I hope everyone had a good St. Patrick’s day!  I didn’t wear green, but I did have an extra helping of ‘spirits’ to mark the occasion.

The owners of the Pelican new build stopped by for a visit the other day.  I had actually only communicated with them through email up until now, so it was nice to meet them and talk about the project.  They also needed to pick the paint colors and decide on some other boat details.  I was able to get the deck fit before they came, which is nice because it really looks like a boat now:

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The fasteners you see are just to clamp the deck down while the glue cures.  They’ll be removed and filled once they do their job.  I’ll also shoot in some stainless nails here and there.  The boards on either side of the centerboard trunk are just placeholders for the actual mahogany seats.  I just put them there so the owners could get a feel for the placement.  We’re shooting for a May launch.

I’m also working on a slightly different project for a local street rod upholsterer.  I guess many cars from the 20’s and 30’s had a partial wood-framed fabric roof panel because the metal stamping technology for that part wasn’t available or practical.  The wood part of this particular car had deteriorated and been repaired poorly, so the upholsterer talked the car owner into getting a whole new frame built that he would cover with his fantastic sewing skills.  Here’s the start of it:

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O.K. it really just looks like a giant picture frame at the moment, but it also gets about six wooden ‘bows’ that help support the dome light and the roof fabric.  What you really can’t see is that the frame is curved in both directions as if it were a small section of a giant sphere.  I’ll post some more pics of the frame as I move along.  Maybe even a picture on the car.

Erin go Bragh

3 thoughts on “Pelican’s progress

  • March 18, 2016 at 9:01 pm
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    Hey, nice job on the Pelican build Pat :) I have to talk to you about your tin roof on your house. Did u use a contractor or do it yourself? Sorry to change the subject dude.

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  • March 18, 2016 at 9:03 pm
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    Good afternoon Patrick, Now all you need client for a small hydroplane and you’ll be a certified hot rod boat builder. 😉 Best, Mike

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  • May 11, 2016 at 6:59 pm
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    I built my SF Pelican. Sail no. 2024 during 1972 ..and used her for many years here in Michigan…My pride and joy…inland lakes and the mighty Lake Michigan…cause of the large cockpit lots of people will want to come aboard…did all the trim and seats in mahogany..inside dull green and hull white…still have the original tiller I made till I found a hardware store who supplied me with the Adiz handle…Hung a small 3.5 outboard off a removable bracket for getting in and out of the dock…regret ever selling her…

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