A Boat in under 40 Hrs.
I was at the lumber yard some time ago and saw a kit for a pirogue, called the “Classic Cajun Pirogue”. It came with 2 stems and 9 pieces of wood for the frames. My question to myself was can I do it in under 40 hrs.
I bought the kit and off we went.
The planks were scarfed together using a scarffer from Gougeon Bro’s. As you can see from pic 1 the frames are inset to define the shape of the boat. Then the bottom is taped on using blue tape and turned over. On the inside a goop of epoxy and a filler are applied in/on seam and all is good for 8 hrs drying time. I added rub-rails and turned the boat over. 3" fiberglass was applied on the chines with polyester resin (Shipwright; do not look now).
I then filled and primed the inside and outside. Total time 35 hrs.
My neighbor had a disaster. His garage where he kept his skiff burnt down. Since my wife, not nautical inclined, wanted the boat gone from the yard, I gave it away.
Since then it has caught a lot of fish. This boat does not have a rough live. Bayou paddle is all.
The boat ended weighing 34 lbs. with paint. I used store bought (1/4" luan plywood NOT) 1/4 exterior grade plywood, the best I could get for the hull, and fir for the rub rails.
I wish I had more pics.
-- Tor and Odin are the greatest of gods.