Tedium ad Nauseum

Removing all the deck planks from my 1948 Speed Liner left screw holes in the underlying frames and deck supports.  So as to provide for fresh wood into which to insert the new screws when I mount the new deck boards, covering boards, and hull side planks I had to fill all the screw holes.  I started … More Tedium ad Nauseum

Seam Batten Insomnia

For the last two weeks I have spent many sleepless hours worrying about making the new seam battens for my 1948 Speed Liner.  Seam battens provide a horizontal base into which to screw adjacent hull side planks.  They are mounted onto the hull frames, which run vertically, and inset into dado notches.  I’m not sure why this stressed … More Seam Batten Insomnia

Engineering Ingenuity

When my 1948 Speed Liner 14′ Trophy Deluxe Racing Runabout arrived from Montana the mahogany hull sides and plywood bottom were covered over with fiberglass.  To a purist, covering mahogany hull side planks with fiberglass is a blasphemous act.  However, to a Montana farmer who didn’t want to take the time to soak the boat … More Engineering Ingenuity

Morning Wood

Yesterday morning Sweeney Hardwoods delivered a load of beautiful African Mahogany to my house.  They are all 12′ lengths and 6″ to 9″ wide.  I bought 6/4 rough-sawn wood, which means it was 1-1/2″ thick to begin with.  I had them resaw the planks in half, plane them down to a 1/2″ thickness, and then put a straight edge … More Morning Wood