SmokyMountain's PH18 Build in E. TN****SPLASHED****

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SmokyMountain's PH18 Build in E. TN****SPLASHED****

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Hey Everyone,

It's official!! I've started my PH18 build. After lurkering on this site, Bradley (Doc_dyer) talking me into a build and test driving Muddlers PH18 on Crystal River at the 09 conclave this last spring, I' caught the fever and have been itching to get started. (Thanks Muddler) I got my wood and epoxy a couple of weeks ago and got a slow start, but now going full steam ahead.

I plan to do some minor modifications, such as increasing the deck space and have a smaller cockpit. I may install a tunnel, but probably won't.(I don't think I could cut the hull.) I primarly fly fish so the front deck will be as clutter free as possible. I will be using it on the local lakes and the couple of salt water trips I take to the gulf / atlantic each year.

A little about myself, I've built a Freestone 16 drift boat a couple of years ago, so I'm familar with the sew & stich methodology and epoxy / fiberglass.


Freestone 16 build - Bradley posing on the maiden voyage

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So far, I have cut out the mold bulkheads and bow mold for the stongback. I've started drawing out the real bulkheads and will be cutting out the panels etc.. I know I'll have plenty of questions and will appreciate the help along the way. Here are some pics so far.

The Journey begins with a bottle of boat builder beer. The second will be opened when completed.


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Bulckhead E

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Bow Mold

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An imtemidating amount of epoxy
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First off, Welcome!

I love the PH models. I look forward to seeing it come together.

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Welcome Andrew. Glad to see you get it going. Enjoy the build.

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Hey Brad,
That is one beautiful Drift Boat, good luck on your build and keep us posted.

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Hey Brad,
That is one beautiful Drift Boat,
Welcome Bradley. Glad to see you get it going.
Yall, that's Andrew, not Bradley :doh: Welcome Andrew, happy to see you get her started.

It is a fine looking drift boat! I've always like the way they look.
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Sorry Andrew, where did I get Brad?? :doh:

Still love that drift boat!!!! I went and checked out there website. I think I know what my next build is going to be, a few years down the road of course.

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Sorry Andrew, where did I get Brad?? :doh:
I think Bradley is Doc_dyer, his friend.

Matt
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Good luck with the build. Can't wait to see her coming together.

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Joe,

No problem. Bradley needs to take credit too. We both cut the panels, glassed and stiched it together. I finished out the interior. :lol:

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Still love that drift boat!!!! I went and checked out there website. I think I know what my next build is going to be, a few years down the road of course.

Joe H
Thanks, It was a fun build and the plans were very good. Those are a great bunch of guys.

Andrew

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Andrew, what is the arched brace across the drift boat for?
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