Documenting the Building of a Wooden
48' DIESEL DUCK
Vickie & Harry Borchert were kind enough
to send along these photos showing the 48' DIESEL DUCK they're
building. It's obvious that these folks are good carpenters. However,
what also is obvious is how really straight forward this type
of construction is. Don't get me wrong; it's heavy work. But it
isn't complicated. As I've likely said to many times before, if
you're interested in this stuff read my Buehler's Backyard Boatbuilding.
It describes the process step by step.
|| The keel is laminated up
from normal "2-by" stock into 12" timbers, which
are then glued and bolted together. Note the steel building cradle!
This will make moving the hull out of the shop easy. However,
a cradle built of timbers will work well too and is advantageous
because you can nail supports to it. However, see if there's
a decent boat moving company in your area. The new type "pickle-fork"
hydraulic trailers don't need or even want the boat on a cradle,
and can pick up a boat that is only 6" off the ground.
the keel is erected, forefoot is attached, then the stem and
transom. Note the slick "I-beam" with the chain-fall!
Pretty handy but most of us don't have such gear. A simple "A-frame
made from two 2-6s clamped together and a "come-along"
works easily too.
|| Deck beams being laminated
on the mold. If you make one every other day while assembling
the frames, you'll have them all done when you're ready to attach
them to the boat.
assembly table. The frames are built up from 3-by, with plywood
gussets on each side at the chine. The "X" braces hold
them in shape until they're bolted onto the ship's floor timbers.
|| The entire frame (NOT ribs!)
is now standing. Now she's looking like a boat!
|| The transom is being planked.
By the way, these folks have a very nice shop which in the mid-west,
where they are, is handy. But a "visqueen" tent works
to the 48 DUCK Study Drawings
to Page 2: Vickie & Harry's wood 48' Diesel Duck Project
Skip ahead To LAUNCH and finishing up!
hull planking is going on. I've always started at the sheer and
worked down for some reason. Looking at this, I think starting
at the chine and working up makes sense because you can easily
scribe the top plank to match the sheer rather then edge-setting
into position as I've always done.