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Old Jul 17, 2008, 12:55 PM
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Named after my first kid. This is the first wooden boat I ever built.

20-25 years ago I was driving down Vanowen and someone had parked a 1939 Chris~Craft Deluxe in a driveway with a for sale sign on the trailer hitch. Dream boat. This beauty had spent too many years searching for cover. It was dry as a bone and every stick of wood was splintered and needed replacement. All the hardware was gone. Boy did I want this runabout. A thousand bucks, and Id be in the water in no time. Well that didnt happen. So instead I got a model. It was a Laughing Whale runabout. A generic mahogany boat that was capable of RC power. Cool.

I started building the model as per the instructions and all was going swimmingly. Sheet on frame, 1/16 mahogany, no sub planking. Got the hull done and now it was time to get the deck down. While flipping through a R/C magazine, Hot Boats (a 1990 publication from Scale Ship Modeler), I came across an article featuring a runabout called Stripper. I had no idea someone could build a boat like this. My build just got a bit more challenging.

I started by getting new mahogany planks for the deck. I used basswood to simulate caulking, and finished all the wood with Floquil paint. Waterproofed the inside with epoxy. Using an old purse I found at a thrift shop, my mother sewed the upholstery. I scratch built about 80% of the fittings from brass strips, rod & bar stock. Everything but the steering wheel, bowlight, clamshell vents, jacksaff mount/light, cleats/chocks & dual horns. All got triple chrome plated.

I purchased a Kroker SeaWasp 12 to power the runabout. They were still available from International Marine Exchange. It made this 30 runabout fly.

About a year after completion I dropped a plastic 35mm can that had a roll of film in it and punched a hole in the port coverboard. I repaired the hole as best I could, but the magic was gone. I put Natty K in a box, where shes been for at least 16 years, and got a Dumas 1930 24 runabout for my next build.
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Old Jul 17, 2008, 01:35 PM
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Beautiful!!!!
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Old Jul 17, 2008, 01:38 PM
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Nice, very nice!
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Old Jul 17, 2008, 06:06 PM
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There's just something about a wood boat and yours is one of the best. Great job! Thanks for the photos.
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Old Jul 17, 2008, 07:02 PM
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This is the first wooden boat I ever built.
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I scratch built about 80% of the fittings from brass strips, rod & bar stock.
1st boat........

Natural born master model builder.

Looks great Pat. You gonna float it again?
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Old Jul 17, 2008, 07:09 PM
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Thanks gents...

I think it's gonna stay in the box.
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Old Jul 17, 2008, 07:18 PM
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WOODYBOB- Were the fittings on the boat included in the kit from Laughing Whale or are they after market. The windshield brackets look to be first notch in quality. The scoops on the deck look like they were stamped metal also really nice.
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Old Jul 17, 2008, 07:23 PM
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I think it's gonna stay in the box.
That just isn't right!!!

I can see it in the in the pictures...

The boat is saying "I want to get wet!"
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Old Jul 18, 2008, 12:07 AM
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WOODYBOB- Were the fittings on the boat included in the kit from Laughing Whale or are they after market. The windshield brackets look to be first notch in quality. The scoops on the deck look like they were stamped metal also really nice.
Frank,

I don't think I used any of the supplied fittings. The steering wheel, (leather cover made by my first mate), cleats/chocks, vents, all came from I.M.E., bow light, and jack staff base from Bluejacket, jackstaff from M.A.C.K. and everything else, except the dual horn, (a buddy made it), & the mini piano hinges, I made. Step plate frames, (rubber is from a rubber stamp store), windshield frame, windshield, gas cap, cutwater, fairlead, rub rails, transom binders, dash panel, handles, liftrings, exhaust pipe, and hatch frame. It all started out as raw stock brass.
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