Summer Photo Contest 2020 Winners

Best Boat Build – Rob Funk – Wood Strip kayak

Best Furniture/ Woodworking Build – Tim Gallagher – Adirondack Chairs

Best Restoration – Mark Baragar – “LaFenice” 1964 56′ Chris Craft Roamer

Congratulations to the winners of our JD Summer 2020 Photo Contest! We love picking a few winners when we have so many awesome entries for our photo contests, and again the entries did not disappoint. It seems like the lockdown/ quarantine kept many of you busy with new or old projects and with some new found skills that were put to good use. We invite you to check out all the great photo entries we got in the public Facebook album below. (You don’t have to have an account to check out the photos!) We got submissions of old boats, new skills, new uses of an “old” product and some fun builds that are not the run-of-the-mill that really made us smile. Be sure to let us know what inspires you to get back to something forgotten or pick up something entirely new! Leave us a comment below or send us some photos. We love to see what you’re working on and how we can help!

Click on the Facebook “F” below to see all the photos in the album. Each winner will receive a $100 JD Credit on their account plus a TotalBoat hat and t-shirt!

Tim Gallagher – Best Furniture/ Woodworking Build  – Adirondack Chairs  

Adirondacks: reclaimed redwood bleachers for arms; local red cedar, and TotalBoat Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer and amber Halcyon Varnish of 5 coats. Paul Jackman design. 

I am a school teacher and fiddle and mandolin player who lost all my gigs this summer, gigs that were in the family budget. I was cleaning out buildings in April when I rediscovered some antique redwood bleachers I saved from the dump. Wanting to always build adirondacks I found Paul Jackman and purchased his design and finish recommendation to use Total Boat. I was successful in building 10 chairs, 8 of which I sold and was able to save myself from leaving the house too much and get a job away from my family. This has been such a great experience and outlet for my creative energy usually dedicated to being a professional musician.

Mark Baragar – 1964 Chris Craft Roamer – Best Restoration

Over the last 2 years I’ve been restoring/refitting, or whatever you want to call it, this 1964 56’ Chris Craft Roamer. Most of the products are from TotalBoat. You can thank Andy for that. I’ve been consulting with him throughout most of this project as I knew nothing about fiberglass, epoxy, or painting before I started the project. I have hundreds of photos at a Facebook page:

Rob Funk – The Yak-noe Build – Best New Build 

I just took my final project (Covid-19) out onto the water this morning.  The float/ride was too much fun.  I’ll piece together the story, as well as provide links to my YouTube channel that documents the process of building a Featherweight Canoe from “Mac” McCarty’s book. This is my first attempt as a wood strip boat.

The details about the Wee Lassie; I used local Beetle Kill pine to build the 1/4″ wood strips.  There are 3 distinct boards used, and they define each side of the boat.  I only needed a few strips for the bottom, so that is why it doesn’t look like it blends in all that well.  However, the contrast is still fun.  Most of the beetle holes are filled with crushed turquoise to add a bit of flair to the wood.  The thwart, foot braces, and gunwale spacers are made from Purpleheart, to bring contrast to the pine wood.  

The featherweight canoe, double paddle canoe, or as I like to call it, a Yak-noe, weighs in a 31 pounds.  This is one pound over the target weight for Mac’s design.  We will try to shed some pounds on our next 2 builds.  The paddle is made out of leftover bead/cove stock and fiberglassed on both sides. The carbon fiber tubes keep the paddles incredibly light.  The paddle weighs in at 1.5 pounds.   And the drip rings are 3D printed on our little budget printer at home. 

Last week I just finished applying the Gleam 2.0 varnish, 4 coats outside, 3 inside.  I did struggle with the spray gun, leaving a dry, satin look.  So I ditched the sprayer and grabbed a foam brush for the last 2 coats. Might have been the weather. Maybe an old, outdated spray gun.  Or just me.  I haven’t posted the finishing videos yet as I am still editing them.  

Well done and thanks to all who submitted photos. It’s worth checking them all out in the album, as there are some inspiring projects and accomplishments in there! Enjoy!

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