Mike's FS18 Build

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Mike's FS18 Build

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I am not an author, so don't expect a step by step, blow by blow description of the build process, but I would be more than happy to share the photos and pitfalls that we ran across building this boat. My name is John, my son Mike and I started building this boat about 3 weeks ago. If you are on Facebook, you can find my build blog here http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mikes-Fla ... 0937468564

Here's Mike trying to figure out the plans
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This is me measure 3 times quadruple check, then cut once.
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We have the top deck layed out, so Mike is checking out the casting platform
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Turning $650 worth of nice clean plywood into splinters and sawdust
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Mike's FS18 Build

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Just a little fun
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Mike's FS18 Build

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Sanding down the edges where the side seams are
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Re: Mike's FS18 Build

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Stringers and Sides laid out, seams fiber glassed and epoxied.
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Mike demonstrating what happens when you leave a brush in the mixing cup
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Re: Mike's FS18 Build

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Here's the bottom panels glued together, can you spot the error here?
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Re: Mike's FS18 Build

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Oh Yeah

Two layers of plastic to protect the floor is OK, but excessive.
Six layers like the last picture will surely distort the seams and create more trouble than it's worth.
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Re: Mike's FS18 Build

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We only get one evening a week to work on this project. i work 6 days a week and Mike 5 days but works weekends. We started this the last Monday in August 2011 and at this point we had 3 weeks involved. It seems like it will take f o r e v e r to make any progress.
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Re: Yet Another FS 18 Build

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Welcome to the madness, it's great to see you and your son enjoying such a fun hobby together. I'm also pretty excited to see a new build with plenty of pictures 8)
Previous builds: FL14, NC16, and others...

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Re: Mike's FS18 Build

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Putting the Pieces Together - September 26, 2011

We set up the hardback stringers and bulkheads and put the bottom sections up there to see what it looked like. Next thing we knew, we had the sides temporarily stitched on and the bow pulled together.
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Broke one of the strips for the rounded hull off, will epoxy back together when we stitch the bow together.
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Re: Yet Another FS 18 Build

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You guys are making it look easy. Good job.

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