Building the duck barge

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  1. sheboyganjohn

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    Time to get back to posting videos. Here is my draw up of the blind.

     
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    Here is how I turned the hull over by myself. Would have had help but you know how on time post-high school teenagers are.

     
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    For the next 6 videos I will be cutting and fitting everything for the inside floor, the stub walls to hold the deck in place, the engine bracket and the outer deck around the boat. After I get this all done, I take it all apart and start glassing things in place.

    So for the first in this group I am installing the flotation in the floor along with cutting and fitting the floor.
     
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    In this video I am building the engine bracket. This turned into a lot more of a project then I was planning. It was a real pain to get all the angles just right and align it so it would be flush at the top so it could be tied in with the main deck.

     
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    Gluing and screwing the floor in place. Used the PL premium construction adhesive.

     
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    Building all the stub walls to hold up the side decks. At this point in the build I still had no idea how I was going to attach the blind to the boat. I kind of made it up as I went along. I think I finally decided on it when I was getting ready to install it.

    I found the biggest waste of time I had in this build was sitting there starring at the boat running through all the options of the methods to use for the upcoming parts of the build. I most likely wasted two days of time just starring at it.

     
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    I always hated water sloshing around in the old boat so I build a sump in the rear of the boat and have a bilge pump installed in it. The one problem I had latter in the build is I would drop something and it would roll back into the bilge. 3' into a 10" opening is not fun to reach into. Ended up installing a screw in access port in the rear deck so I could clean it out easily.

     
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    This is the last one for tonight. Dry fitting the entire deck. Next step is to strip everything out and start glassing the inside. I did the outer hull in epoxy, I glassed the inside with poly.

     
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    Now for the glass work. I actually do some work while you watch in this video instead of just showing you what I did and then talking through it.

     
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    Shows the motor bracket attached to the hull along with the building of the side decks.

     

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