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Discussion in 'Bragging Spot' started by Travis Smith, May 6, 2018.

  1. Travis Smith

    Travis Smith Well-Known Member

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    Since everyone doesn’t have IG or not a member of Bateau.com, I will doing a build thread here. I started today build a strong back and was also able to cut some mold frames out. Here’s is the progress so far. 56D5696D-C16A-4C85-A02D-794223EE46DE.jpeg 9B3FDEC7-4401-4ECF-AD7C-4B40ACA1BDED.jpeg
     
  2. yobata

    yobata I Love microskiff.com!

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    I tried searching for your build thread on Bateau but could not find it. Could you provide a link? I am very interested in watching your progress. Will you be updating both Bateau and this site or is one going to be more detailed than the other?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Fritz

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    If this is gonna be like a Whip then I too would love to follow along.
     
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  4. Travis Smith

    Travis Smith Well-Known Member

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  5. Travis Smith

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    I will detail a lot of things. Such as building a one off deck, hatches that are totally foam core, no wood in this boat at all. I haven’t found any good videos or real information on foam core that was actually informative. So I will posting videos and pictures of things like that or anything else you all might want to know or learn about.
     
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    I’m looking forward to watching your build!
     
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  7. Pole Position

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  8. albrighty_then

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    Can you do me a favor and hurry up and build this thing? Haha just joking, this is going to be an interesting build, I'll be following it. I've been wondering how to go about building a composite skiff like this.
     
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  9. Travis Smith

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    I’ll try my best to hurry. I think it will take me about 3 months to do it. I’m going to try and go south tomorrow to get foam but it may be Monday.

    Anyone heading north from ft Pierce/Vero Beach towards Jacksonville?
     
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    This will be a great build. Best of luck! Following closely...
     
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  11. Travis Smith

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    It’s coming together! Was able to get all the frames up. Now I have to cut out chines/spray rails. Then it will be ready for foam.
     
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  12. Backcountry 16

    Backcountry 16 Well-Known Member

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    I am always so impressed with how you guys build these boats.
     
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  13. Travis Smith

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    Thanks, I have built many wood boats. This is my first full foam core. I think it will be even easier due to the fact that the foam is easier to shape than wood. I also have to create the front “stem” to shape the bow.
     
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  14. Backcountry 16

    Backcountry 16 Well-Known Member

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    Yes the one your selling is sweet looking also nice work.
     
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  15. Travis Smith

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    Thanks! Someone in Jax beach bought it.
     
  16. Backcountry 16

    Backcountry 16 Well-Known Member

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    Nice perfect timmti for you huh it was a hell of a deal.
     
  17. Pole Position

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    A couple of questions:
    What brand of foam did you order, and what was the thickness?

    Are Chris' plans relatively easy to follow?
     
  18. Travis Smith

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    I went with Airex T92. The plans call for 5/8 thick, but he said 3/4 would be fine.

    Yes and no. A set of plans from Bateau are easy compared to these. It is broken down into 1/32’s. Those measurements are from a CAD drawing showing the frames. His personal written measurements are to the 1/8th but not shown on a frame drawing. It in a box that has chine A to Chine B for example. I will try to take a picture of what I’m talking about later.

    He really recommended not to use expensive epoxy such as S3 or West Systems. He said find an epoxy that you enjoy working with preferably 1:1 or 2:1.

    This boat can also be built with polyester. I’m not familiar with it and know it isn’t waterproof.
     
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  19. yobata

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    @Travis Smith Are your stations just MDF? Why didn't you make some of the stations that will become the bulkheads and the transom from the core material? It might save you some time later?

    Also, did you have the plans printed to scale to precisely shape the stations or just from measurements?

    Looks awesome just sitting on that strongback!!
     
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