Friday, January 16, 2015

Small Boat Shed

16 Jan 2015: We wanted a place to store a few boats so we decided to build a boat shed - house - barn - garage - studio - gallery...The hard decisions in the concept stage were 1) What to call it 2) Where to put it and 3) What size to make it. For now we are calling it the Studio, though I'm sure that will change each day. As for location, we considered the side of the house but running water can get high there during heavy rains. So we settled on the front yard, which is actually kind of the back yard as we like to look at the Bay out "back." Then we took into account the different County setbacks and picked the location. As far as the size, the shed needs to hold our small motorboat, which is 18 feet with motor and trailer tongue, 5 feet wide. We also wanted to get one to two more boats in there if needed and have storage for mower, garden tools, trikes and a few shop saws. So right now a 16x20 foot shed is going up.

We wanted this construction to match the house in looks and material as close as possible. I priced out the basic materials and got to a point real fast where, talent, time and money wise, it made more sense to hire a shed building company. We had seen sheds and buildings built by Gator Tough in Pensacola and liked them, so we contracted with them for the construction. The shed will be built on 4x4 skids and anchored with hurricane straps. It will have a ramp for the garage door and personnel door. As they put it together I'll share pictures, in case you're considering whether to build one yourself or have it done.

We picked a relatively flat area in the yard, looked for a spot where we didn't have to cut down any trees. There is a road behind us in this picture, so the shed goes out front to avoid blocking Bay view behind the house. Also going to place it off to the left side a bit.

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My neighbor carried the french doors/loading dock doors home from Lowes.

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Survey flags placed. Our County requires 50 feet from the front property line, 5 feet from sides and 10 feet from the house. There is also a setback from the water but I can't remember that number. If the shed is under 600 square feet and not plumbed, so all we need is an exemption form to build.

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Gator Tough crew showed up and started laying out the foundation blocks. For Day 1 they brought the foundation, floor and wall studs. The blocks will be used to level the skids, and the shed will be built on top of skids. Other option was a concrete foundation, that would have added about $5000 to the project and I wanted a wood floor for the wood boats and for potential lofting and building of boats one day. The wood floor will help keep the boats from drying out.

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Pressure treated lumber was cut and added in as needed for shims and 2x4 joists started going down over the 4x4 skids. Other options are 6x6 skids and 2x6 joists, but our boats and trailers are light (800-1000 pounds). We did elect to go with 12 inch on center (OC) joists and a thicker plywood floor (7/8 inch) so the trailers will not punch through.

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16x 20 frame squared up, then roofing felt was laid down as a water resistive barrier (wrb). The felt breathes so any water that finds its way under the shed will not get trapped against the wood. Additionally all of the skids, joists and flooring are pressure treated or exterior grade. Then they started nailing down the floor.

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I helped hold the felt down :)

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One guy cut and marked wall stud placement while the other nailed. They move fast!

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Walls were nailed up on the deck then stood up. There will be two windows on this wall, that's why the studs are spaced like they are. A 2x4 is used on each end to hold up the wall until they can get it squared and plumbed. There are also hurricane straps to tie the bottom plate/studs to the floor and the top plate to the studs.

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There will be a french door on this wall.

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Two wall top plates get notched so that the adjoining walls overlap and tie in.

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View from the front door.

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Staring on the back wall, far wall will have a garage door.

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There's the opening for the french door.

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3rd wall up.

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4 stud walls up on Day 1.

Corner details.

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17 Jan 2015:

Wall sheathing is up!

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Bottom of sheathing is wrapped with a waterproof membrane, to prevent water intrusion from below. The wall sheathing will be wrapped with a moisture barrier and then covered with Hardy plank.

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Carpenter art.

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Tie downs.

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James built the rafters on site and cut the ends. They hang them upside down then flip them from either side to stand them up.

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The notch on the left is where the rafter rest on the top plate and the end is beveled for fascia board.

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Back wall.

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Garage door wall.

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Roof sheathing with hurricane clips between panels. Crew added a board to hold walls together with extra weight of crew until roof is finished.

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Sheathing will be trimmed back for a 12x7 garage door.

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Waiting for the french door.

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...to be continued...

Monday, January 12, 2015

1955 Wooden Sunfish

Dark Harbor, Ilesboro, Maine, 1955. Joe Spalding sailing one of the first Sunfish ever made, Summer 1955. Joe worked that Summer for Al Norton, an Alcort Sailfish dealer, and Joe was asked to sail the Sunfish for demonstrations. He also worked at Alcort during the Summer of 1954. Image by Mayo Snyder.

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"wooden boats" by Michael Ruhlman

Read "wooden boats. In Pursuit of the Perfect Craft at an American Boatyard" (Ruhlman, 2001). The authors spends time chronicling work at Gannon and Benjamin Marine Railway in Vineyard Haven. Excellent read, made more interesting by the fact that GandB craftsmen are still at it!

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1959 Sorg Rough Water Boats 15 Runabout "Willow"

22 Oct 2014: Skipper bought a Race Committee boat, a 1957 15' Sorg Runabout. Her name is Willow, and she will head down from Michigan in a few days on her Tee Nee trailer. Anybody heard of Sorg Boats from Detroit, MI?

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24 Oct 2014: Eagerly awaiting a boat and trailer....

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Keith passes the flag on the Sorg to Kent.

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Cool bailer.

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25 Oct 2014:
Skipper likes it!

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Willow meets Cyane and St Jacques.

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Tucked in to the shack.

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03 Nov 2014: Hung the Evinrude Lark 35hp. It needs several parts and running condition is unknown. Current plan is to put on a new motor and slowly restore the old one. Check out the post 1958 Evinrude Lark 35hp for progress.

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11 Nov 2014: TeeNee trailer has some great design features. We will probably add a crossbar at the end for transom rollers, tie downs and a better location for tail lights.

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14 Dec 2014: The bilge in the Sorg has some thin slats, we are not sure if that is supposed to be the floor or not. Also it is hard to get in the boat without stepping on the curve of the hull or catching a foot on the stringer, so we are going to put in a level cockpit sole in the midsection of the boat. That will be our boarding area. Here we are laying out some planks to get a few ideas.

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The rear seat has a folding back, but the middle seat back is missing. Taking some measurements to build another seat out of 3/4 inch marine grade plywood.

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15 Dec 2014: Ripping stringers, slats and battens from cypress for a cockpit sole.

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Marking a notch for slat to fit around the seat support.

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Cut notch for seat support using handsaw.

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Transferred notch markings to opposite end of slats.

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Cut notch for seat support using handsaw.

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Countersunk brass screws through slats into battens.

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Center section finished. It rides on a rail so it can be slid back out of the way once passengers are seated.

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Individually fit slats for the sides.

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22 Dec 2014: Willow is getting a new Suzuki 4 stroke 25 hp installed at Lou's Marine in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Gary is the Owner and has taken this fun challenge on himself, having recently worked on a 1954 Lyman Runabout. Willow will be getting remote steering, remote start, new lights, a bilge pump and external fuel filter. I got to drop in and pick the spots for the steering wheel and throttle.

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Kind of like dropping in during the middle of a surgery.

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23 Dec 2014: Swung by Lou's again to decide on tachometer installation location. Gary was excited for us to get a good look at the boat so he rolled her out to better light at the edge of the shop. She is getting special treatment, spending all day and night inside.

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29 Dec 2014: 1959 Sorg 15 Runabout "Willow" bow light wired.

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Suzuki 4 stroke ATS 25 hp with tilt and trim.

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Suzuki electric start and remote control, remote steering.

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05 Jan 2015: Picked up Willow today, Gary went over the Suzuki checklist and systems with me. Gary is the Owner of Lou's Marine in Gulf Breeze, Florida, worked there with his Dad since the 80s. They are the oldest Suzuki dealer in Florida and 4th oldest in the U.S. He exp ects a ride when it warms up!

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Gary's tip for the flush attachment, add a wire to keep the muffs from slipping off the back.

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We found good spots for the battery, bilge pump and external fuel filter. The gas tank will eventually find its best spot, if it were just a bit shorter it would fit i=under te seat nicely.

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Gary did a great job installing the throttle and steering, it took a little whittling on the steering shaft so that the steering wheel trim cap fit. He also installed a fuse box under dash and wired up the bilge pump and lights.

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Stopped at Walmart for fire extinguisher, winch strap, transom tie downs, hitch lock, floaty key ring things, registration letter/number kit, motor flush attachment....entertained several wooden boat enthusiasts in the parking lot....

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'Twas several nights after Christmas, and all through the town, the Skipper was asking, "When are we taking the lights down?"

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Willow back at the Casa.

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06 Jan 2015: Bought a piece of 3/4 inch fir marine plywood at Gatlin Lumber, used the Ford Edge to bring it home. We will use this to cut a new seat back for the middle seat.

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...to be continued...