Its A Boat!

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Over the last two weeks I have fitted and glued down all of the frames of Idle Hands and now I understand why they call this point in the build the “instant boat” phase. All in all, it took me about 20 man hours to get the frames fitted and glued down to the bottom board. Most of that time revolved around the construction of frame 6a. This frame is the forward face of the motor well and also where the outboard mounts so it has to be made correctly. In fact this is the only part of the boat that comes with a warning from the designer Mr. John Welsford – “Make this frame with care as the vibration of the motor may destroy any poorly glued joints.” This warning from the build manual was ringing in my head every time I looked at this frame. Not only is it a critical piece it is also complicated.

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This is the aft side of the frame. The motor mount has a doubler made of 9mm ply. I covered everything with a layer of 6 oz fiberglass and doubled the glass on the motor mount doubler.


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 Ernie is examining the forward side of frame 6a. The forward side of the motor mount is 20 mm mahogany from a piece I had laying around.

As I sit here tonight frame 6a is cooking in the clamps and by tomorrow it will be set. The next step for me involves filleting and a truly gawd awful amount of sanding, but for now I think I am just going to go out to the shop and stare for a while.

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2 thoughts on “Its A Boat!

  1. It’s great to see your progress. I’m currently drawing out my template for frame 6a, and I wasn’t sure from the plans whether the motor well portion of the frame (i.e., the top right portion in your forward view of 6a) is part of the same single piece, or whether the plans call for a horizontal piece, with the motor well portion being a doubler. Looking at your forward view, it seems like you made the motor well portion as part of the same single piece, and then reinforced it with additional doublers. Was this a design choice, or is that how you interpret the plans?

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