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Old Jan 03, 2008, 10:34 AM
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Dive Boat Wendigo

The oppertunity came up awhile back to design a model of a working Scuba Dive boat based in Ontario. The Wendigo is 35' 3" with a 122" beam and a 42" dive platform on the stern.

It's a simple craft with a large cabin, and will be a great design to work up in balsa, light ply and Sintra (expanded PVC) plastic. There's enough deck detail to keep it interesting, but simple enough to work up easily.
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Old Jan 03, 2008, 10:39 AM
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Pat, that looks to be a very interesting subject. Any idea of what its original purpose was, or is it specifically designed as a dive boat?
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Old Jan 03, 2008, 10:41 AM
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Getting Started

Construction begins with the keel. The basic assembly is of 1/8" lite ply with balsa caps on both sides to house the stuffing box. The keel is assembled and the caps gouged out to accomodate the bearing tube and the whole assembly glued together. Then once the keel is assembled, the frames are aligned and glued in place.

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Old Jan 03, 2008, 10:54 AM
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that looks to be a very interesting subject. Any idea of what its original purpose was, or is it specifically designed as a dive boat?

Kap, That's a good question, I'll see what I can find out.

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Old Jan 03, 2008, 12:38 PM
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Pat, What happened to the Lyman build? I'm sure several people are waiting for the next installment.
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Old Jan 03, 2008, 01:19 PM
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420, Progress is being made on the Lyman, still adding planks a couple at a time. I was going to update the thread this morning and didn't get there. Will do it right now.

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Old Jan 03, 2008, 02:35 PM
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nice looking boat for commercial use...(where is the stand-by diver, having coffee down below?) should be a good build.
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Old Jan 03, 2008, 02:40 PM
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You can't build two boats at once...
...Oh wait, I do that all the time...
Never mind,...

Are you releasing a plan set later?
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Old Jan 03, 2008, 05:14 PM
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where did you get the wood laser cut????
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Old Jan 03, 2008, 06:46 PM
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Pat T. may have some connections! But there are plenty of small shops around that will cut to your plans (paper or CAD).
I've used:
http://www.mybloo.com/coosbay/laser/laser.html
http://www.laserartco.com/

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Old Jan 03, 2008, 07:07 PM
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I'm betting Manzano Laser!
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Old Jan 06, 2008, 10:27 PM
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Hey Pat, I am pleased you are posting the build along here on the forum for the new dive boat. My family and I have been diving in Kingston Ontario for several years and are very lucky to know Mark "Tizzer" Tisdale who runs the boat for us each August! I emailed Tizzer and here's what he had to say about the history of the boat!

"As for the Windego, I just call Steve the boat owner, and he said (to the best of his knowledge,)the boat was built in the 60s for the Ministry of lands and forest and worked in the Manitoulin island (Northern Ontario) area as a survey boat etc... It originally had a wood cabin about half the size as the current steel cabin."

Steve Alford "KingDive Marine Group" purchased it in the early 90s and converted the boat into a Dive/Marine Salvage work boat. The Cabin was designed and built with the help of Steve's friends at Metalcraft Marine. They build some very cool Fireboats for places like Miami-Dade County in Florida, Annapolis, Portsmouth Virginia, Seattle, etc.) Check out there web site.
http://www.metalcraftmarine.com/html/firestorm_50.html
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Old Jan 06, 2008, 10:55 PM
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Gerry, Thanks much for the "history lesson". It's always more fun to work up a project when you know something about it.

Umi, Only 2 ??? At the moment I have 4 boats going, and a couple airplanes. Don't ask me how it happens that there are so many projects in the works all at the same time, it just goes that way sometimes. The design is being worked up for publication, so yes, plans will be available once it's "gone public".

Big, The laser cutting was done at Manzano Laser. Charlie does all my laser cutting, and does a beautiful job of it too boot.

Update: Much progress was made today. Since the temperature and the winds were both hovering around 40, interupted only by massive rain squawls, it was a very productive building day. At the moment, the hull is about ready for paint, and the equipment is all in. As it turns out, because 1.2 MM Sintra is being used as the main "skinning material", this is really going to be an easy model to build. Meanwhile, I'll work up the photos and post up a blow-by-blow in the morning.

PAT
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Old Jan 06, 2008, 11:02 PM
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Sounds great, Pat! It has been great building weather here too (when we've had electricity! )
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