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

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

  1. cattail

    cattail Paddler

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    I believe you :shock:

    They said some place boat building is 95% sanding and varnish shows a bad sanding longer than it takes to do it right.

    If I didn't have huge headphones with loud music while the ROS was attached to the shop vac I would still be hand sanding epoxy.

    Looking great 8) I think you will have yours in the water before mine.

    What kind of seat are you going with?
     
  2. Dan_Millsip

    Dan_Millsip Paddler & Admin

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    Well, over the past couple of days I applied LPU to Maddie's boat using a roller and tipping off with a foam brush. I still can't apply that stuff without getting brush marks. It's not too, too bad, but the brush strokes are there. I put 4 cross-linked coats on the hull and 5 cross-linked coats on the deck and overall I'd say that on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being best, that I'd score this application about 3.5.

    I think that the application is good enough to leave as is. While it would obviously get a better finish if we continued with sanding and buffed the LPU to a high-gloss shine, I think that Maddie has seen all the sanding that a 14 year old can reasonably be expected to endure on one boat. Maddie will be coming to the shop later this afternoon so we'll see what she has to say about it when she sees it. If it meets her approval, she'll be putting the deck rigging on this weekend.

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  3. chodups

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    It looks like a "10" to me. Nice job, both of you.
    Jon
     
  4. DarrenM

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    Awesome!
     
  5. Astoriadave

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    Wow. It is truly beautiful. I am soooo jealous I won't get to see it on its maiden voyage to Beaumont.

    Great job! That is quite an accomplishment, Maddie!
     
  6. Mark_Schilling

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    A truly exceptional build Maddie - very impressive!

    I'm looking forward to flipping you over to see the hull!
     
  7. Maddie

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    Thanks to everyone for your very kind words.

    There's only a little more to do before I can take it out on the water! :D

    When I got to the shop yesterday to see what it looked like with the LPU, I was all smiles. All my hard work is finally paying off. I am very happy with how everything has turned out.
     
  8. mick_allen

    mick_allen Paddler & Moderator

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    a pure magic maddgic magic.
     
  9. DarenN

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    i was lucky enough to get to see Maddies boat this afternoon, when Dan and Maddie stopped by my place. it's absolutely beautiful!! good job, Maddie! you have every right to be very proud of the work you have done.
    (she was pretty much dancing with glee, and the grin was infectious!) :D

    Daren.........
     
  10. Kasey

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    Congratulations Maddie! And none too soon...next weekend is creeping up in a very fast manner! You must be so excited!
    Looking forward to seeing it Maddie...and looking forward to seeing you too!
    Great job!
    8)
    Kathy
     
  11. Raimo

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    She sure was dancing and bouncing when she did the last few things before she left here.
    Congratulations Maddie. It looks great. You've done a fine job. You can be very proud, as can your dad.

    And Mick: "Maddgic" I love it. How do you come up with good stuff like that?
     
  12. Maddie

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    Well here is what I have done over the last two days to complete my boat. :)


    Here I am finishing the deck rigging.

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    My custom seat that we made today.

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    And here it is! My new boat, ready for all kinds of crazy adventures in the years to come.

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  13. cattail

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    :clap: Awsome!
     
  14. lance_randy

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    Wow, I can't believe it's done. That's really amazing, a huge accomplishment. I'd be pretty pleased with myself right about now if I was you. 8)
     
  15. DarenN

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    well done, Maddie!! it looks great! :D

    Daren.........
     
  16. andreas

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  17. IanC

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    Maddie - what a great accomplishment! You just built yourself a seaworthy wooden boat! From now on, every moment of your coastal adventures will be enhanced by the feeling of satisfaction and pride that your unique and beautiful kayak was crafted by your very own hands. Way to go, kiddo! Enjoy!
     
  18. steele

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    I second everyone's congratualions! On a sad note, I will really miss logging on during free moments to check on your progress. I think the only reasonable solution is for you to begin another build. A 30 foot cabin cruiser should keep us all entertained for a few months. Glitter on the fly-bridge would be a nice touch.
     
  19. RoyN

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    Congrats on completing your kayak. Looks great.
     
  20. silvério

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    Great build Maddie.
    Superb journal.
    Congratulations

    Silvério