There are still a Few of these Original Boats Around.
I was not able to find any Plans, however an old fellow I
met that has one, allowed me to take lines and measurements
from his. The following is most of the building process I used.
This page is to show the process I went through to
build my " Round Bottom Sneak Boat " . This type of boat was used here on the lower
Susquehanna River ( Mostly from Harrisburg, Pa. down through Holtwood, Pa. ) . It is similar
to a Canoe , in that it is a Symmetrical double ended boat. However, that's where the similarities end.
If you were to cut the Boat in half, across the middle, the shape of the Hull would be much like looking at
an old Whiskey Barrel, except for about 4" - 6" of Flat bottom, that's how Rounded the Hull is.
Here is a short video of the Round Bottom being
with me and my son
in it. We were not hunting at the time, however you can see how the boat is
laid over to one side in order to use the other side as a " Blind ". This boat is built
too a particular Hull shape so that it is very "Loose" when sitting level on the water,
but becomes very stable when leaning to the side. You'll notice how close the Deck is
to the water, believe me, at this point the boat is VERY stable, in fact it can be
difficult for a solo hunter to " Roll " the boat far enough to one side to effectively
hunt this way. ( I'm not sure how long it will take for the video to load on your computer,
so be patient. Let it load completely , then play it. )
<----------> Click to start video !
| Sorry, I don't have Pictures to post
stage of construction. I laid out the
StrongBack and Station molds as you would
for any type of Strip built boat. I then made
cutouts in the molds to recess the Keel and
the Stems were attached. Then I began the
Stripping process. Because this is a Prototype
boat, I opted for Marine Grade Plywood ,
ripped into 1/4" x various widths.
| Because of the Fast Taper and Quick
that the strips take near the Stem, I made the
first 4 strips on each side 1/2" wide, then
increased the width to 3/4" for the next 6
strips then finaly ripped the rest too 7/8"
wide. All strips are Epoxy edge glued, then
tacked in place at each station with a small
finishing nail, then clamped to the previous
strip with a C-clamp or a Spring clamp.
| NOTE: whenever you Epoxy parts together
and they are touching something you don't
want them to Bond to use Wax or Wax paper
to protect the part you don't want bonded. I
used Clear packing tape, like for taping a
box for shipping, to cover the edges of the
station molds so the strips would not bond to
| Here you can see that I have completed
the stripping to the Top of the stem. Another
NOTE: If this boat were going to be finished
with Stain and Varnished, I would have started
the stripping from the Sheer Clamp rather then
the Keel. That would give much better
appearence. Since this baot will be painted
camoflage, inside and out, I took the easy
| At this point, the Hull has been
stripped and after Lots and Lots and then,
Lots more sanding, the Saturation coat of
epoxy was applied. After that cured then it
was sanded and the Cloth was laid over the
| Here the Hull has been Glassed and is
to be flipped.
| Here the boat is being rolled off the
back, Thats my good friend Steve in the
foreground . The Station Molds were
unscrewed from the strongback and rolled
with the boat. Then they were just poped
out of the Hull.
| Here is the Hull after stations have
removed and it has been set back up on the
strongback. I have lots of cleanup to do to
the inside of the Hull.
| Here you can see I started to place the
thick x 2" wide White Oak Ribs. This was
the first time I Bent ribs and it took me a few
time to get the hang of it. The ribs are placed
12" on center.
| This was how i prepared the ribs for
I boiled water in the steel bucket on a coleman
camping stove, then i poured the water into
a long container that held 2 or 3 ribs at a time.
After the Ribs soaked for about 20 minutes,
they were pulled from the water and Quickly
placed into position.
| Here you can see the ribs are installed
Deck knee braces are installed.
| Not much new to see here. I have
fit the far deck.
| Here the far deck is in place and the
has been installed.
| All the decking, coaming and Rubrail is
place and beeing sand in preparation for
Epoxy saturation. Bacause the deck on this
boat will not be walked on much, i didn't feel
that Cloth needed to be applied.
| Just a quick picture of the pretty,
and interior before everthing is roughed up
for the final Duck paint is applied.
| Looks neat. Its been a long road to get
far and i can hardly stand it, waiting for the
paint and water testing.
| The Big Day is at Hand !
This will be her first time touching water.
| Yep, she floats. Now to pull it to
peak inside, hopefully shes dry.
| This is the first she was Rowed. I did
an 8' oar would be best. The only Oars i have
are 6.5' so i guess i'll have to make a pair !
| Now the real test. Is it stable in
She's more stable than i could have hoped
for. Thats my 11 year old Daughter in the
Front Gunner position. ( Its not hunting season
yet, but we can dream can't we ? )
If you have any questions or comments, please
feel free to drop me an Email !
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