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Don Silsbe

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  1. Hi there Bones!  The Flyfisher 13 is a great starter boat.  I built one a few years back.  It was easy-breezy.  I have two tips:

    1.  Be sure to sandwich the four end pieces, and cut & trim them as a single unit.  They must all be perfectly the same for the boat to come out right.  I simply shoot a couple of screws through the stack to hold it together.  The screws are easy to back out when done.  Those holes are easily filled, once you start doing your filets.

    2. When gluing in the center reinforcement, be sure to use A LOT of weight.  I didn’t, and the boat had a slight hogback shape in the bottom.


    Not sure what you mean by sixed plywood. Please explain.



  2. Here’s the latest on my two-bit mods.  The tanks are done.  The interior had one coat of Devthane, and should get the second today.  5276832C-81C2-4EC1-B163-01F836854F87.thumb.jpeg.d2de516b486c1bcef7aac82ca7c491fb.jpeg1F79D91D-86F3-4775-8564-CA38E2BBED4D.thumb.jpeg.27ad02239b5b1643d8a260a46776c6cb.jpeg


    The mast and boom are done.  Eventually, I’ll paint the mast.


    I even made a little masthead float for her! We’ll see if 5# floatation is enough to do the job.  I know how to make a bigger one, now.


  3. While mine is not a core Sound 17, the mainsheet setup is fairly standard.  

    And for the snotter attachment, I just use a forked end on the sprit and a loop in my lashing block.


     And here is my sheeting setup for the mizzen.


    Hope this helps.

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  4. This is where I am with mine.  I glued the sections together with Gorilla glue, which was what Alan used on the first one.  He had since recommended unthickened epoxy.  But I had already boughten the glue, so what the heck.  I forgot how it expands when wet— it oozed out between the cracks. 4364DC0D-2EC8-4F25-BF39-6D83D3A57B4D.thumb.jpeg.d9e2c025dfff9bbb10263c677dc72510.jpeg But it sanded OK.  I glued in the tube and fin.


    Today, I taped off half of the float, and applied some thickened epoxy to the cracks and voids.  I draped the cloth, on the bias, over the float, and coated half.  The glass cloth worked its usual magic.  It confirmed to the shape, and only needed the slightest cuts at the very front and back.14613811-D015-461B-AF2E-14C12D6BFFC1.thumb.jpeg.30f99c4611ec88be3d5d437044ef4203.jpeg342A45AB-A4FD-465C-8DEA-EAF7E2E56CCD.thumb.jpeg.09b407f52e45b8a70b0b03d9819e7681.jpeg64129A30-D9BD-4C21-B66B-59B3B54169DD.thumb.jpeg.5a2065f55900a917262cc1b5baaea347.jpeg


    I am impatient.  Tonight, I trimmed part of the float.  I’ll trim the rest in the morning.  It is going to be awesome!0E916197-2463-4681-A1BD-1EAC96D66E80.thumb.jpeg.dd805282c65ee7592e39ccf74bfd3228.jpeg

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  5. @Steve W— I imagine, in the grand scheme of things, what we use to glue the foam together isn’t too important.  The fiberglass/epoxy shell is the master bonder here.  I’m with you— glassing this teardrop makes me nervous.  I’m planning to affix the fin first, and bond the whole all at once(a half at a time).  I just hope someone imparts  some wisdom, or shares their experience, before I get to that point. 

  6. @Hirilonde— You jogged my memory.  I  now remember that I glued a strip of Ash to the poplar keel of my Two Paw.  Duh!4088AE6C-ABCE-475F-8EED-65B0086065C6.thumb.jpeg.fa70907b710d4ab861b40d6d2a7d421f.jpeg


    But while laying on my back, making adjustments to the new trailer for my Bay River Skiff, I noticed some bare wood on the keel.  0A34383B-C681-485A-B953-A933A38F8D50.thumb.jpeg.c115108e887e04c199e50d8432ee2dfe.jpegIt is White Oak, so I’m not too worried for the immediate future.  (She is usually stored dry, on a trailer.) But I may complete my wear test.  Some time ago, I epoxied some fiberglass, nylon wenbing and Dynel to strips of wood.  I always intended to test them, and compare the results.  I still have the strips.  I just need to find the time to set up and do the testing.  No rush, since I won’t repaint the boat until the registration sticker expires in 2024.

    @mattp— I have a feeling that the webbing and Dynel are going to do well in this test.

  7. My modifications to my Two Paw 8 are slowly taking shape.  In priority, they lag behind spring landscaping, prepping for camping in a week, and final preparations for a little messabout I’ve organized.  But I hit it a lick now and then.  I’m working on the floatation tanks at the moment.  I’ll open up the front seat area, and move storage to the side tanks.40D02E05-1335-475F-835F-C4D1BE6C0D3E.thumb.jpeg.b5e497cc8cccd21e8843bfcc82133319.jpeg


    I’m also looking ahead to rowing seat changes, based on Tom’s Expedition TP8 at the last B&B Messabout.  My rowing position is too far forward; his boat rowed much nicer than mine.  Fortunately, I found a photo of his setup.  I’ll use that as reference.F7FB6AAE-0F0C-4DBA-8209-06F73BD2ED16.thumb.jpeg.b7cf96ea725bd266c9450a46204918ec.jpeg

  8. I’m beginning to see the value in adding a metal strip to the keel of my Two Paw and my Bay River Skiff.  Here are my questions: 


    1) Where is a good source for buying it?

    2) Should I use hollowback or half round metal, or something else?

    3) Is brass OK, or should I stick with stainless?  

    4) What is the best way to attach it?

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