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Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:22 pm
This here is a Pitcher dinghy,this will be my blade for the race.I sold this thing 14 years ago and now its back in my hands needing some love.Plans are to fix her up and sell it.I love wooden boats but I hate owning them,have had a few and the only thing that works on a wooden boat is its owner.
Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 1:24 pm
Explain to all what it's built of & show a pic of a tree so readers can understand the constraints these local boats were built under, educate us.
Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 10:58 am
Let me get some things sorted and I will...didnt really think anyone would be interested,will give it a shot tonight
Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 1:03 pm
Please , any information you can share with us about local seagull boats and motors is not only very interesting, it helps us all enjoy this craziness even more.
I cant wait for the low down on the Bermudian Flea .
Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:19 pm
Well Ive been cleaning it up removing bottom paint and seeing whats going on with some of the planking.Pitcher dinghies have been known for screwed up planking,some of his planks cup.Its weird as sometimes it adds a chine to the boat.Im going to replace 4 planks on this thing to bring back its hull shape.These boats are built with white oak frames with pine planking,bermuda cedar was used for transom,keel,stem, knees and all floor timbers,planks were fastened with copper nails and bent over on inside.Pitcher built a bunch of these 14 foot dinghies and few 16s,to date and from what I know there are 7 left,including a 16 footer.Here are a few pics from yesterday
Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:41 pm
Here are two more.
Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:47 pm
found pics of 2 more.
Posted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 11:22 am
Well I hate to say this,but this dinghy is rotten.She will never be a proper wooden boat again.To much money and work to rebuild whats there.Every frame is totally rotten from where the floor boards started down to the keel,every single one.The only thing holding this POS together were the floor boards,this boat would have sunk if someone stepped on the planks with out the floor boards.
So....my game plan now is to glass outside of the hull with biaxle cloth.Flip the beast,,tear out every frame leaving only the planks.Glass the inside,replace a few frames with wood or foam,glass them in for strength,thinking of putting in a raised floor for self bailing purposes.This thing wont need a rising anymore,so it will be clean and easy to take care of.
This is a shame this thing was let go like this,Im pissed right off! This is why I hate wooden boats,people neglect them and let them rot right in front of their eyes,thankfully Im handy with the fiberglass.She will be sweet and simple,easy to clean and pretty as hell.
I am re naming it...Bumstinger......my ass is hurting from this purchase.Will post some photos when the sun decides to show itself.
Posted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 12:01 pm
That's sad. Add an antirott substance if there is any before glassing.
Posted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:27 am
here is some rot for show and tell