Episode 21: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory (Meet Lou Tomorrow at the Tent Sale!)

Now that Lou’s TotalBoat Sport Dory bottom is complete, it’s time for planking! The next pieces are the port and starboard broadstrakes. These planks will be bedded and screwed together through to the plastic frames. Because of the thickness of the planks, you would have to do something to make them sit down flush especially up near the bow where the shape of the Dory has a strong twist. So instead of steaming the planks, we’re going to actually cut the plank right down the middle and then glue it back together with epoxy when it’s BACK ON the boat. This allows the plank to flex far more easily and lay down just right through that twist near the bow. The next step will be to let the epoxy dry and then take the plank off before adding some bedding compound and then screwing the plank through the garboard and into the plastic frames.

Tune in to Episode 21 and join Lou for his latest Dory work. You’re sure to pick up some useful tips that you never thought of, which is Lou’s specialty! He has his own way of doing things and he’s eager to share these methods with you!

Come meet Lou and lend a hand with his TotalBoat Sport Dory build, tomorrow from 8-3PM at our Jamestown Distributors in Bristol, RI! There will be food, drinks and plenty of fun for the whole family!

7 responses to “Episode 21: Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory (Meet Lou Tomorrow at the Tent Sale!)

  1. I REALLY look forward to these videos every week. Lou is a great teacher and TotalBoat is luck to have him!!!!

  2. Lou, great job. I am surprised however no one has advised you against using kevlar on the bottom. If there is any abrasion on the fabric, you will have these fuzzy bits all over that you cannot sand down and fair. I would highly recommend at least 2 layers of 6 oz fiberglass on top of the carbon kevlar to be the sacrificial/fairing layers, so you never touch the kevlar. Also I would replace that tape with 8 oz fiberglass tape, for the same reasons. Good luck
    Tinho Dornellas

  3. Very interesting about the mixing cup.
    The 2:1 column made perfect sense.
    2+1 stopped perfectly at the 3. Of course it would in 2:1.
    But when I look at the 1:1 column I would have thought that
    1 + 1 would now be at the “2” spot. I wasn’t even close!

    I think I like Lou’s first method better! Safer.
    Lou, you are the Man!

  4. I am confused by one thing in the video. It looks like you made two planks for the same position on the boat. After splitting the plank on the band saw you remove the plank temporarily clamped in place to fit the new plank.

    I love your videos and can’t wait for the next one.

  5. Love the Atlas Press band saw from Kalamazoo
    My Dad use to mow the owners yard every summer and in the fall always got a saw or drill press, etc, for his labor
    I still have the band saw and a edger in my shop, still works like a charm.

  6. I agree with all the positive comments above. What a fantastic job you are doing. I am curious about the comment on Kevlar and glass cloth. I am currently building a 25 ft hydroplane and had thought to do the same as you have done. For some reason I have had the idea that fiber glass cloth will wick moisture so I really liked the Kevlar-carbon mix thinking it would not wick in an epoxy mix. Cost is a big factor against the K/C material for my size of boat but if you shop eBay sometimes you can get lucky. When the snow finally melts and the temp is up to 50 I will be fairing my frames and planking the bottom with two layers of marine ply wood. So by July I may be ready to apply some cloth. Thank you for your great teaching and this program.

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