Laker for a first timer

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Bruce36549
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Re: Laker for a first timer

Post by Bruce36549 » Mon Mar 09, 2009 11:15 pm

Mick, keep the hatches battened down.

Bob, I don't remember what the instructions say specifically about frames 1 & 4. I'd have to go back and look them over carefully. It may be that I just made assumptions that they should be installed. The weight of my build will probably be much heavier than yours. I weighed it last after finishing the outside of the hull before flipping it and it was already 23 pounds.

Ron, that's a great idea for flotation. I will probably do something like that. Won't add any weight, and it's simple.

Thanks, all for your kind comments. I'm glad you liked the deck cradle. I didn't think it was original, but when I was thinking about taking the deck off the boat it seemed like a good idea. I did use a level to mark the legs for cutting so they would be level side to side. I didn't want any twist setting into it while I was glassing.

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Re: Laker for a first timer

Post by craiggamesh » Tue Mar 10, 2009 1:08 am

Heres a free source of flotation that I stuff in my hatches when I don't have gear in them. It is the air pillows that come in packages my wife constantly is getting from Amazon.com and other catalog companies. I was sick of popping them all so they would fit in the garbage can, so I saved a bunch for my boats. They weigh next to nothing since they are just air. I figure bubble wrap would work as well.

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Re: Laker for a first timer

Post by craiggamesh » Tue Mar 10, 2009 1:10 am

I forgot to mention, each little pillow is about 4 x 6 x 1 1/2 inches.
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Re: Laker for a first timer

Post by LIGHT KEEPER'S KID » Tue Mar 10, 2009 8:13 am

GREAT work had to put my sunglasses on to look at those pics 8) She's going to look great on the water :wink:

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Re: Laker for a first timer

Post by Bruce36549 » Sat Mar 28, 2009 5:01 pm

Matt,

Got my Okwata plans this past Wednesday. Thanks for the quick response. The plans appear to be missing pages 23-33. Hoped you could ship them to me where I'm at up here in DE.

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Re: Laker for a first timer

Post by Bruce36549 » Mon May 04, 2009 11:18 pm

Back at it again. After spending a month in Delaware visiting and a week in Orlando at Disney World with our granddaughter, I apparently picked up some kind of bug at Disney World. For the past two weeks I haven't felt much like doing anything but sleeping. Can't remember ever feeling that crummy.

Toward the middle of last week, I slowly got back into the groove. After a conversation with a friend, I decided it wasn't such a good idea to have sealed compartments, so the first thing I did was to attack frames 1 & 4 with my Dremel tool to open those areas up.

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Then sanded those areas that needed a second coat of resin and today got them rolled out. Meanwhile I got the seat made

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Received foot braces from Duckworks last week and that is the next project before putting a layer of paint on the inside of the hull, then I guess I can get the deck fastened down.

Last Saturday was the Pirates Cove Wooden Boat Festival in Josephine AL. Only a few miles from my house so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to check it out. It's not a real big show, but there were some very nice boats on display, live music all day and some good food. Maybe next year I'll be showing my Laker.

Feeling a little better every day. Now if this congestion in my sinuses will clear up I'll be at 100%. Good to be back.
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Re: Laker for a first timer

Post by OnkaBob » Tue May 05, 2009 6:02 am

Hey Bruce good to see you back on the job, which is still looking very good. Sorry to here about the bug - sounds like epoxy withdrawal symptoms to me so you should be back to normal soon :D .

I'm guessing the weather is warming up significantly there as it's getting cold here - should be really nice by the time you get on the water. Wait til you get the deck on - you'll get that "can't wait" feeling.
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Re: Laker for a first timer

Post by Oldsparkey » Tue May 05, 2009 8:18 am

If your trip to Disney was within the last week and you continue to feel bad you should see a Doctor , there has been reported that a flu has been going around over there. Anyway it has been reported on the news , I live in Central Florid about 20 miles from Orlando.

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Re: Laker for a first timer

Post by Bruce36549 » Thu May 07, 2009 11:07 pm

Got a little more done over the last couple of days. Installed the foot braces. Used the glue on mounting studs, and they seem to work pretty well. These foot braces look very sturdy and have a wide range of adjustment. Hopefully I won't have to put blocks on them so Carol can reach them.

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and got the interior of the hull painted:

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Still have to put one more coat of paint on, then do the same to the underside of the deck. Plan to leave the cockpit bright.

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Re: Laker for a first timer

Post by john the pom » Fri May 08, 2009 5:24 am

Now that last picture was interesting. I've been thinking for a while now of doing something similar in looks to where you're at just now. But with the closed in sections about half the size of what yours appears to be because of how you've painted the ends. Each end would have a hatch in for extra storage (dry), and floatation should things become inverted. Haven't decided whether or not to put a tiny tumblehome or just a double rail with spacers in the open section. Perhaps a couple of thwarts where the original bulkheads were. (had an idea that hollow thwarts could be used to connect an outrigger for standing up fishing/back relief :) .
Part of my logic for this would be that I could lie down occasionally. I have this back problem whereby I can sit down for quite a while, but then cannot straighten up, unless I had a lie down and straighten myself out now and then. Just a sad, crooked old bugger :roll: The storage options would be increased if anything. The floatation would still be sufficient in case of difficulties. The only downside I could foresee would be a limitation toward more calm water conditions.
Will be interested to see where this leads if/when I get around to it.
Regards John.

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