SK14 NE FL

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Bought plans a couple of weeks ago, spent a few days buying the materials and moving things around to make room. Started 3AUG and have kept a log of materials and time just for my own purposes. As of this evening, I am 48 hours into the project, lots of which has been staring figuring out what to do next. Maybe could be further along, but I have never worked with fiberglass/epoxy before, so I’m not upset by that.

Didn’t buy the kit because my foolish pride wouldn’t allow me to. I am a carpenter and couldn’t bring myself to let someone else cut my wood, despite knowing I’d spend the same money. Now that I’m fairing hull edges, realize the folly in that logic.

Enjoying the build as a whole. My kids enjoyed watching the foam grow. All of my dogs have epoxy drips on them somewhere. Learned that fast hardener is only usable here for someone of my skill level between 11 PM and 7 AM. Also, when low on filler, don’t try to make do when filleting, and tidiness when applying fillets is a massive saving of sandpaper and dermis on appendages.

Did a little more work on my hatch gutters (?) tonight. Just made them from a ripped piece of 2x material leftovers. Didn’t want to walk to the garage to get dado stack, so made several passes through tablesaw to carve channels, sanding with file sander to finish. I’m sure there’s an easier way to make the hatch pretty waterproof, but this is what I came up with. Have another miter frame and doubler for the hatch gluing up tonight to fit into the channel pieces. Once I find my gasketing material, I’ll plane the doubler and frame to make clearance also thought about routing a channel to let some thick o-ring or something of the sort sit in the channel. Once installed, will flush cut channeling to drain onto deck.

Will update when I progress further.
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Boat looks close to splash day!

Good looking boat!
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for your first time 48 hours is really good! Honestly even if it wasn't your first 48 hours is still pretty good with where you're at! Those gutters look amazing, I wish I had those skills, you give lessons?? haha :lol:
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Greencoverob wrote: Thu Aug 18, 2022 11:36 pm
I’m sure there’s an easier way to make the hatch pretty waterproof, but this is what I came up with.
Usually is a better way, but don't get bogged down in that. You're making great time!

I took a 2 month side quest trying to make water proof gutters and think I have only achieved "splash resistance". :lol:

Keep up the pace and you'll be done in no time!

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Boys knocked out the work this week, so we had a little maintenance morning and off before lunch.

Got the sole laid down today. Wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. Hardest part was finding objects to fill with water to have weight, but got it pressed nicely. Had a little extra glass, so laid a “stomp pad.” Got the weave filled and fairing compound put down. Wasn’t dry enough to sand tonight.

While I waited on that, made the pads for the grab rail and decided to build a little box to mount on the grab rail to have a place for cup/pliers/knife. No real plan on that just yet, letting it come together as I keep going. CA glue to hold the pieces of 1/4” until I could get fillets to set internally worked very nice. Thought about making it big enough to store battery for nav lights, but think I’m going to stick with the clip ons. Mainly because I don’t want to see any wires and the sun has set on running chases. Going to try to do a bit of my real job this weekend, so that’s going to slow me down a bit.

Scattered showers kept a breeze most of the day and it was really quite pleasant in the barn. Had to take a break for a bit to eat with the family and play with the little ones. Will start fairing the deck in the AM before the work day starts.

Not sure why half of my pictures are upside down…
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Also, thank you all for the kind words.

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Boy do you work fast! I love my SK14 and yours looks to be even nicer. I run mine with a 5 horse propane tohatsu and a spot lock troll motor on the nose. I did run some wires along the side and they're not ideal, but thought this little guy is too small to fool with chases. No regrets for me. The boat should be great fun for your area.

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I picked up a 9.9 merc for a good price. Think it’s more than I need, but the price was right and I’ve always got a jon boat or two for work/hunting that can use it also. I figure on this thing I’ll just be easy on the speed. I didn’t tape every seam like most of the other peoples builds I’ve seen with overpowered motors. The only additional glass I did from the regular plans was where the sides and hull met for the rear 3’. That and the little bit of glass I laid on the sole. My guess is the hull would try to split if you ran it too fast especially in rough water. Don’t imagine I’m in too much danger of that, being that a 9.9 and an 8 aren’t dramatically offset. I will be adding a little extra on the transom, I used three ply knees, and think I’m going to add some bracing on the corners. Mostly to be able to clip a light to, but should add some strength.

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I think the 9.9 will be fine, actually a litter nicer than my 5. I went with the 5 tohatsu 'cuz I wanted to try propane. Got sick of dealing with old gas and gummy carbs on my weed eaters and chain saw. The propane motor can sit for a year and start right up, so I like it.

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I like the propane for the same reasons. That, and my propane guy fills my camper tanks, grills, whatever when he comes monthly to top off my house tank, which would be wonderfully convenient. If I could’ve found an 8 hp propane, I’d fabricate an in deck tank for it too. That’d be a slick little project. Anyway, couldn’t find one, maybe one doesn’t exist. Have a birthday party for my buddy’s kid today, then back to sanding.

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