By Edward Einhorn - Easton, Maryland - USA


"Wherein like real men we face a growing welter of rotten standards and capitulate".
The Mariner's Catalog, Volume 5, 1977.

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Use a plan. Hopefully someone else has found mostof the mistakes. Yes Chuck, that's your old boat in the corner, now owned by Seth. For inspiration!

Try to be orderly. It helps in the process and you will loose less stuff. You will not curse as much. Maybe.

Buy wood with a funny name from another country so you can tell people it's the really good stuff.

"Lofting" is an art best left to the pro's

use precision tools. "The cheapest saw with the sharpest blade".

although the skilled amateur can achieve some promising results.

Try things before you make a big boo boo.

Experiment with new tools and materials.

Then smash the *!#* out of it with a big hammer to see if your technique works.

Glue stuff together.

Take some time. Have a little fun with the goo. Plenty enough time to be serious.

When using modern epoxies follow all safety measures and utilize ONLY the finest tools available.

Jigs can be helpful putting things together upside down and covered with glue. In the cold.

Carefully mark places which need more attention.

Try to keep your goop warm. Try not to let the bride (if applicable) see what you did to her hair dryer. She will not look kindly upon you.

Keep things labeled and in order so you don't put the port on the starboard. This, by the way, is an entire Tennessee except the bottom.

This is the transom. I was often baffled by it.

Mock ups are good if you're having trouble seeing something. This is the motor well.

Be prepared for the occasional loss of patience.

This is my "moaning chair". I should have sat here a page ago. Before the transom.

How did all those pieces get so big?

Try your ideas to make things stick. This joint was made with a power planer. I counted the veneers on each side.

Now you can start looking thru the boat stuff catalogues. See the things holding the sides up?

You will be creative in using stuff to hold other stuff up/still. Especially when you work alone.

Find a mate who doesn't mind peeing in a bucket.

Now you can start thinking about paint colors.

Ready? This is the Eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay. I live here. I have 1-2 ft. of water. Tennessee draws 4 inches. Should work. Maybe. Feel free to write with your boat building tips. ciao, Ed

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