JEM Watercraft

Five years on
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Author:  john the pom [ Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:01 am ]
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:shock: Not really a builder log, more of an update on a five year long saga. :D

Bout a coupla weeks to go. some details in questions and comments "lack of active posts" More to follow.
Cheers John.

Author:  jem [ Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:48 am ]
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That's the "original" Okwata with rounded deck. I may need to revisit the design and publish.

Author:  Mick [ Mon Jul 25, 2011 6:57 pm ]
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jem wrote:
That's the "original" Okwata with rounded deck. I may need to revisit the design and publish.

Dam straight!

I also have the plans for the original Occy. :D

John, your boat is magnificent mate. Bloody well done!

Author:  Phishtech [ Tue Jul 26, 2011 6:56 pm ]
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John, excellent craftsmanship on the Occy. Very elegant and beautiful boat. Please give us a detailed report when you get her wet.


Author:  john the pom [ Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:08 am ]
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Whilst its nice to be praised, and I do appreciate the gesture, craftmanship is probably a bit of an overstatement. I'm a bit of a hacker I'm afraid and you won't get any closeups of my builds, particularly as they're in progress. :? My sole intention is to end up with a serviceable kayak that pleases me. A few examples:
How many of you real builders use tinsnips to trim parts from ply?
Anyone else use a 4" angle grinder?
My fillets along the centre seam were actually and literally pours. Just poured it in and tipped it back and forth till it was level (ish)
I drew the hull panels and frames as per the plans, cable tied it all together. Marked it with a texta how I wanted it to be. Then cut off one and a half to two inches off everything except in the overall lengths of panels by eye, and didn't look at the plans again. ****In fact, apart from the locations of the hatches I didn't even use a tape measure again! I just bodgie my way along. This probably takes twice as long as a build needs to take because I'll spend as much time taking stuff off as I take putting stuff on. If I don't like the look of what I've done I change it as I go along. I wanted a higher deck in front than the plans, which had them both at the same height. I wanted the whole thing lower in the water by two inches. I wanted rocker, quite a bit. I wanted more vee. I used shop bought moulding for sheer clamps and coaming. I guess I like to "cheat". NO one will ever have a boat that is just like mine. :mrgreen:
Example, where I used quad moulding for sheer clamps ( which I believe is worth consideration for anyone) I was able to plane away a nice angle where the deck meets the sides. Rather than have that sharp angle that is easily damaged. Thought I was real smart. It looked crap*** when I added resin! Because of the variation in the middle ply which I had exposed on both pieces, light, dark, light dark. Tonight I found a solution and can fix it up pretty. A $5 bamboo floor mat which I stripped down to make lightweight hatches is also a perfect fit over the angle. Apart from the cover up it will be a sacrificial and quite hard wearing strip that happens to be a nice contrast with wood either side of it. (whew)
I make a lot of work for myself doing stuff. I suppose the alternative would be to take up watching tv and that's not gonna happen.
Again I appreciate the praise but craftmanship its not :oops:
Cheers John.

Ps *** You can see what I mean on the bottom pic. You can also see the bamboo stuff as a hatch cover on the deck. The strips fit very nicely along there.
Pps ****
No disrespect to Matt, but I believe this boat was a poor seller because of the blandness of the deck's profile. The hull profile as viewed from the side was awesome though, just a little high for a lightweight paddler. Pics middle of this page at sparkey's. ... 9&start=30
cheers John.

Author:  goanywhere [ Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:50 am ]
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Hey, to make all those adjustments you have to know something about how to build a boat like that. I wouldn't dare make any substantial changes unless I have a bit of experience under my belt, other than external fittings etc.

Custom designing without plans.... that's craftsmanship in my book!

Author:  john the pom [ Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:52 am ]
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Nah its just like driving in scarey traffic. close yer eyes it'll all work out. :|

Author:  goanywhere [ Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:48 am ]
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Okayyy..... now I'm not so sure.... close your eyes in scary traffic.... mmm... :lol: :lol:

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