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Truck Boat

Discussion in 'Boat Bragging Board' started by beekeeper, May 7, 2012.

  1. beekeeper

    beekeeper Well-Known Member

    This one fits into the truck without the bed extender. It is handy to load and go. I still have to finish it, but it works like it is.

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  2. Kayak Jack

    Kayak Jack Well-Known Member

    Looks good, BK. Lots of room for beer & fish. As you deplete one, you add the other. (Is this one a gift for anyone? Cause, I'm waitin' here in line, ya know. Bear's Buddy tried to elbow in, but I tripped him.)
     
  3. loafer

    loafer Well-Known Member

    getting better and better Bee
    soon you will have it right
    or is there such a thing
     
  4. oldsparkey

    oldsparkey Well-Known Member

    That is one sharp looking boat. I especially like what you did with the sides of it. Using a double paddle (kayak ) it should let the water that drips off just slide back to where it came from. :D
     
  5. beekeeper

    beekeeper Well-Known Member

    Jack, for now this one is for me. Hope to do a lot of fishing before it gets any hotter.
    "Getting it right" is what builds the other boats after the first one. Just correcting my mistakes alone will keep me busy for a long time.
    Chuck I think the sides might help with the drips. It would probably work better if the cockpit was not so wide. I made it 24" wide just in case some big guy wanted to use the boat :roll: . Longer decks would have given it a more "normal" look, but I made them short so one could enter or exit the boat over the bow or stern.

    beekeeper
     
  6. oldsparkey

    oldsparkey Well-Known Member

    Don't worry about that , Jack is way up north of you. :lol:

    Chuck.
     
  7. tx river rat

    tx river rat Well-Known Member

    BK
    Man I like what you did with that boat ,your craftsmanship just keeps getting better and better.
    Watching folks on here build seems to follow a pattern, we build a boat then start down the trail of trying to build the perfect boat for ourselves.every boat get better and better.
    I think you will be surpeised how much diference the tumble holms make in paddle drip. You can use a much lower stroke and it sure cuts down on wind resistance and the drip.
    Again great job
    Ron
    oh how long was this beauty?
     
  8. BEARS BUDDY

    BEARS BUDDY Well-Known Member

    Dang, Beekeeper, you competing with Ron to see who can build the most top quality boats? Its down right beautiful. Have you signed those adoption papers I had Jack deliver to you?
     
  9. beekeeper

    beekeeper Well-Known Member


    Papers? From Jack? :? I guess he forgot. :wink:

    beekeeper
     
  10. beekeeper

    beekeeper Well-Known Member

    Thanks Ron. The boat is 13' in the floor, 14'-4" OL. Designing and building the next one better is the fun part. Testing them (fishing) is not bad.

    beekeeper
     
  11. woodman

    woodman Well-Known Member

    Yea those side tumble homes look really good....probably helps with the wind also.....I think you have you're signature style their beekeeper....
     
  12. beekeeper

    beekeeper Well-Known Member

    Thanks woodman. I like them. The tumblehome sides do seem to help with the wind, and paddle drips. I know they help stiffen the sides, and reduce the overall beam.
    Not sure my boats have much "style" (flowing lines, symietry,etc). More signature than style, I would say. :lol:


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  13. Oyster

    Oyster Well-Known Member

    Nice, but while you are at it, add small livewell type plugs along the covering boards as it looks like the coaming drops down below the decking, so that the boat will self drain instead of moping or bailing the boat out when you flip it when carrying it or storing it on its side .
     
  14. beekeeper

    beekeeper Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the heads up about the water not draining. I did not think about that issue as I was building. I didn't want the combing to extend down, but could not see how to do it different at the time. After I'm finished, I see how I could have done it. Not sure I will add the drains at this time ( I'm ready to be finished), but I will not let the water set.

    Thanks
    beekeeper
     
  15. beekeeper

    beekeeper Well-Known Member

    Got the paint and varnish on it. It is a good time when a boat is finished, so we celebrated with ice cream. :D

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    I spent a long time working on the bottom, trying to get it right. Lots and lots of sanding on the wood, and Swampwood's fiberglassing lessons (thank's) helped me do a better job on the glass. The 2-part epoxy paint finished out very smooth and hard.

    beekeeper
     
  16. Kayak Jack

    Kayak Jack Well-Known Member

    Nice looking boat, J.D. Isn't that the Grandson you brought to the Rendezvous?
     
  17. beekeeper

    beekeeper Well-Known Member

    Same one. Only have two grandchildren, him and his sister.
    :wink: I don't know why you asked, but no. I'm not adopting you or Bear's Buddy. :lol:

    beekeeper
     
  18. Kayak Jack

    Kayak Jack Well-Known Member

    Yer a mean, old man ennyway! :wink:
     
  19. beekeeper

    beekeeper Well-Known Member

    I like this boat! :D My "things to change" list is pretty short, mostly cosmetic, not design. I have only made about 8 trips in it but, it is checking out to be very suitable. Seems the more I use it the less I would change. It paddles as good as any of my other boats, better than most. Very stable, and my seat height is comfortable. I put a non-slip additive in the floor paint that seems to work realy well and is very durable.
    The garage floor paint is very tough but smooth. An incident with some concrete and asphalt made a beliver out of me. I should have exited the boat and floated or pulled it. The paint was scuffed and scratched , but not into the glass. It slides through the weeds and salvaina better than my other boats. A good attribute to have when it looks like this:
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    The only thing it needs is more fish slime. :roll: I guess I'll just have to go again. :)

    beekeeper
     
  20. BEARS BUDDY

    BEARS BUDDY Well-Known Member

    :cry: :cry: But Grampa, you promised!!
     

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