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Archive for January, 2012
Posted by rjd | Jan 29, 2012 @ 11:42 PM | 3,790 Views
Once again, I moved the location of several deck beams and added frames for the above deck houses.
Posted by rjd | Jan 26, 2012 @ 11:24 PM | 3,008 Views
I began working on the main deck house from a kit that I purchased from Milton Thrasher. I elected to begin working on it now because part of the house sits below the deck, so I am exploring the idea of framing it into the main hatch. Unfortunately, there are a couple of pieces that weren’t cut to size and don’t fit properly. There also appear to be a couple of missing pieces. I emailed Mr. Thrasher regarding this issue. He responded immediately and is looking into the matter.
Posted by rjd | Jan 25, 2012 @ 01:23 AM | 4,120 Views
I had an opportunity to work on the J Boat this evening. I trimmed back the deck beams and changed the shape of the rear hatch.
Posted by rjd | Jan 22, 2012 @ 11:01 PM | 2,785 Views
The weather in Riverside was nice today, but there wasn’t any wind. Rather than going to the pond, I worked on the J Boat. I fabricated and positioned several of the deck beams and framed the hatches. A magnet was embedded into the deck beams that were adjacent to the largest hatch to help hold the hatch in place. I feel like I made quite a bite of progress; however, I still have a way to go with this step of the build.
Posted by rjd | Jan 19, 2012 @ 01:29 AM | 2,997 Views
John Hanks III, and Bob Eger stopped over today to drop off a mast and their video on how to plank a deck. These two gentlemen are very kind and extremely helpful. They patiently answered my long list of questions and provided me with very helpful advice. John and Bob also showed me the Canterbury J Class boats they recently finished. Those boats look absolutely beautiful. John and Bob’s most recent project is a “how to” video on how to build a plank on frame hull. I’m eager to see that video when it’s completed.

I knew that John was the AMYA J Class Secretary, but it wasn't until later that I learned that John was inducted into the AMYA hall of fame, and Bob was a former AMYA V.P. I appreciate their passion for the hobby and desire to share it with others.

Well... the Formica deck on the Shamrock V has come off. It wasn’t an easy task, but it was necessary to plank the deck correctly. I was able to accomplish this with little damage to the existing framework, but I had to do quiet a bit of grinding to remove portions of the Formica.
Posted by rjd | Jan 15, 2012 @ 11:22 PM | 2,943 Views
Earlier today I worked on modifying my boat cart to be able to handle the J Boat. The cart was originally a “Little Giant Muck Cart” that I modified to transport my Newport 12m and Santa Barbara OD. As you can see from the pictures, I stretched it out so I can use it with the J Boat. Note: I used butterfly nuts so the cart can be easily disassembled.

While working on the J Boat, I have two other “pending projects” that I am tinkering with. Earlier today, I picked up a third project, an old Santa Barbara OD with a cabin (the one pictured on the cart). My wife isn’t very happy with me, so I might need to “re-home” it.
Posted by rjd | Jan 11, 2012 @ 12:01 AM | 3,161 Views
I am happy to report that I didn’t “kill” the table saw. I finished cutting the remaining pieces of Alder and cut several 9’ strips of mahogany for the edge. I still haven’t made a definitive decision regarding the use of the existing Formica as a “sub deck.” In any case, I will wait to see John Hanks and Bob Eger’s video on planking before I continue with planking the deck.
Posted by rjd | Jan 09, 2012 @ 01:41 AM | 2,822 Views
Though I am not fully prepared to begin this build, I took some time to cut Alder into strips for the plank deck. Half way into my project, the table saw made a horrible noise and began to smoke. This brought my first day of work to an end. Later this week, I will find out if I “killed” the table saw or simply “overheated” it.


Posted by rjd | Jan 09, 2012 @ 01:20 AM | 2,821 Views
I recently purchased an 89 inch J Boat hull, which was determined to be a "Shamrock V" hull from George Rebiero Products. I have been collecting information on this boat and I’m slowly getting started with the build.

In preparation for the build, I was in contact with :

Bob E. http://www.officialjclass.org/
John H. http://www.officialjclass.org/
Brad M. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/member.php?u=311174
Milton T. www.sarasotamodelyachts.com/
and Dean D. www.photobucket.com/modelyachtworld

I would like to thank each one for the knowledge and the support they have graciously shared with me.