View Full Version : Anybody Building A Boat

04-02-08, 11:55 AM
Is anybody building a runabout, tall ship, hydro, tug or ?? Show us what you're doing.

Re Nort's comments above in the "Workbench" thread......its going to be a while before the Allison is ready, but is anyone thinking about building a boat thats set up for the Allison?

Don Garrett
04-02-08, 04:08 PM
It would make a great project Rick, I'd like to see it pursued by some of our woodworking guys.

04-02-08, 06:14 PM
I知 working on a 1/16 shovelnose hydro, at around 25in., that痴 as big as I wanted to go so I could still display it. It will be scratchbuilt out of balsa and insulation, but I may laminate on some 1/32 plywood to the top deck for a natural wood deck if it looks good. I知 still cutting parts out so nothing to show yet. I知 going to build it with a full cowl over the engine and so it can be displayed until I finally get around to scratchbuilding an engine. I値l have to print out my own decals on my printer. I値l post some pictures when I get a little farther, unfortunately I just haven稚 had much time to model lately.

04-21-08, 01:32 PM
Funny you should ask!

Actually, I've just started my very first ever wooden model. It's a 1/24 scale Chesapeake Bay "Skipjack" oyster boat.

Since this is the first time I've ever built a wood kit, my results might be, um....less than spectacular. But I'll post a few photos and let you guys see what I'm up to. In any case it's a real nice change of pace from plastic (and Pocher!).

04-21-08, 01:54 PM
Sounds interesting Harry. I don't need another project right now but I'm still thinking about building an 8th scale Dumas Chris Craft and putting a built flathead in it. It would also be fun to find a "Crackerbox" style racer or small hydro and build it around one of Tim's Offy's.

04-21-08, 01:59 PM
hah!!! I don't need another project either! I just can't help myself...1strange1

And this one's a sailboat, so no engine to worry about.

Now about that rigging stuff... 1wthe1

Don Garrett
04-21-08, 03:26 PM
You're in for some fun Harry...I've built a couple of tall ships so a couple of years back I figured a wood fishing trawler would be a nice, easy, relaxing build, wound up spending way more time than I had intended to. Wood is down right addictive. You do one and sooner or later you'll have to do another.

hot ford coupe
04-21-08, 07:14 PM
I'm glad it's addictive because "We're gonna need a bigger boat". Somebody's got to do the Orca.

04-24-08, 12:04 PM
Ahoy there, mateys...

Here's my VERY FIRST EVER attempt at building a wooden model. It's a 1/24 scale model, will be approx. 20 inches long when done (ok, it's not "large scale", technically, but whatever...gringrin )

Since I've never built a wooden ship (or wooden ANYTHING, for that matter), this will be a "learn how as you screw it up" adventure (misadventure?)!

I haven't gotten very far yet, but here's where it's at right now. So far all the parts fit very well, only minimal sanding of the "sprue joints" (the wooden parts are laser cut on wooden sheet "parts trees"). Next step is to install the hull and rudder, then paint the hull and rudder white on top, red below the water line, then on to the sails and rigging (oh boy!!!)




Don Garrett
04-24-08, 05:08 PM
Looking good Harry. You have a handle on it, start looking for a bulk head-double planked kit that suits your fancy. All those little brass nails and hand shaping planks will make you feel all warm and fuzzy, honest. :}}.;'

04-25-08, 01:50 PM
I dunno...individual planks on the hull sounds way too much like individual spoked wheels.

I thought this hobby was supposed to be fun...not torture!!! he1he

Don Garrett
04-25-08, 05:27 PM
I guess it depends on whether you are a sadist or a masochist......gringrin

04-26-08, 02:13 PM
The sadist would be the guy who suggests building a boat with individually planked hulls.

The masochist would be the guy who does it!!!

hot ford coupe
04-26-08, 05:40 PM
I couldn't have said it any better myself, Harry.

Don Garrett
04-27-08, 07:49 AM
Would that make me a sadistic masochist? he1he

hot ford coupe
04-27-08, 11:50 AM
Yes it would, Don. It would be like taking a shower withe 50 grit sandpaper. It hurts like crazy but you do it to yourself. gringrin

05-01-08, 09:42 AM


Mast, sails and rigging next...

05-01-08, 09:51 AM
Beautiful - the white contrast with the wood finish makes me want to now try boat building. Darn and I have to finish the airplane first.

05-01-08, 10:22 AM
This boatbuilding thing is addictive!

Working with wood is a nice change of pace from plastic. In fact, I like this one so much I've already ordered my next boat:


This kit is made in Spain. Rosewood, walnut, mahogany, birch, etc. This one looks like a whole lot of fun! I love the detail level on this...but since it'll be only my second boat model, I hope I'm not getting in over my head...

hot ford coupe
05-01-08, 11:44 AM
Wow, that's some great looking wood work Harry. I'm glad to see these models being built and shown. 1thumbup1

05-01-08, 01:44 PM
If this keeps up, we'll have to do a "Sail Past" for the boat guys. Great stuff Harry!!

Don Garrett
05-01-08, 05:10 PM
Okay Harry..........I tried to warn you about the addictive side of working with wood. The paddle wheeler will really spark your interest in wood boats......then (guess what?) you know you are going to have to tackle a fully rigged tall ship, YES with a double planked hull!

hot ford coupe
05-01-08, 07:08 PM
Now that would be something to see.

05-02-08, 10:05 AM
Okay Harry..........I tried to warn you about the addictive side of working with wood. The paddle wheeler will really spark your interest in wood boats......then (guess what?) you know you are going to have to tackle a fully rigged tall ship, YES with a double planked hull!

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1what1

05-05-08, 10:37 AM
ok, ye landlubbers (that's sailor lingo...now that I'm an "old salt" I get to talk like that...he1he )...

Here's the finished product. I have to say I'm pretty happy with it, considering I've never built a wooden ship before, or installed rigging, etc. I learned a lot of new boat lingo like "halyard", "bowsprit", "lazy jacks", "transom", etc... Now I could fake my way onto the crew of a yacht!!! gringrin

No real problems at all. The hardest part is the rigging, because of the delicacy of the parts. I was afraid I'd break something in the process, but everything was "smooth sailing" (groan)...





05-05-08, 10:53 AM
Really a beautiful build!

I like the lines of this boat so much I think I would rather build it than the complicated River Boat. I saw the River Boat advertised in GarrettWade Tools but where does this model come from?

05-05-08, 10:59 AM
From here:


05-05-08, 11:31 AM
Very nice build Harry. By the way, don't forget that this is also a car site............gotcha back. LOL

05-05-08, 11:47 AM
Is anybody building a runabout, tall ship, hydro, tug or ?? Show us what you're doing.

Hmmm...who was it now that was asking about boats? gringrin

Don't worry...I'll still be doing the occasional car model every now and then...he1he

hot ford coupe
05-05-08, 01:19 PM
Harry, that's a great job done on that boat. Youy're definitely an old salt now. I can never be an old salt. My doctor told me I needed to cut down on my salt intake. he1he

05-05-08, 01:23 PM
You can always build a riverboat. gringrin

08-29-08, 08:18 PM
I was at a Classic Wooden Boat Show today and took the attached photos. Hopefully they will be of value to members who are into building boats. Or, just enjoy them.

Bob Cline
08-31-08, 11:04 PM
I love wooden boats. I was hoping to build a 1/1 outboard runabout some day. Also,

I've been trying for years to get to the Madisonville, LA wooden boat show. In 1995 it got cancelled because of Katrina. Guess the same thing will happen this year...

08-03-09, 08:40 PM
Hello everybody:

Please sorry for my very bad english. I am building an Elco PT109 from scratch. It will be a Radio Cotrolled boat. This boat will be 44 inches long. A this moment I am making the bulkheads using plywood. I wll try to take some photos and post them. For the construcition I am using some planes I bought on Ebay. If somebody wants a copy of them, I can send a copy. Best regards.

hot ford coupe
08-03-09, 11:07 PM
44 inches!! Now that's what I call a large scale boat. I'd love to see your photos whenever you're ready. Your English is just fine.

08-05-09, 08:54 AM
Here's a boat that I built in 2000. You'll have to pardon the quality of the pictures as I was just getting into digital and I knew nothing about light settings etc. The blue is a Royal Blue color and not the Robin's Egg Blue that you see in the pics.
A little information about the build. I have always been interested in steam and things powered by steam so when I took a trip to southern Ohio for a riverboat festival I visited the riverboat museum and saw some beautiful model paddlewheel boats. I purchased a set of drawings for the boat they have tied up on the river as part of the museum. The drawings are for a boat much different than what I have built but they gave me all the information I needed to complete what I wanted. My boat came from just a couple of photos in a fictional library book. The pictures were of actual Army Corps of Engineers vessels. This one, the Suter, operated on the Missouri river up until the late 40's as best as I can ascertain. My model is 36 inches long. It's approximately 1/48 scale. It was going to be an RC boat but as I started laying it out there were too many exceptions I would have to make so I opted for a scale model. It's built mainly from Basswood sheet. There is also Maple and Mahogany used. The interior of the pilot house is finished with a desk and chairs. There is also plastic and brass used for the smokestacks, small fittings, searchlights etc. The decals were made from printable decal stock (my first effort).

hot ford coupe
08-05-09, 02:14 PM
You don't see many of those built today. It's a welcome sight. You did a great job on it.

08-07-09, 09:30 AM
Nice boat build!!!!1thumbup1 This would have been awesome to see as a RC boat. One of my "around-to-it" projects is to build a RC viking ship; harking back to my Danish ancestry and visit to the Viking ship museum in Oslo, Norway. I would try to build it with the two options; the guys rowing and under sail.

I have built a wooden kit one, but was disappointed by the inaccuracies but it was a good diversion years ago. 1no1

Will have to post a picture sometime. Here is the box image.

Thinking of it, there is a mechanical challenge for someone out there; come up with the linkage for the rowing guys. Pull oar full stroke in the water, lift, return, down back to pull stroke in the water. Now this action would be neat to see.1thumbup1


hot ford coupe
08-07-09, 02:52 PM
Oh wow. Ever since I saw the 1958 movie The Vikings, I've loved those big ships. I even built a wooden one when I was in 8th grade shop class. It had virtually no detail whatsoever but I still couldn't take my eyes off it.