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BourbonMoth: Learning To Be a Boatbuilder

It’s ok to laugh at Jason Hibbs, the comical bearded woodworker turned boatbuilder from Oregon. He’s making fun of himself and his lack of nautical know-how as he takes on his first-ever boat build. With a shop full of tools and plans and plywood, Hibbs gets himself well into a drift boat build after only a short time. He first procures some fancy, pre-cut plywood boards, making quick work of scarf joints we’ve all agonized over, and gets right to the sticky stuff, adding a protective layer of High Performance epoxy with the boatbuilder favorite Medium Hardener.

Before we know it, Hibbs has built his frames and is bending the plywood from the stem to the stern, and BOOM, his boat is born. Or at least it’s looking very much like a boat, surprising even Hibbs who’s woodworking skills help him slide his frames into perfect position inside the plywood sides. There’s plenty more on deck with Hibbs as he works through the upcoming steps of attaching the bottom and building in seats, gunwales, and the other fun boat parts. He’s using 5200 to build his frames so us boaters know there’s no going back now! 

Follow along with this comical novice’s first experience with the joys of being a boatbuilder.

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16 responses to “BourbonMoth: Learning To Be a Boatbuilder

  1. Jason – great work! I built a Cajune boat in my garage 4 years ago. Holy S@#$ I wish I had your set up. Love the idea with the insulation on the floor! Happy fishing – or as I have found, happy rowing. Make sure you trust and teach someone else to row!

  2. You have accomplished something I have always dreamed of. I grew up on wood boats but never built a wood dinghy. A great video and a memorable story.

  3. Jason- great video. Having just completed a stitch and glue pram, I understand the anxiety produced in a first time boat built.

    You did scare me with your free hand tablesaw cutting. Wouldn’t a taper jig be safer?

    Good luck with the balance of this build.

  4. Great shop and you have fantastic tools…love Festool products. All mine were destroyed in a barn fire.

    Meanwhile, where in Washington did you get the CnC cutting done?
    I have built several boats (yup one gone with that fire) and went to Washington to purchase the Oakum ply.

    I live in Oregon 40 miles south of PDX

  5. Great video ! Love the delivery, commentary, humor and your shop ! Also your “seat of the pants” techniques. Kinda the way I work but you are much neater ! You’ve obviously done some of this stuff before. Look forward to the next vid !! Musics cool too 👍
    PS : been to Bend often, love Oregon & Deschutes Brewery,River etc..

  6. Nice work. My son and I have built 2 boats a 15 1/2 ft Drift Boat and a 8’ Duck Hunting Boat. It’s a a lot of work but very satisfying. Very good video.

    1. 5200 is not an epoxy but is a polyurethane sealant by 3M
      It is so adhesive & water repellant that when I removed the exhaust port on my old sail boat, it tore the wood around it out. This is a permanent sealer

  7. Love this video! Has nudged me forward to start Cajune 15’ Skiff. How much epoxy have you planned for? Is 5 gal kit too much? Buy 1 gal kit at a time? Thank you.

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