15' 0" Freedom

Use the Project Directories as quick-reference tools to help you find other builders working on similar projects to yours.
User avatar
Patricks Dad
Posts: 1370
Joined: Wed Oct 13, 2004 1:11 pm
Location: Warrenville, Illinois

Post by Patricks Dad » Mon Mar 31, 2008 8:08 pm

I put the seats and the yoke in the canoe tonight. Just need a few coats of varnish on the outside and she'll be ready for the water.

Image
Randy Pfeifer
(847) 341-0618
Randy.Pfeifer1@gmail.com

User avatar
Glen Smith
Posts: 3719
Joined: Sat May 08, 2004 9:08 am
Location: Baie-St-Paul, Quebec, Canada

Post by Glen Smith » Mon Mar 31, 2008 8:24 pm

Very nice Randy. Now for an ignorant question: Why did you not install ribs all the way to the ends?

User avatar
Patricks Dad
Posts: 1370
Joined: Wed Oct 13, 2004 1:11 pm
Location: Warrenville, Illinois

Post by Patricks Dad » Mon Mar 31, 2008 9:14 pm

Good question....

Several answers:

1. I got tired of putting the darn things in.
2. I ran out of rib material.
3. I plan on putting in bulkhead covers (or whatever-you-call'em) some day so the ribs would just be in the way and I would have to seal between them at the deck anyway. More trouble than it was worth and they wouldn't be visible anyway.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Randy Pfeifer
(847) 341-0618
Randy.Pfeifer1@gmail.com

User avatar
Glen Smith
Posts: 3719
Joined: Sat May 08, 2004 9:08 am
Location: Baie-St-Paul, Quebec, Canada

Post by Glen Smith » Mon Mar 31, 2008 9:21 pm

Actually, before clicking on the pic to see the larger version, I thought you HAD installed a bulkhead so I can understand your reasoning.

User avatar
sluggo
Posts: 244
Joined: Tue Sep 12, 2006 11:17 pm
Location: Vancouver BC

Post by sluggo » Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:28 pm

Here's my latest update. I haven't worked on the canoe for a while, and won't be working on it for maybe a couple of months. Two weeks I ago participated in The Battle of Sluggo And The Scooter vs. The Van. The Van won, so I'm licking my wounds (ie recovering).

I managed to glass the outside with 2 layers of 3oz cloth Style 1678 from Thayercraft. The wetout was a bit challenging but not too bed with some help. I bought a fiberglass roller which I thought really helped for wetting the tight weave cloth. I did somehow get a bit of float, even though everything looked good after the squeegee. Here are a couple shots of the wetout and fill.

Image

Image

s.

jfranck

Freedom 15 - a great design for a stable, versatile canoe

Post by jfranck » Tue Jul 15, 2008 12:23 am

:smile
I have built a Freedom 15 (my first canoe) and have just finished a written summary and with a few pictures. I hope it will be helpful to those thinking about building a woodstrip canoe. I enjoyed building it as much as using it. It took me about a year to build (just a few hours a week).

The web site is http://mysite.verizon.net/jimfranck/id10.html

Designing the web site was almost as much work as building the canoe - and I used to teach computers.

User avatar
sluggo
Posts: 244
Joined: Tue Sep 12, 2006 11:17 pm
Location: Vancouver BC

Post by sluggo » Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:32 am

I'm getting a bit of work on the Freedom again, my arm is getting better. I've almost finished sanding the outside of the hull.

Here is the hull 1/2 sanded:
Image

User avatar
Glen Smith
Posts: 3719
Joined: Sat May 08, 2004 9:08 am
Location: Baie-St-Paul, Quebec, Canada

Post by Glen Smith » Fri Jan 09, 2009 11:18 am

Keep at it Dave and I hope the arm recovers quickly.

User avatar
sluggo
Posts: 244
Joined: Tue Sep 12, 2006 11:17 pm
Location: Vancouver BC

Post by sluggo » Mon Feb 23, 2009 11:18 am

I have the outside pretty much sanded now. One quadrant of the boat had decent epoxy runs. Getting rid of the runs wasn't a big deal, but there wasn't much epoxy coverage as a result. That's ok, prior to varnishing I will be putting on one or two very thin coats of epoxy and sanding with 180grit. I got this from Rob Mack's building plans, I think it works better for my style. The big thing I'm going to concentrate on is post-application care of the epoxy. In other words, check on the epoxy every 20min to make sure there are no runs and other issues. I wasn't able to do this up to this point, as I was stuck with late-night epoxy applications (due to family) and didn't want to check on my work at 3am!

User avatar
sluggo
Posts: 244
Joined: Tue Sep 12, 2006 11:17 pm
Location: Vancouver BC

Post by sluggo » Mon Mar 09, 2009 12:34 am

Big day today, I lifted the canoe off of the strongback! I cut a couple of cradles and put them on the strongback, and dropped the canoe back onto the strongback.
Image

Image

Doug

User avatar
mtpocket
Posts: 560
Joined: Wed Sep 08, 2004 2:48 pm
Location: Indiana

Post by mtpocket » Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:31 pm

Be sure to make and use spreader sticks to maintain the exact deminsions. It's a good idea to have one about every 12 inches. Without them, the hull will start to close up over time.

Looking great :applause

User avatar
sluggo
Posts: 244
Joined: Tue Sep 12, 2006 11:17 pm
Location: Vancouver BC

Post by sluggo » Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:21 am

Ah, thanks. I was planning on using spreaders when I got to the glassing but maybe I should put them in earlier.

cheers

User avatar
Glen Smith
Posts: 3719
Joined: Sat May 08, 2004 9:08 am
Location: Baie-St-Paul, Quebec, Canada

Post by Glen Smith » Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:33 am

The canoe is looking good, start using the spreaders right away.

User avatar
sluggo
Posts: 244
Joined: Tue Sep 12, 2006 11:17 pm
Location: Vancouver BC

Post by sluggo » Fri Mar 13, 2009 12:38 am

Spreaders are in. I'll double check the fairness later this week to make sure that I don't need more spreaders but this should be good for now.

Image

User avatar
sluggo
Posts: 244
Joined: Tue Sep 12, 2006 11:17 pm
Location: Vancouver BC

Post by sluggo » Tue Jun 23, 2009 12:35 pm

The gunwales are scarfed and shaped, I have borrowed a drill press to cut a few slots for the inwales (will finish later today), the seat frames are glued and will be drilled with the drill press, the cane is in my house and ready for action. Things are moving along! My blog has updated bits and pieces of info.

Image

Post Reply