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  1. I would second the Georgetown area. Been there once and put it on my bucket list to get back there with a boat.
  2. Steve and Chick, Let me know if you find any good deals at scroungers and yes it is in asheville. It's a bit of a drive for me but, if they have some good stuff cheap, I might make the trip. tHEY ARE LISTING 3/16" Okume on their website right now which would make some great cabin skins for me. Doesn't say if it is marine or not. Wife is itching to visit Biltmore anyway. I'm about 1.5 hr north of Gibsonville. Hardwoods of NC has some cool stuff if you like exotic wood. I could drop some serious coin in that place if I had it.
  3. Steve, Which of thier Marine ply are you looking at? Okume, Meranti. Birch... I bought some 6mm Meranti their a little over a year ago. Had no issues and was decent stuff. I will check tonite if I can remember to see what brand it was. I remember it had a dragon symbol stamp on it. I think I read good stuff about the Mourkis stuff back awhile. If you are in western NC, give the guy at scroungers paradise a call. At times he has some marine ply there for a good price. He had some Okume back a couple years ago that was ridiculously cheap. He also has some other exotic woods like
  4. Have you looked at the Tolman Skiff Standard? Basically a planing warped hull skiff with dory sides. Decent ride quality, efficient, easy to build, very seaworthy. The plans are made for S&G and plywood panels but no real reason one couldn't be done in lapstrake. It is 18' in it's standard version but could be scaled down to 17 to suit your needs and a 25HP outboard should push it nicely.to about 20 MPH with 3 persons aboard Another starting point for ideas might be the Long Point which checks off most your boxes. http://www.thomasjhillboatdesigns.com/the_long_point.html
  5. Conventional wisdom on boats is that you must either cut through the waves or go over them. To go through them you need a sharp, fine entry to knife through. A flat stern keeps you on plane and gives you fuel efficiency. The drawback to sharp entry and flat stern is she will want to bow steer or broach in a following sea. So the opposite approach is to go over them with less bow angle and more deadrise. This allows you to mave along the tops of the waves without pounding but it sacrifices efficiency in the process requiring more hP and fuel burn. In order to do a fair comparis
  6. I am presently working on a Great Alaskan Skiff build (a Tolman spinoff designed by Brian Dixon) with a few of my own tweeks and mods. Brians plans call for Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) to use for stringers. The reason for this is that they can be obtained in long lengths, a variety of widths, are structurally tested and rated and usually made from D.Fir or SYP which both have pretty good strength/weight ratios and both are relatively rot resistant species as opposed to some of the other stuff that usually makes its way into the SPF category. They will resist cupping, warping, twisting and
  7. 1blueheron, I got your PM. The boat is in the barn with the T Top folded down. When I get it out the next time and I remember, I'll get the measurements for you. I could have given my console a better finish, but I don't care and neither does anyone else. The boat is actually freaking awesome. Here is a pic of my latest build. I have been busy, but finished this little boat in 9 weeks. I didn't have to purchase any lumber to build it, I used all the left over paint, lumber, etc. from my last 3 boat builds. IMG_9740.JPGIMG_9675.JPG Thanks for your help Miyot. I think you answered
  8. Miyot, Just thought I would ask how your season went and what your impressions are at this point. I'm sure your still a pretty proud poppa. If there was anything you could have done different what would it have been? Seriously considering this build myself and tweeking my wish list. Interested in your experience. I have PM'd you.
  9. Lance, Great job on the boat. I am exploring the possibilities of building a 24 in the express style. I sent you a PM
  10. Tee tops can be nice for providing a place to mount things overhead like electronics, VHF, rod holders etc. and to provide a bit of shade. Downside on a boat the size of Marissa is that they can make the back cast when fishing difficult. Not a problem for trolling, drifting or bottom fishing. I don't know how the additional wind drag of a t-top would effect performance etc.
  11. Lake Hartwell is a bit of a haul for me but I would like to see some other folks projects and meet up with some. MattP, I would love to see what you've got and any other local builders/projects you know of. SML/ Moneta is only about an hour from my place on Leesville. A cousin of mine lives in Moneta.
  12. Thanks to both of you. This is exactly the info I was looking for and it will give me food for thought.
  13. Haven't been on either Cherokee or Douglas. I have fished South Holsten Lake. Nice little lake but has a pretty big level fluctuation as well. That and Wautauga shouldn't be a bad drive.
  14. I am not trying to take anything away from the Spindrift. The reason I ask this question is I currently have an old Alcort Sailfish. It is the boat I had as a kid and learned to sail on. My son is now 12 and I would like to teach him to sail but the sailfish is not good for 2 people and I have put on several pounds since I last sailed her. I think she would look more like a sail powered submarine than boat if I got on her. So I am wondering if I could use the sail, mast, spar, and some of the rudder hardware and adapt it to the spindrift which would make a great all purpose boat for him to
  15. mattp, Yes, we are almost neighbors. My late uncle, who loved to sail, had a place on SML off S.Hickory Hill Dr. Perhaps you know the area. My cousin still has the place. I agree SML is certainly beautiful in fall and spring and less busy than in the summer months. Winds are more predictable. It can blow pretty steady in the main channel down towards the dam in fall and spring. Winter it can almost be brutal. Its been a few years since I was up there. I used to bass and Striper fish SML a bit. We moved to Leesville because it was so much quieter, cheaper and less boat traffic. We jus
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