'Maddie's Magic' - A Bear Mountain Build by Maddie Millsip

Discussion in 'Boat and Accessory Building' started by Maddie, May 4, 2008.

  1. Maddie

    Maddie Paddler

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    Thank you very much gpsailer.

    LOTS of work was done on the boat yesterday.
    I started out by finishing the final sanding, up to 320 grit.

    Then I layed out where the hatches were going to go...

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    And then my Dad cut them for me! I was way to nervous about cutting something wrong, and he definitely would have gotten a nicer cut.

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    I then clamped on the coaming risers and cut them to fit.

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    After that was done, I glued the cockpit coaming risers into place.

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    I also added a fill coat of epoxy to the bow and stern where I put the fiberglass over the Abalone the other day.

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    And lastly, I added another coat of epoxy to the cockpit coamings and the hatch lips.

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    It's almost done, and I can taste the saltwater already!!
     
  2. Raimo

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    The build is coming along great Maddie! The pictures don't do justice to the subtle glitter on the deck. That, the starfish and the abalone are all great personal touches.

    I'm glad you built the boat in my shop. It gives me bragging rights to say "Yes, I know Maddie. It was my shop she built her first boat in!". It's like meeting a famous personality!

    You're so close now. That's a great feeling for you. Enjoy.

    Raimo
     
  3. Dan_Millsip

    Dan_Millsip Paddler & Admin

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    Maddie's been really "getting into" the construction of her boat over the last few days:

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    And now that the end of the build is near Maddie's been smiling so much that we decided she needed to take preventative measures to ensure that she doesn't end up with a permanent grin:
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    *****
     
  4. andreas

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    :lol: glad to see that you guys are having fun!
     
  5. Maddie

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    Of course we are! We are always having fun! :)
     
  6. cattail

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    Hi Maddie, Thanks for the last pic Dan I needed some new wall paper. :lol: I was there a few weeks ago but nobody around to take the shot.
     
  7. Maddie

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    lol. It's getting rather exciting each time we go to the shop. I just can't help but smile. :)

    So yesterday and the day before I added two coats of epoxy to the entire hull.

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  8. Maddie

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    I'm very anxious to start paddling my boat!

    Last night we went to the shop and installed my bulk heads.
    Now, this had to be the part of the boat that was my least favourite. I just was not meshing with the small locations I had to twist into to get these bulkheads in the right spot! I have a large appreciation for any big guys that have to put these in!

    Putting in the bulkheads.
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    And I also glued in the cockpit risers.
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  9. Jill

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    Wow. its almost done, and its looking so good. Love the star fish and the shell work.....bet you can't wait !!
     
  10. steele

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    I agree! Working with both arms out in front of your shoulders with the parts sliding around in wet epoxy was no fun. At least you had the sense to get the boat at your level. I seem to end up doing it with the boat on the floor. By the time I am done all that blood rushing to my upside head, and the epoxy in my hair, makes for a bad day. At least my wife's prediction that I was going to glue my head to the yak never came true.
     
  11. Maddie

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    Thanks very much Jill!

    That would make it very hard! I'm glad we were able to hang the boat to make it easier.

    So yesterday night, we finished the last major construction on my boat. We put on the Cockpit coaming, and also put on the hatch lips.

    Trimming the cockpit coaming lip.
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    Everything clamped on.
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  12. ebluethner

    ebluethner Paddler

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    Drum roll... You're almost done...
    Boat launch date needs to be set...

    H O W E X C I T I N G ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    (Welcome home talented boat builder, actress, performer, ice skater, artist, musician)
     
  13. Maddie

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    Thanks Elsa!

    Back from a choir/band trip and working on my boat again!

    While I was away my dad completed more of the sanding on the cockpit and hatches.
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    Last night I put some more epoxy on the coaming risers and also the hatch lips.
     
  14. keabird

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    Geez! I wish I could go away for a couple of days and have some of my sanding done for me! :wink:
     
  15. Maddie

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    My boat is almost done! Today will be the last day of epoxy work!!!

    Lots of work has been done over the past few days, but I am just getting to posting it now.

    I reinforced the seam on the front and back of the cockpit coaming, and put a layer of epoxy onto the inside of the coaming risers, and on the edge of the hatch lips.

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    Then we made a jig so that when we cut the half dowels for the hatches, all of them would be exact.

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    I used some sandpaper on a broom handle to create finger pulls on 4 of the 12 half dowels.

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    I then coated the half dowels in epoxy.

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    Next we cut the padeye slots. Thank you very much to DarrenN for lending us his laminate trimmer, and his jig.

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    The finished padeye slots.

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    And lastly, I sealed up the edges of the inside of the newly cut padeye slots to ensure that there would be no water seeping into the wood. Today is going to be my very last day of epoxy work, and I can't even express how much fun I am having. :D
     
  16. Dan_Millsip

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    A bit off-topic here but you forgot to mention that you took a short break from building yesterday to visit with Raimo's neighbour's one day old baby lamb:

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    Even boat builders need to check out new born babies.

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  17. DarenN

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    you're welcome, Maddie. anything you need, any time, just ask.

    Daren.......
     
  18. Maddie

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    I went to the shop yesterday and attached the half dowels to the hatches, and I also put in the cheek plates.

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  19. Maddie

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    I hate sanding.

    Spent quite a lot of time at the shop finishing everything up, and getting everything ready for the LPU.

    Sanding the whole boat.

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    Then we cut the toggle holes in the bow and the stern.

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    Everything sanded.

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  20. andreas

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    Thanks for sharing the pictures with us!

    I wanted to tell you for a while already, that I'm really impressed seeing you geared up with all that safety gear!!! I highly admire that!

    Way to go :D looking forward seeing your boat in person at the spring get together :)