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Sanding the Hull

Mike John

Rhino 3D

I am working my way through the training bundle which combines Learning Rhino 5 and Rhino 5 Advanced Techniques. I like it. It is not all specific to boats but I found one boat hull section in Rhino 5 Advanced Techniques. I always find videos much easier to learn software from:

There are some free videos to watch and you can download Rhino for 90 days free here

My first drawing - Forest and Stream Skiff

If you do buy this course, their video player will drive you nuts as, every time you move your mouse around, popups for the movie menu and controller will come up. To get around this, find the data folder and movies folder within that and play the mp4 files with some other software. I use smplayer and you can speed the video up to save time. It is a good course though and I am enjoying it. Not affiliated - just like it.

Mike John

Mechanical Oar

A fun and simple sculling oar I built from angle aluminum, plywood and a string trimmer shaft. It's mounted in a clamp style oarlock with a motor clamp bracket from an old 4 hp outboard. As you can see in the video it works quite well. The original mounting bracket was made from a cypress board and a wheelbarrow axle mount held with C clamps.


Clamp Rack

This doesn't happen often. Clamps organized and out of the way. The rack used to be the front of an old crib that went out of service years ago. Attached to the wall with cleats so there is a little space behind each rail.


Thorn Dinghy

I almost had great sailing videos but I forgot my sprits on our last trip. I jury rigged my oars to work instead, which was not a bad fix but we are going again at the end of the week so I will remember all my parts and a video will be sent out next week.

PS A couple pics of the jury rig, it worked better if the oars were on opposite sides. I was also out in strong winds with a scandalized sail and Thorn sailed very well.

Roy Schreyer

Work Cart

I wanted a simple but heavy-duty cart to hold my jointer and planer that allowed them to be moved around easily, and this is what I came up with. I was able to incorporate a slick little hidden drawer to boot!

An instructable.

Mike John

Scamp Mast-Step

One idea for SCAMP builders making the mast-step and partner to fit the trunk. After two practice runs using dimensional wood, I came up with this; went very quickly and accurately.

From Facebook.

Stacy Smith

Paint Strainer

Oklahoma Redneck paint strainer (when you have a little paint left in the tray and want to put it back into the can):

1. Eat the ingredients in an 8oz plastic container;
2. Cut out the inside of the lid;
3. Talk your Grandpaw out of an old wife-beater undershirt, more threadbare, the better;
4. Lay a piece of the undershirt over the top of the container and put the lid over it;
5. Pour the paint;
6 Done.


Scrimp Gets A Bench And Other Things

My dad and I built a Mayfly 14 about 8 years ago. It's a great boat and has seen us through many adventures.  It even recently got to meet its designer Jim Michalak at the 2015 Midwest Messabout. Jim casually mentioned it could use a bench across the aft part of the cockpit. This got me thinking.

Fast forward a couple of months- some left over lumber and deck screws and (true to its name) the Scrimp gets a zero dollar upgrade (ok I sprung for a cleat at the hardware store).

The bench sports a 1/2" birch ply top with 2x2s on the forward and aft edges for stiffness. Naturally, the top has a slight taper fore to aft to accommodate the angles of the boat. The legs are four 2x2 posts extending down to a fore to aft foot board on each side which allows for easy level adjustment. (Note the yellow circle in above photo)

Overall height is 9 inches or 11 with the square cushions sitting atop. Fore to aft is 16 inches dictated by the cushion dimensions.

As a bonus feature, this bench will lift out and sit on the back deck to provide total access to the interior cockpit. I have visions of overnighting in the cockpit.  Although, A a quick trial sprawl there reveals adequate room for my feet under the bench.

How does it lift out you ask? A small cleat center mounted low on the aft cockpit wall provides an anchor point for a line running up to the forward cross stiffener. Did you get that? Think "draw the bench aft and down" and you get the idea. The cleat arrangement allows easy removal.

Showing the cleat above.

Tom Burton

Golf Anyone

So building something is only half of it. Sometimes you need to engineer something to get it to the water. This is a repurposed golf bag cart used to carry my two Dave Gentry designed paddleboards the fifteen minute walk down to the lake.


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