I am in the middle of (the wife claims obsessed with) of building two more DK16's only this time they are DK16 XLs out of a sense that I kinda out grew the weight clasification of my original DK16 over the 20 years that I have owned it.

I am a West Systems kind of guy but have resorted to polyester resin and have no problems at all dealing with gelcoat. I have most woodworking tools that a body would think about using and am willing to aid a fellow builder with a cut here or there, etc. where necessary. I live in Poquoson so you boys in Hampton, Newport News, and York County are welcome to stop by the shop and check on the progress.

So that is who I am . . . .who are you.

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1 of 3 of our project boats-

25' 1966 Bertram. It had twin I/O's. Restored with twin 225 optimax's. It cruises around 34 kts.

 

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Next would be my 27' 1963 Chris Craft. The sides were cut down, stringers replaced, gutted, rebuilt, had twin inboards and now 2 225 four stroke merc saltwater series motors.

Its got the floor in it now-Im too lazy to take pics.

That would be me on the bow...



And now....

 

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Here is a pic of newest boat a 2001 36' intrepid with twin yamaha 250's
Not to brag but it is sweeettt.

 

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The black boat in the picture is the first project boat we ever did. It is a 1973. It has a 200 hp Mariner.
 

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Wow. Awesome. That's all I can say. You guys are miles ahead of me. You've seen my resume. That's it. Last summer was my starting point for learning the craft and late fall was when I started my first build. I'm an old rookie (almost 53) and can't tell you how impressed I am with your accomplishments. It also looks like this new board is coming alive. I would say that after about 6 months, if all goes well, maybe we should plan our first annual event. Jim
 

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They all look like SWEEEEEEET rides rrr, nice work. I am partial to the bertram. I would love to redo an old 31 classic someday.

I agree Jim, they are lightyears ahead of me as well. RESKEWED was my first go at it.
 

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Both of you are doing an awesome job. Me and my dad have worked on them all and needless to say they all take along time. The black boat was basically just built from scratch like my workboat but the bertram is restoration. We got the bertram going in about 9 months. It is much faster then a total rebuild since you have old measurements/reusable parts.


Jim, great idea about the meet. We should get all of our boats that we built altogether once finished.
 

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rrr - I hope you know how fortunate you are to have a dad with the patience to teach you so much. Mine (Dec 1920 -Jan 1989) was a WWII South Pacific Campaign veteran from Arkansas and could do just about anything... rewire a house, plumbing, carpentry, rebuild an engine, whatever. He was like Daniel Boone when it came to hunting, fishing and crabbing. He moved here in 1952 and I was born in 1954 but spent many childhood summers on my grandfather's farm in Arkansas. I first ran a trot-line in Arkansas - except it was for catfish using chicken livers. For dad's generation from the Depression era and very poor deep South... that was survival. His mother died of TB when he was only three and he was raised by his dad with 4 other siblings and literally had nothing but he always had a great sense of humor and positive outlook. He passed away when I was about 32 but I think about him every day, especially when I'm outdoors or using my hands. Yours is oviously something special too. He brought you up right and taught you many other other great traits. - Jim -
 

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Jim,

I am very thankful. You story is very touching and much like my father. He used to be a builder for about 30 years. He knows alot about fishing and can do just about anything. My great grandfather used to live in Wisonsin but my grandfather and my dad and I have all lived in Elkton Maryland. I don't think I could have grown up anywhere better. I live on the water so I know just about everything about driving a boat (got my license when I was 7) I can fish and crab and drive a boat really good-I learned everything from him (except stuff about crabbing which I figured out myself). Thanks for the support Jim.
 

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rrr- Dad and I used to camp at Elk Neck Stae Park when I was a kid... about 50 yrs. ago. I used to catch white perch by the dozens and we caught big channel cats at night time off of the beach. i loved that park. Jim
 

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Interesting thoughts.

My Dad describes himself as a "glorified mechanic". He ran a construction company with his 2 brothers for years; just retired (stopped getting a paycheck) at 77. He taught me loads about tools, mechanics, & finesse with machines. I've developed further in certain areas, but he laid the foundation. His father was a very mechanically gifted farmer/mechanic - maybe it's in the genes.

As far as my boat building resume:
- Pygmy kayak kit - 17' Queen Charlotte (stitch and glue plywood/epoxy)
- Wooden Boat School - wood & canvas canoe building with Jerry Stelmok
- 17' West Greenland skin-on-frame kayak
Underway - Simmons Sea Skiff 18 - like Jim Rockfish's project (he's farther along)
Wish list: wood & canvas canoe, adirondack guideboat, etc. etc.

Thanks all for the photos and stories. They are really inspirational!
 

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DDan - Did you gt your stem laminated? Jim
 

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1975 222 Aquasport

Learned everything about boat building from my dad and next door neighbor(aka Pop). I grew up in Wanchese, NC around all of the custom sport fishing boat builders. My neighbor and my Grandfather(who died when I was in the 1st grade) started working with Buddy Davis in the 70's. My dad joined Davis's in the 80's , worked with Sportmans and Ricky Scarborough. He meet Craig Blackwell while working at Davis's became good friends and followed him when he started his own business. My dad had to quit boat building due to the glass bothering his skin.

My first project was a an old 14ft fiberglass tri-hual, my cousin found it abandoned on a small sand island with no stern. She had planned to use it as a net boat but never got around to fixing it. Gave it to me and it's been my hunting/fishing boat since 1994. It now is my project boat now, and I hope to have it redone in time for duck season.

Back in 2000 I bought a 1975 222 Aquasport, I think I want to close off the stern and add a bracket, and hard top. But me and the wife just had a baby boy 30 days ago so I think that will have to wait a while.
Classic Aquasport
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DP - Welcome to the board, our new friend, and thanks for sharing your story. My grandfather took me out for a ride on one of those big Arkansas lakes on his 16 ft. runaboaut around 1960. I was hooked from that point forward. My oldest daughter said that my grandson Jarret was just picking out stickers for his bookbags. He found ones with boats on them and wanted them because of Pop (me). He goes crabbing with me sometimes and loves boats (too). Looks like Aquasport has a bit of a cult following. One thing so great about the WW Internet as it matures - is the communities of interest, where you can connect with others that enjoy the same pursuits. We spent many summers on Topsail Island NC and I hope to build a vacation home in partnership with my wife's brothers near there one day on a piece of property that the family owns. Welcome and we look forward to hearing more about your stem replacement and other builds. Don't be afraid to ask for advice. rrr, Tom Powers and the others have a wealth of practical experience and are more than willing to share their knowledge. Incidentally, my dad's cousin owned the Ouchita Boat Co. in Arkansas, which later became Ranger Boats. Jim
 

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Jim - your right about the cult following with Aquasports. I didn't know about it before I bought the boat, I just liked the lines. It's funny Ricky Scarborough lives down the road from my parents and he still has his 1985 Aquasport 222. It's the same haul style as my 1975 with a few upgrades of course.
The guys on the Classic Aquasport site are really cool and love there boats. I need to do some TLC to mine, she sitting in my parents yard in Wanchese rightnow. It's hard to use when your on deployment overseas.
 

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DDan - Did you gt your stem laminated? Jim
Yes. I have stem, floors, & motorwell/transom complete. I have ply for bottom & 1st side strake scarfed. I'm chasing down wood for keel & chines. Next, I need to start assembling - which means I have to move outdoors. I'm going to Maine for 2 weeks starting this weekend - then after Labor Day I'll put a push on to get things assembled. I hope to have it at least moveable (i.e. bottom complete & rolled-over) before it gets too cold to use epoxy outside. I'm going to be forced to use a tent in the backyard for building.
 
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