AggieBrother23 SK-14 Boat Build in TX

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AggieBrother23 SK-14 Boat Build in TX

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Howdy all,

My name is Joey, I'm going to be a senior at Texas A&M this fall. Currently, I am a Civil Engineering student and also a member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets. I'm going to be building a SK-14 on the forum and posting my progress along the way. I got into boat building and fishing when my older sister, AggieGirl, decided to build her SK-14 and I helped build it with her and my dad. I've really enjoyed getting to work on her build and go fishing with her when we can, so I decided I might as well build a boat too. I'm hoping to get this build done before the end of June so I can really use my boat before school starts again and I have my academics taking up my time. Looking forward to posting on here, learning from everyone else on here, and finishing this awesome project!
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Here's my first Epoxy of the project! Just slapped it in the puzzle pieces and threw the weights on top of some plastic liner and a flat board.
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Epoxied the transom together (used anything that was heavy and every clamp I had to hold this bad boy together).



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Welcome, Joey!

Good luck with your build, you're off to a nice start. :D
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Welcome Joey!!!! Jeff

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Great to see both a sister and brother both building. As far as I know this is a first :D

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Fuzz, I think you are correct!!!! Jeff

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Welcome to the forum!

Congratulations on the start of your boat building project.

After watching, assisting and accompanying your sister in building and enjoying her boat what have you learned that will inform your decisions about the design, layout or construction of your SK 14? What would you do differently?

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Browndog, I think the biggest thing we've learned so far is that it's really easy to do something wrong if you don't have everything laid out and have to rush to get stuff your missing. Also, the shape of the boat is greatly affected by the way its supported while sitting in the garage. We noticed it hooking almost instantly while being on our saw horses, so we had to tape some foam and get it level again to make sure it wasn't warping on its own.

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Did a lot of work on the boat this weekend. We got the bow stitched together and epoxied (w/ wood flour) together, same with the rest of the hull. We did it a little differently this time compared to my sister's build.We stitched up until the puzzle pieces and then stitched the bow and worked backwards to keep the structural pressure build up at the end and then trying to stitch the bow. I initially stitched all the way to the bow and had a lot of trouble stitching the bow and getting it symmetrical because of the pressure, so took I took that little section out and redid it. I think it worked a lot better this way, so I think we'll continue that in the future. We then attached the transom to the boat, but messed up by screwing in the transom all the way down instead of leaving like 1/4" for the curvature of the board, so it has a flat spot on both sides of the hull. I'm not terribly worried about it because it is very subtle and it's still symmetrical so it shouldn't affect driving and steering too much. Next we epoxied (w/ wood flour) the rest of the hull leaving the stitching in, after the epoxy cured, we removed the stitching and finished epoxying the hull. Once all of that was dry, I sanded the hull and prepped it to fiberglass the seams of the hull, cleaned it all up, and then fiberglassed the hull. I will probably sand down the hull again tonight and get it ready for the next step, which I think is inserting the stringers (I'll figure out tonight.)
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Here's the stitching of the boat before epoxying it.
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Here's the transom attached to the hull of the boat.
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Full view of the hull and transom being fiberglassed.
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Fiberglassed bow, a little rough but nothing a sander can't fix.
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Close up of one of the transom corners that is fiberglassed.

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You are moving right along. Helping with your sisters build was a big help I am sure.

Question, are you done with the transom glass? What glass do the plans call for? I ask because it looks a little light to me but I am only guessing here.

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