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crispyspa 05-04-2009 10:23 PM

building a retrieval boat
 
.....Or re-building, rather. LOL

I have been shopping around, looking for a Dinghy, Tender or a small 10 foot flat bottom boat to use as a recovery vehicle. The past few weeks I have turned up nothing so it was time to rethink the type/length of boat.

I found this 14 foot John boat today and thought why not shrink it to the size I want?

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i2...d/DSC04018.jpg

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i2...d/DSC04019.jpg



I brought it home and stared at it for an hour formulating my plan of attack. After removing the middle seat and laying out the spots to cut...

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i2...d/DSC04020.jpg

I started chopping!

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i2...d/DSC04021.jpg

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i2...d/DSC04022.jpg

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i2...d/DSC04025.jpg

I called my friend who does tig welding, you remember...the one who works for a "cup of coffee"? :lol: I called to see if he had some time on his hands. I set up the boat, sanded the spots where the welds will go and loaded it in the truck for tomorrow.

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i2...d/DSC04024.jpg

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i2...d/DSC04023.jpg

The joints are overlapped 6" and the gun wale joints are staggered from the main cuts to add lateral strength.

The best part is yet to come and I'm not tellin' what it is. http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i2...devilphppp.gif

Rowboat 05-05-2009 12:43 AM

RE: building a recovery boat
 
Wow a full size project. I will be watching this one.:D

DJLaPalme 05-05-2009 12:48 AM

RE: building a recovery boat
 
That is real good engineering crispyspa. Are you planning on putting a blow motor on it? It would probably work. Dennis

asmithnc 05-05-2009 07:01 AM

RE: building a recovery boat
 
Man, when you got the will you got a way. Good job. I see twins in your future.

Dreamin Hemi 05-05-2009 01:15 PM

RE: building a recovery boat
 
Nice job! I have plans for a 6' Pram for my recovery vessel...just hard finding the time...someday :eek:

Looking forward to your surprise.

crispyspa 05-05-2009 08:49 PM

RE: building a recovery boat
 
It is a recovery boat so I will need to keep the utilitarian side of it intact. Nothing too lofty here I'm afraid.
Welding was not a option, so I opted for automotive seam sealer and 3/16 aluminum rivets.


http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i2...a/DSC04026.jpg
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i2...a/DSC04027.jpg


It did leak a tad, so I had to reseal after the float test, but it will hold two adults fairly well.

Option one for an engine for "daily" use is:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGpnbqMATTw&feature=channel_page
[/youtube]





DONS BOAT WORKS 05-05-2009 09:34 PM

RE: building a recovery boat
 
That's cool, nice engine.

asmithnc 05-05-2009 10:13 PM

RE: building a recovery boat
 
I see why you did not answer your phone today......Too busy!

crispyspa 05-06-2009 09:05 PM

RE: building a recovery boat
 

Quote:

ORIGINAL: asmithnc

I see why you did not answer your phone today......Too busy!

Yea, sorry Andy. [&o]

Made some racks for the boat on top of the truck today. This way I can have the retrevial boat and a full fleet of rc in the bed of the truck. [8D]
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i2...d/DSC04028.jpg


...and painted the boat.

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i2...d/DSC04029.jpg

crispyspa 04-03-2010 12:39 AM

RE: building a recovery boat
 
Just updating old threads...

I've had this boat for almost a year now and the seams are holding nicely. I had a chance to play with it a bit.

I've actually thought of making a dedicated engine and cage for it but then it would be classified as a "real" airboat and subject to all the regulation of when/where/what times I can run.
Videos for those who haven't seen them:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mhepc32lsrI[/youtube] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmI83fkzvqE[/youtube]




Rowboat 04-03-2010 02:40 AM

RE: building a retrieval boat
 
Thats the biggest Rc Airboat or the smallest full scale boat!:eek: That engine puts out a lot of power!.

DONS BOAT WORKS 04-03-2010 09:27 PM

RE: building a retrieval boat
 
That's just to cool.
Nice videos.

jasperrc 04-04-2010 09:06 PM

RE: building a retrieval boat
 
That's just awesome!

So I don't remember why welding wasn't an option. The coffee not strong enough?;)

crispyspa 04-04-2010 11:08 PM

RE: building a retrieval boat
 
He was afraid of severe warping. on a corner or near the gunnel is ok, but to do a whole flat seam had him worried. It worked out ok though.

DJLaPalme 04-12-2010 03:14 PM

RE: building a retrieval boat
 
Crispy, I didn't see anyone else in the boat. Dennis

cooperfly 04-12-2010 07:23 PM

RE: building a retrieval boat
 
very cool

someday I am going to ride in an airboat

crispyspa 04-12-2010 08:53 PM

RE: building a retrieval boat
 

Quote:

ORIGINAL: DJLaPalme

Crispy, I didn't see anyone else in the boat. Was there another person or was it a case of misspelling? Dennis
My daughter was seated to my left and was running the camera.


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