Journal  

 

My name is Cliff Ruffner, I'm retired, and I live in St. Petersburg, FL.  I built my first boat about 15 years ago, and was hooked.  To date I've built and/or assisted in building seven boats and have attended Wooden Boat School twice.  I've always wanted to make a website showing one of my boats being built, so here it is!  I'll try to post entries on a semi-regular basis.   Please visit often and contact me with your comments, questions, suggestions, etc.

To save loading time I've made a journal page for each day/event.   Start at the beginning and follow my progress from beginning to end, or if you've seen all my pages but the last one, click on "Latest".

Latest

May 31, 2002 - First Entry

June10,  2002 - Scarfing the Dash Bulkhead

June 17, 2002 - Bulkhead Continued

June 26, 2002 - Gluing the Bulkhead Scarf

July 3, 2002 - Cutting Out the Bulkhead

July 11, 2002 - Cutting out the Motor Bracket and Forward Cabin Trunk

July 27, 2002 - Cutting out the Anchor Locker Bulkhead

Sept 9, 2002 - Constructing the Cradle

February 24, 2003 - Assembling the Bottom Planks

April 17, 2003 - Spreading the Bottom Planks and Attaching the Transom

April 23, 2003 - Attaching the Side Planks

April 24, 2003:  Leveling the boat and marking the bulkhead placements

May 22, 2003:  Adjusting and Installing the Bulkheads

May 30, 2003:  Installing the Sheer Clamp

July 14, 2003:  Refitting the Dash Bulkhead

July 25, 2003: Fitting the Chain Locker Bulkhead

August 2, 2003: A Visit to "Fiberglass Coatings Inc"

August 4, 2003 : Applying the Fillets to the Bulkheads/Joints

August 5, 2003: Continuing to Fillet the Joints

August 7, 2003 : Installing the Floor Timbers

September 2, 2003 :  Filleting the Bulkheads and Bow

May 20, 2004 : Continuing to Fillet the Bulkheads

June 4, 2004 : Filleting the Floor Timbers

June 17, 2004:  More Fillets, More Sanding, and Motorwell Bulkheads/Partitions

July 14, 2004 : Cutting Out the Transom and Trimming the Motor Well

August 10, 2004: Moving the Boat Out of the Garage and Rolling Over the Hull

December 9, 2004: Cleanup and Wire Pull Day

December 28, 2004: Final Wire Pull

March 4, 2005: Prepare Hull for Keel Installation

March 25, 2005: Making a Pattern/Form for the Keel

March 26, 2005: Steve Petagna and Boat #4 Return

May 10, 2005: Cutting out the Keel

May 12, 2005: Clean Up Scarfs and Glue Keel

May 20, 2005: Fitting the Keel to the Hull

October 6, 2005: Fitting the Keel to the Hull (cont.)

November 2, 2005: Attaching the Bow-section Portion of the Keel to the Hull

November 7, 2005: Measuring and Cutting the Second Piece of the Keel

November l1, 2005: Final Fit and Scarf Joint of Keel Section

November 18, 2005: Fabricating the Last Keel Piece

December  30, 2005: Fairing the Hull - The Tools I'll Use

January 26, 2006: Fairing the Hull - Getting Started

February 22, 2006: The Can-Yak Comes Home

June 23, 2006: Back go work!!!!!

June 30, 2006: Fairing the hull

July 1, 2006: Fairing the Hull (Part II)

July 12, 2006: More Fairing

July 24, 2006:  Hull Preparation

July 25, 2006:  More Hull Preparation

July 27, 2006:  Fairing Hull

August 7, 2006: Final Sanding of the Chine Repair Area

August 17, 2006: Fairing the Chines

January 16, 2007: Filling the Slots With Epoxy

September 22, 2008: Continue Fairing the Hull

May 4, 2009: Continue Fairing the Hull

April 16, 2010: Fairing Keel and Motor Well Joints

April 25, 2010: Resawing Mahogany for Rub Rails

November 15, 2010:  Glassing the Hull

December 14, 2010:  Don's New Boat

March 6, 2012: Glassing the Transom and Motor Well

 

 

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