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Alan71
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Re: CNC Conversion

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Now 3 photos of the cowl/coaming

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Alan71
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Re: CNC Conversion

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Hello Folks,

I hope you all are doing well!

I continue to make slow progress but am really slowed down by my lack of wood working skill and boat building experience . But I forge ahead because I'm having a really good time!!!

I've been working on the cowl and coaming but am pretty much finished with it for now.

I received a gas tank I ordered from a manufacturer in N.J. . It's a 12" diameter aluminum cylinder that's 28" long... about 12 gallons. I built a wooden cradle for it and it's held in place with mild steel straps I fabricated. Access to the tank is only through the opening created when the seat back slats are removed.

I also made a brace with a simple bearing for the top of the rudder shaft.

I changed the bottom of the dash to increase knee room and also have the single gauge dominate the dash. I'll still need a ignition switch, light switch, and choke.

Stay Well!
Be Safe!

Regards,
Alan
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Re: CNC Conversion

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3 more photos.
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JimmY
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Very nice progress.
-Jim
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Alan71
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Re: CNC Conversion

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Hello again,

My wife and I are fortunate to be staying on Lake Michigan again fo a few weeks in Manistee Michigan. Manistee is just a little town but is of interest to a few folks since Century boats were built here for a number of years. There is typically a wooden boat show featuring Century boats in the mid September.

I've continued to work on my project almost every day this summer but seem to make very little progress. I'm still having a good time and appreciate the challenge to my very limited skills.

This summer I finished working on the cowl and coaming and have refined it's appearance and construction to the best of my ability.

I also spent a good bit of time fairing the deck framing and adding blocking in many places so that I'll have solid material to mount the various deck hardware securely into. I also inserted blocking so that I'll have solid material at the joint between the cover-boards and and deck planking. I don't know what the final shape of the cover-boards will be so I installed extra blocking to allow me to have some freedom when I get to that point. Most of the pieces were trapezoid in shape and often with 2 or three different bevels. I think there were about 30 pieces.

I also built the first of the hatches. That too was quite a puzzle for me.
The hatch configuration is rectangular, but the shape of the deck requires the hatches to have a decreasing degree of arch and also a twist from forward to aft. I'd hoped to have them finished by now but as you can see I'm not even finished with port side hatch.

So that the news. Making big pieces into little pieces and lots of mahogany scrap!

Regards,
Alan

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Pictures look fine when I click on them to enlarge. Your boat and progress is amazing. No shortage of skills there..

Roberta :D
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Beautiful work Alan... solid progress. It will be a shame to have to cover up all the detail in that deck framing!

Regards,

Steve
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Great looking boat! Nice work. What boat is it?
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Alan71
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Re: CNC Conversion

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Hello Jimbob,

Thanks for the compliment! I continue to be very insecure about what I'm doing.

I bought the plans for both the GarWood Speedster which is 16' long and also for the 16' Hacker Gentleman's Racer which is16' long too. Both are designs from the 30s. What I'm building is somewhat a combination of the two stretched to just a bit over 17'.

Regards,
Alan
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The work looks fantastic, meticulously crafted.

I've looked back at some of my photos, I'm the one who should feel insecure!

The process can feel excruciatingly slow. I've been at it six years and 25 days...Christening is on Saturday Sept 18th. My approach was to force myself to change into my shop clothes, nearly every night and every weekend...the trip down to the workshop usually followed.

I do feel like my work was slower than typical (about 2700 total hours), but I managed to squeeze those 2700 across six years. Looks crazy when I type that. I'm going to go apologize to my wife. :o .
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Guillemot kayak (16 ft, 2001)
Pygmy Double Kayak (20 ft, 2003)
Skin-on-frame kayak (17 ft, 2011)
Glen-L 15 (15 ft, 2008)
Glen-L Key Largo, Hankinson Design (20 ft, 2021)
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Re: CNC Conversion

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Hello Mickfly,

I'm trying to not keep track of the hours but I know there already been many, many of them.

You must be feeling very good being so close to being finished.

I hope there are many pleasant times ahead for you!

Regards,
Alan
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Hello Roberta and Steve,

Thank you for your thoughts.

I realize just how much effort both of YOU have put into your boats!!!

Two VERY serious pieces of work!

Regards,
Alan
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Re: CNC Conversion

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Hello folks,

I saw a very nice 'speedster' on Saturday at the Century Boat Club get together in Manistee Michigan.

It's a Century Thunderbolt from 1938. It's 15'-6" long and powered by a Gray Marine Phantom 6 cylinder engine.

It's the kind of boat and beautiful craftsmanship that inspires me to slog on. Will I live long enough to get good at this boat building?

Hope to travel a few hours later this week to see a 'boats parts' man to try to buy the various pieces of a throttle linkage system that is controlled by the lever in the hub of the steering wheel. It'll probably take about 20 different parts.... of which I currently have 3!

Regards,
Alan
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Re: CNC Conversion

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Alan,
I read entirely through your build for the first time, my ego gets gets consumed in my build, WoW, what a boat! This hull is hell stout, from what I can count, it has 15 bottom frames. I’m shaking my head in bewilderment how you got the 7/16” thick side planks to bend and twist into submission.
The old flat head six will make it sound so 1930-40’s, thumbs for going original.
Very cool build and excellent work you’re doing. I’m curious what this 17 ft-er ends up weighing, it’s a beast.
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Alan71
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Re: CNC Conversion

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Hello Everyone,

Happy New Year!!

I've been working on the hatches and the cockpit interior.

As it seems is typical for me I'm struggling to actually make 'boat parts' rather than just making small pieces of wood out of bigger pieces of wood.

The hatches have both a curve and a roll in their shape which proved to be a bit tricky for me to grasp and build.

Since I really don't have plans to work from, the cockpit interior has been a challenge. First deciding what I'd like it to look like, and then how to make the parts. I started with making patterns from poplar and then moved to making mahogany parts. Cutting parts that have a compound bevel in order to fit together well continues to be quite mystery to me.

BUT, I'm not dismayed and continue to have fun!

Regards,
Alan
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