Our skiff is almost complete!
We are waiting on the new adjustable height windshield & mount, but besides that we only need to install the motor and cables and a few other small things.
We were pulled off skiff building for a good part of the spring, filling orders for our other business, PT Foils, but now we are full speed finishing our skiff and getting ready for a cross country tour. We are going to the Wooden Boat show in Mystic, Connecticut ( http://www.thewoodenboatshow.com/ ) in late June and then touring New England. E-mail us if you want to see the boat.
We have also scheduled having our boat tested by the Coast Guard at their testing facility in Maryland. This testing involves filling the boat with water and testing for flotation and stability when flooded, among other things. The testing we are doing is voluntary but seems important on a boat we are promoting for it’s seaworthiness.
There are many details on the skiff since the last blog post, but soon it will be out of the shop and we will be able to take good photographs. Our shop has 7’ ceilings and while it is easy to heat, the light for photos is not so good.
In other news, we just sold a kit to Tim Smyth. Tim was one of the two lead builders of the BMW Oracle trimaran that just won the America’s cup. Tim’s
P T Skiff kit is on it’s way to New Zealand.
We weighed our boat recently. 340 pounds without the engine and some other things.
This is about the same as the first prototype.
We chose the same engine that the first prototype had, a Yamaha 20.
Our first kit buyer, J. Brandt chose the Evinrude E-TEC 25. Comparing performance will be very interesting.
Following are a few photos of the boat as it looks right now.
Following are pictures of the hull glassed and the final gloss coat finished. We are ready to paint the hull this week.
FEBRUARY 18, 2010
A bunch of good friends showed up to turn the skiff over. Thank you!
February 14th, 2010
Happy Valentines Day World.
Progress as of today.. All inside structure and finish work is complete. We are ready to turn the boat over and glass the bottom.
PT Skiff prototype 2 Feb. 13, 2010
PT Skiff prototype 2
Inside structure and finish work complete
January 25th, 2010!
I know! I know! I am getting slack with blog posting! Well, dang... It is not like there hasn't been a whole lot happening!
Today I am posting a shot of the CNC cutting that happened on the 15th and a couple of shots of the recent final coating of the inside of the PT SKIFF. We have decided to keep it clear coated as this boat is our showpiece and people have really loved the clear finish. Further, the construction techniques are clearly visible and it helps people get a good picture of how the boat went together. So here goes...
Paste this YouTube link into your address bar to see a brief clip of the coating.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGyaVfV-yeo
JANUARY 1st, 2010!
Happy 2010 to all! We are back online again ...
All 3 seat tops ready for final installation. Almost all surfaces have been glassed and are ready for the final gloss coat of epoxy.
Cheers for now...AE
DECEMBER 28th, 2009
HOPE EVERYONE HAS ENJOYED THIS LAST WEEK! I know we have not updated recently but that does not mean progress has not been made between entertaining friends and family and being entertained. We will be uploading new photos shortly of the console and drivers seat in and the forward floor in and more. Wishing all a HAPPY NEW YEAR and may 2010 be a positive year for you!
DECEMBER 20, 2009
DECEMBER 8, 2009
This past week we finished glassing the chines and have been making the patterns for, and cutting the lumber parts for this boat and at least 5 more kits. Pictured below are the glue-cleats placed near their positions.
DECEMBER 2nd, 2009
Filleting and taping the chines..
New pictures and more to come.
Progress is being made! The next set of pictures shows aligning the stem, topside panels and sheer clamps, transom inwhales and side decks prep.
Updates are happening weekly so please keep checking. We could easily be twice as far but the manual is specific and comprehensive and all will no doubt agree, worth the time taken to create it. Cheers..AE
Over the last couple of weeks, we have made a lot of progress even though we are working on the builder’s manual more than the boat.
Pre-finishing parts is a large part of the job in the beginning of building this boat. This stage goes really fast on the bench and means very little finish work later.
The assembly goes really quickly thanks to the tongues and slots. Here are some pictures of where we are to date and we will post more in the next few days.
Pre-finishing parts is done and the cradles are ready. This first week of November will see the skiff get wired together.We have been able to refine much of the building technique with this skiff so that the manual reads better and your building experience will be easier.
Pre-finishing is the first part of building the PT Skiff.
Building has begun. See here all the ply parts cut.