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Posted by rjd | Mar 23, 2012 @ 02:54 AM | 3,586 Views
The Toe Rail has been installed; however, I'm not happy with how the piece on the stern turned out. I'm going to sleep on it.
Posted by rjd | Mar 20, 2012 @ 12:58 AM | 3,023 Views
Did I mention that this was my first attempt at planking a deck? In other words... anyone can do it.

Just finished rough sanding the deck to taking out the rough and uneven flaws. However, this revealed some "bigginer's mistakes" that I will need to try to fix before I continue.
Posted by rjd | Mar 15, 2012 @ 02:52 AM | 3,344 Views
I've made a little progress on planking the deck. I hope to move to the "sanding" phase by the weekend.
Posted by rjd | Mar 08, 2012 @ 02:40 AM | 3,648 Views
One word blog... "Progress."
Posted by rjd | Mar 06, 2012 @ 01:29 AM | 3,014 Views
The king plank has been centered and installed, and the first pair of planks attached using construction paper as caulking.
Posted by rjd | Feb 26, 2012 @ 10:40 PM | 2,851 Views
Back on course after a short vacation and back injury.

I fabricated an aluminum radio tray and installed the installed the new waterway planks. Regarding the radio tray, this design is much easier to move and and secure.
Posted by rjd | Feb 13, 2012 @ 12:59 AM | 2,953 Views
I am not too proud to admit a mistake. Earlier today, I removed the radio tray. It was not as "user friendly" as I had hoped. Now I'm back to the drawing board. I also removed the water way planks, which were clearly to narrow.

I was happy to learn that there are at least two other Shamrock V J boats, and an Endeavor J Boat in Riverside. I believe they are all dry-docked at the moment; however, it is my understanding that at least one of the Shamrock V J Boats will be ready for the summer. Woo Hoo!!!!
Posted by rjd | Feb 09, 2012 @ 11:09 PM | 3,331 Views
No pictures today. I am grieving the loss of my table saw this evening. Not only did it commit suicide, but it decided to cremate itself.

Well… time to hit Craigslist and look for a used 10 inch table saw.
Posted by rjd | Feb 07, 2012 @ 02:31 AM | 3,277 Views
I have been spending quite a bit of time staring at the boat and visualizing what I want to do with the radio board. I think I put something together that I can live with. Maybe... We'll see...
Posted by rjd | Feb 03, 2012 @ 01:23 AM | 3,858 Views
I was inspired to work on the above deck houses this evening. They still need the joints and edges sanded down.

I’m continuing to work with Milton Thrasher to address a few issues related to the size of several parts, and missing parts..
Posted by rjd | Jan 30, 2012 @ 12:42 AM | 3,834 Views
Once again, I moved the location of several deck beams and added frames for the above deck houses.
Posted by rjd | Jan 27, 2012 @ 12:24 AM | 3,068 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 @ 02:23 AM | 4,178 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 23, 2012 @ 12:01 AM | 2,843 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 @ 02:29 AM | 3,064 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 16, 2012 @ 12:22 AM | 3,010 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 @ 01:01 AM | 3,223 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 @ 02:41 AM | 2,883 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 @ 02:20 AM | 2,869 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.