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Sea Knight - Happy New Year

Happy 2014 everyone!  I took November and December off, except to tear down the temporary structure I had built over my parking spot.  It is now January 2014 and I am ready to get back at her and see if I can finish her off in time for the summer.

Outside Covered

After I took my structure down I covered her up with a new heavy duty tarp.  It helps keep it warm and dry inside while I am working on the interior of the cabin, with the help of a little portable heater. Which you can see here in my empty cabin.

Putting the interior together

Putting the interior together

Sea Knight - Topside Painted

Well the last month has been a flurry of activity trying to get the top finished off and painted before the cold weather really hits and I am glad to report I got it done.

Last post I had put up the bulkheads and it was time to get started on building the roof, which involved putting up the roof beams and supports along the cabin sides.

Cabin Roof

The windshield was sure a project in patience.  Freaked me right out as the instructions said to use dowels to join the pieces together which adds a level complexity. 


Somehow I managed to get them together fairly well, and then as I started to fair and shape them to fit I noticed I was planing through some of the dowels.  Guess that is why I couldn't just screw them together.


Sea Knight - Getting Started Top Side

It has been a while since I updated my blog, but we had an absolutely gorgeous summer up here this year and I ended up spending more time with my patient better half and enjoying some great adventures.  After how much time I spent working on the boat last summer I couldn't do that again this summer.  She even came up with the name for the boat, "My Mistress".

I wasn't completely idle though since flipping the boat.  I got my little parking spot cleaned up, back the boat in and got the boat level.


Cleaned up the top of the hull cutting and planing it down level with the top of the sheers.  Next cut out the carlings and mounted them to the inside of the frames.

Mounting Carlings

Next I need to install the deck frames.

Installing Deck Frames

Sea Knight - Flipping

I wish there was some way to express how excited I was last week but I do not know if there is anyway to put it to words.  I went and got a new trailer for my boat and spent a couple of days disconecting the boat hull from the building form in anticipation of flipping the boat over. 

YYiippeee!! I finally get to see it right side up, no more looking at the bottom of the boat.

Got a bunch of friends to come over and help with the grande boat flipping ceremony.  Had more than enough people show up and some came that couldn't help.  But everyone was almost as excited as I was to share this moment.

I am building this in a parking spot in my apartment buildings parking lot so the method was to lift it up, carry it straight forward over the building form.  Lay it down on the carpet, roll it over, then give it a turn so that we can carry it straight onto the trailer.  Then I could clean up the parking spot, tear down the building form and push the boat and trailer back into its parking spot.

Alright everyone lets give this a try.

Sea Knight - Painting

Here we are the first week of July (happy Canada Day and happy Independence Day) and she is painted and ready to be flipped over. 

Lets not get ahead of myself, but I am so excited right now.  Its not that I am tired of seeing the bottom of the boat, but I am tired of seeing the bottom of the boat and it is just such a milestone of this project. 

Took a weekend in June to go up to Pender Harbour with my better half as she has been so patient and understanding while I have been working on this project which has been taking up a lot of free time.  What a beautiful part of the world.  We stayed in one of the resorts on the water there, put the canoes in Saturday morning and rowed the whole day visiting different areas for morning coffee, lunch, and an ice cream before we went back to the resort near dinner time.

Sea Knight - Fibreglassing

Prior to putting the fibreglass on, I had a some low spots about midway that needed to be filled and faired so I could get the back half on the bottom as straight and smooth as possible.  However, it turns out I am not that good at fairing and filling and for a while there thought I had done more damage than good.  I am happy to report though I did manage to get thru it and I even expanded some of my vocabulary.


Shop cats and epoxy

Pete the Cat under boatTransom on, bottom braced, I attached the frames and the stem.  With the frames in place, it's easy to see where the bottom bevel needs to end up, and I could see that I'd been pretty generous when I cut the bottom out.  I left plenty of stock to trim away, and it looked like I'd be planing forever, but it turned out to be less of a job than I feared.  I stropped my plane, put some music on, and planed happily away; got a little carried away, evidently, because when I checked the bevel at the fourth frame, I found I had gone too far.  The first stumble is painful, but plywood garboards will bend enough to compensate for the dip in the bottom bevel, and I'll just have to hope that people are too polite to stare at my bottom and snigger.

1956 Helton Wood Boat

Hello All!!

My father, brother-in-law, and I have recently started this project of restoring a 1956 Helton Wood Boat that my father has had sitting in his yard for some years Tongue out.

We decided to start from the bottom up with the original Tilt O Matic trailer...

Tilt O Matic top part This is the top of the Tilt O Matic trailer. This is to be sanded, Phospho treated, and then painted an International Red since my father is an "old" engine and tractor buff Laughing.


This used to be an old 50's Green which had all but coroded away. Fortunately the green is still on the boat and looks in pretty good shape to keep.

Steel Wing Straps and other Steel parts

I started by laying out an ordinate table for the GA35A415 Long Coot (LC) wing at 75 inches long.  This information gave me a maximum wing thicness of 11.244" at station 26.25", or 35% of wing chord length.  Subtracting 1/8 for each wing skin gives me a maximum main spar height of 10.994 inches.  This is the outside dimension the spar is to be made. 

Best Marine Epoxy

My favorite epoxy? Progressive Basic No-Blush Epoxy

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