Yellow Submarine

August 29th, 2010 by J.T.

Our good friend insisted that the boat would be headed straight to the bot­tom of what­ever body of water we placed it in. We agree, so we painted her up to look like The Bea­t­les Yel­low Sub­ma­rine. Huzzah!

Instant Boat! Just add water!

June 28th, 2010 by Justin


It’s hard to believe but the major con­struc­tion of this beast is done! I’ll do an update later with more specifics but here’s a quick update.  Yes­ter­day, I glued and screwed the decks down, routed the edges of the decks, filled screw holes and gaps with bondo, cleaned out the inside of the boat, prep sanded the boat and started prim­ing the inside. There are still a few things left to do…we have to paint and epoxy, fit the seat rails, get the slid­ing seat mech­a­nism work­ing and fit any mis­cel­la­neous parts that we for­got. We’re close, very close!

Paint and Powder

June 25th, 2010 by J.T.

Real Color Wheel

Real Color Wheel

I con­fess we have been dream­ing about paint­ing this boat for a long time. Even before the first panel was cut, we asked, “Should we do a flame job on it?”. We’ve bounced back and forth on what type of paint to use based on how much we wanted to spend, how much our bud­get inflated (cur­rently $604.04) and how many col­ors we wanted. This post describes the ratio­nale for our choice. Read the rest of this entry »

The ‘itis

June 25th, 2010 by J.T.

Number one - a rib

Num­ber one — a rib

Ribs: they give me the ‘itis. I’m going to have to take a nap after I fin­ish this post. I just get so sleepy… thinkin’ about ribs… The boat holds its shape on its own by virtue of the tor­sions on the pan­els, but it’s smart to have a lit­tle extra struc­tural sup­port so we added three ribs. We are run­ning a lit­tle low on epoxy so we are exper­i­ment­ing with other fillers like liq­uid nails. Read the rest of this entry »


June 24th, 2010 by J.T.



Sum­mer­time is really here and you can tell because even the boat is anx­ious to cool off in the water. She held water with a few leaks that will hope­fully be patched up with a coat of graphite and epoxy. Remain­ing on the to do list are gun­wales, ribs, decks, and row­ing hard­ware. I’m not sure whose reefer that is grow­ing in the back­ground. Who’s your gar­dener, Peter Tosh?

Gossamer Threads

June 24th, 2010 by J.T.

Interior taping

Inte­rior taping

Justin has been a real force of nature work­ing on the boat since the end of the last week­end I came up to work. There are a lot of updates forth­com­ing, but this update deals specif­i­cally with the appli­ca­tion of fiber­glass to the inte­rior seams and exte­rior pan­els. We used 6 oz tape for the inte­rior seams for strength and 3.25 oz cloth on the exte­rior pan­els mainly for abra­sion resis­tance when beach­ing. Read the rest of this entry »


June 15th, 2010 by J.T.

Style profile

Style pro­file

This post is the third in a series on our lat­est con­struc­tion week­end. The pre­vi­ous posts were Mea­sure 500x, Cut Once and The Shapes of Things to Come. This post details Sat­ur­days work, which con­sisted mainly of set­ting up ele­va­tions on the strong­back, align­ing the tem­po­rary frames, and stitch­ing the cen­ter seams of the boat. After all of that stitch­ing, no one lost an eye but our hands were pun­ished. Read the rest of this entry »

The Shapes of Things to Come

June 14th, 2010 by J.T.
Scroll saw

Scroll saw

This post is the sec­ond in a series on our lat­est con­struc­tion week­end. The pre­vi­ous post was Mea­sure 500x, Cut Once. This post details Fri­day evenings work, which con­sisted mainly of cut­ting out the shapes plot­ted ear­lier in the day. There were a few hic­cups, but we were pleased with the progress we achieved on that day. Read the rest of this entry »

Measure 500x, Cut Once

June 13th, 2010 by J.T.
Plotting something big

Plot­ting some­thing big

This post is the first in a series on our lat­est con­struc­tion week­end. I spent the entire day Fri­day plot­ting out the curves that will become our boat on the 4’x16’ sheets that Justin had made by join­ing two 4’x8’ sheets. In the end, every­thing came together with­out any major foul ups. Read the rest of this entry »

Not Penny’s Boat

May 25th, 2010 by Justin

Don’t hate it, con­grat­u­late it!

The con­struc­tion of Don’t Hate Con­grat­u­late offi­cially started on Sat­ur­day! Please hold your applause… It’s one thing to dream about build­ing a boat and another to thing to actu­ally build it. When J.T. and I first enter­tained the idea of build­ing a boat we wanted to build it in a week­end and set sail on a Mon­day. At the time it seemed rea­son­able. I mean, stich, glue, finis, right? I real­ized on Sat­ur­day, as I inhaled my first whiff of epoxy, that this was going to be a lit­tle more than a week­end project. Read the rest of this entry »