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 Post subject: Stalker build log
PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:52 am 
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Location: Goulburn, NSW, Australia
Hey everybody.

My plans have arrived for my Stalker so I thought it time I introduced myself and kept a log of the process. Apart from Matt's awesome designs, these forums were a big factor in deciding to go with a JEM boat for a first time build.

I deliberated over design for quite a while before settling on the Stalker. I live in Goulburn in Australia, not far from Canberra. I want a boat to fish the many lakes and rivers in the ACT region, most of which are only open to unpowered or electric craft. I also spend a reasonable amount of time on the south coast so would be fishing the many various rivers, lakes and estuaries down that way.

I initially was all set on a kayak, but changed my mind after some deliberation. Having a wife and young child, I thought it would be nice to have a boat that we could all go in. Also, none of my mates have kayaks so now at least I'll have the option of company if I feel like it. Finally, I opted to actually heed Matt's advice and build something slightly simpler for a first project. I'm pretty sure this won't be my last project so there's always time for a kayak or two (or six) down the track...

So I'll do my best to keep updating with my progress. I'll be buying materials to get started this weekend and will be seeing how much I can get done with a week off work, although with a 2 year old the build time will more than likely be on the slower side.

I can't wait to get stuck in and look forward to "borrowing" all the great ideas I have seen on these forums.

Cheers

Greg


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 Post subject: Re: Stalker build log
PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:15 am 
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Welcome aboard! Looking forward to hearing and seeing the build.

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 Post subject: Re: Stalker build log
PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:20 am 
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I started the lofting process today. It's painstaking work, and very easy to make mistakes but I found it really enjoyable. Important to check everything at least a couple of times though.
I didn't take any photos as lofted panels are not very exciting. I did however spend the weekend building this, and I am really glad I did as drawing up those panels on the floor would have been a nightmare.
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The plywood I am using is 4mm Pacific Maple (Meranti) marine ply. It has B grade face both sides but I'm prepared to paint the boat anyway. Being a first time build there may be things I have to cover up :) . The best thing about it is that it was $33 per sheet, compared to $80+ for hoop pine.


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 Post subject: Re: Stalker build log
PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:20 am 
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That's a smart approach for your first time: Do the best you can but accept you'll make a couple minor mistake that a nice paint job can cover up. And wise move to make yourself a nice workbench.

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 Post subject: Re: Stalker build log
PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:28 pm 
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Moony,

If your boat comes out a quarter as nice as that work table it will be a beauty.


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 Post subject: Re: Stalker build log
PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:28 am 
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Work table? Nah, that's just a lofting table. Gotta throw that out and build a gluing table now :)


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 Post subject: Re: Stalker build log
PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:13 am 
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Well, finally some progress to report on. I've been snatching the odd bit of time here and there while the boy has his naps and have been getting panels cut out and sanded. It's been a bit of a waiting game though as I only have the weekends to do stuff that involves power tools (I'm away from 7am-7pm weekdays for work).
Now that that's all done though I can utilise nights during the week.
Tonight I got the panels all glued up and hopefully I'll get fibreglass splices on them over the next couple of nights. If all goes to plan I might be able to start stitching by Sunday. I'm really looking forward to it starting to look like a boat.
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 Post subject: Re: Stalker build log
PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:58 am 
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I love mine, just don’t get to use it as much as I would like to.

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Looking forward to the build!

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 Post subject: Re: Stalker build log
PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:56 am 
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Is it done yet???

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