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Old 03-05-2016, 08:41   #16
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Re: Rowing equipment?

Pics as i am building the chameleon. Started about a month ago in my spare time. Currently have entire bottom glassed. Its my first stitch and glue boat so I am learning along the way. I don't think I have screwed anything up too bad yet.
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Old 03-05-2016, 20:19   #17
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Re: Rowing equipment?

Looks good to me. How did you join the ends of the panels? In the photos it looks like a simple butt joint.
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Old 03-05-2016, 22:08   #18
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Hop I read devlins book on boat building the stitch and glue method of building boats and the recommended procedure with the joints with the panels is to plane the edges so they make a good fit with the angles as needed. I did my best and I didnt have to tune the boat out too much when I measured for twist/trueness of the boat before I started glassing it. In that I was pleased.
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been rowing all my life.........in dinghies......surf boats.......and in racing 4's and 8's.........used all sorts of oars......and rowlocks.....

nothing beats timber oars

nothing beats Gaco rowlocks.....an intelligent approach to rowlocks.....check their site
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Couldn't buy a hard dink small enough to stow on my foredeck, so built a little 6' stitch and glue. Another story for another thread.

Running 7' Crooked Creek oars from Wally World of all places. New Zealand Pine with grips for 29 bucks ea. Real "war clubs" when you get 'em, but an hour or so with the belt sander and some #60 grit will skin several pounds off them and improve the balance. Oval shaped the shafts, and reduced the blade edge down to around 1/4" leaving the center of the blade about the same. Big improvement. 2 coats of Raku epoxy soaked into the raw wood, then a coat or three of varnish.

Made a home brew serving mallet from and old meat tenderizer and wrapped the shafts (at the oarlock) with 1/4" twisted nylon from the local big box store. Installed closed ring bronze oar locks and added leathers top and bottom to capture the locks (they don't float) Materials for the leathers came from the local thrift store in the form of a couple of 1-1/2" wide belts. Leathers secured with filled Raku epoxy.

Total cost around $75 not including locks. Have been using them most every day for the last 2 years and 1500 miles. Only problems were the leathers on one oar started to come loose a few weeks ago. 30 min repair.
Time for some new varnish, but I got "keys disease".

Other than that, they have been a good choice for me. Cheap, durable and available. Pics of the dink, and the serving mallet attached. If anyone wants additional info, PM me or post and I will start another thread. Sorry, no pics of the oars handy, but can post on request.

Mallet photo is of a test wrap on a piece of pine dowel Actually built 2 dinks, a 6' for the Solitaire and a 7-6 for sale (Only one more sheet of ply) Mermaid photo is of 7-6 dink which brought enough to pay for both dinks and oars.
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