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My cypress skiff

Discussion in 'Pirogues' started by Boudreaux, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. Boudreaux

    Boudreaux Member

    Started building a small cypress skiff out of some old cypress that came out of an old house we tore down. This wood was on the ceiling of the house, it was about 1/2" thick tongue and grooved with a bead on one edge. These boards sat in an old barn for several years so they were pretty dusty so I pressure washed them which got most of the paint off. After they dried I removed all the old nails and tacks that held on cheese cloth/wall paper. I ripped the tongue and groove edges off and passed through the planer once on each side to clean them up. Boards came out 7/16" thick and 2 1/2" wide. I cut a ship lap joint on each edge and glued together panels with thickened West Systems epoxy.

    This is the link to pictures I took so far,
    Pictures are not in any kind of order.

    http://s1073.photobucket.com/albums/w39 ... nboudreaux

    I will post more as I go.

  2. Kayak Jack

    Kayak Jack Well-Known Member

    Ya dunn gudd, Buddy. I like to see someone take experienced lumber and re-use it. Maybe, while you're fishing on a quiet bayou one day, voices from the old house will seep out and entertain you. A song or two, or maybe a conversation, a family at supper in a summer evening. :) It's a thought.
  3. Boudreaux

    Boudreaux Member

    Worked a my skiff a little more on my 7 days off, got a lot done. I glassed the inside of the panels, made ribs and transom and mostly assembled the boat.took quite a few poor quality picture and posted them.
    http://s1073.photobucket.com/albums/w39 ... boudreaux/
    Now back to work for 7 days, next break hope to finish gunwales, sand and glass outside!
  4. Kayak Jack

    Kayak Jack Well-Known Member

    Looking good so far. Nice job.
  5. Boudreaux

    Boudreaux Member

  6. beekeeper

    beekeeper Well-Known Member

    Great looking boat. Love the wood and the clean lines. :)
    How long, wide,and etc.? Are you going to power it? What are you going to do with it, when it's finished?
    Would love to see the boat. Hope you can make the Rendezvous.

  7. Boudreaux

    Boudreaux Member

    It's 14' long, 32" wide at widest point on bottom, haven't measured beam, 14" high sides. I have a 1952 5hp Johnson outboard I plan to run on this boat, just put put around.
    What and where is this Rendezvous you mention?
  8. oldsparkey

    oldsparkey Well-Known Member

    The Skiff is sure a sharp looking boat and will be an head turner when it is completed. You might want to send a picture of it to Uncle John so he can post it on his web site in the Bayou Skiff section.

    The rendezvous information is here...
  9. Boudreaux

    Boudreaux Member

    I plan on sending Uncle John some pictures when I get done
  10. woodman

    woodman Well-Known Member

    Good looking ... sure is pretty wood...make a nice set of cabinets looks sorta like hickory...
  11. Boudreaux

    Boudreaux Member

    My wife thought it should have been used for cabinets also!

    BEARS BUDDY Well-Known Member

    Instead of a boat? That's just wrong. You can't hunt or fish from a cabinet. :mrgreen:

    Beautiful workmanship.
  13. mnormand

    mnormand New Member

    Nice build ! PM sent....
  14. FrankAS

    FrankAS Active Member

    Cabnet might make a nice pundt.
  15. Wannabe

    Wannabe Well-Known Member

    I would have loved to see how the finished off the stem.

    BEARS BUDDY Well-Known Member

    Looks great.
  17. jfreemanTMN

    jfreemanTMN Member

    oldsparkey; Boudreaux,

    Unfortunately, the link goes to an ERROR message. Downright HANDSOME cypress skiff, too.

    I wonder how much it would have to be "up-sized" to be safe with the 1955 Johnson 10HP OB that I already have??

    yours, jim
  18. oldsparkey

    oldsparkey Well-Known Member

    Pretty heavy motor so I would say it needs to up-sized a lot. ;)
  19. jfreemanTMN

    jfreemanTMN Member


    I'm sure you're 100% correct. = I'm just wondering how much it would have to be enlarged.
    (There's no shortage of water out there for a longer /slim craft.)

    There is 23 pounds difference in weight between a 1952 5HP & a 1955 10HP Johnson.
    (I knew it wasn't a great deal, as I've hand-carried both OBs.)

    Btw, be GLAD that you glassed that skiff. = I once owned a 16x5 foot all cypress skiff that 2 people could launch in the Spring & you needed a team of horses to recover in the Fall. = Cypress soaks up water like a sponge.

    yours, jim
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2018
  20. seedtick

    seedtick Well-Known Member

    pass by a place that sells boats and see what the recommended horsepower is for your size boat, or conversely, see what size boat will handle the size motor you are contemplating. Be sure to take into account the weight of the older motor vs. the newer ones.

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