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Buyboat F D Crockett

August, 2021

The Deltaville Museum has asked me to build a model of their buyboat, F.D.Crockett, that will be auctioned or raffled off at a special 20th anniversary event next year. Here's a picture of the real boat,.

F. D. Crockett

Built in 1924, the 62-foot, 4-inch F.D. Crockett is one of only two log-bottom buyboats built exclusively for power, and represents the apex of log boat building on the Chesapeake.  Alex Gaines of Dare, Virginia, used the same techniques that were used to build the early sailing "canoes", when he designed and built her 9 log hull to accept a gasoline engine.  After Gaines completed the hull, she was taken across the creek to Smith Marine Railway, where John Franklin finished the boat.  For 70 years, the F. D. Crockett was used as a working vessel.  In 1994, she was converted to a pleasure craft.  In 2005 Ron Turner, a descendant of the Smiths, donated the boat and she was towed up the bay from Poquoson arriving in Deltaville on September 5th.  You can read more about the restoration of the boat here - https://www.deltavillemuseum.com/f-d-crockett

August 22, 2021

I'm using plans by Ray V. Rodgers, III that are available from his website. The plans are drawn at a scale of 3/8"=1', which is the scale at which I am building the model. It will be a little over 23" long. As of today, I have the false keel and bulkheads cut out. None are glued on yet.

Bulkheads"
Flase Keel & Bulkheads
Bulkheads
False Keel & Bulkheads

August 30, 2021

I haven't worked on the boat much over the past week. Mostly due to the fact that I'm just not excited to be working on the thing and don't feel much like being in the boatyard in any case. However, I've managed to get all the bulkheads glued on to the false keel and have started fairing the hull. Fairing is a tedious job that I confess I don't enjoy at all. It has to be done and done right though. I figure another couple of days before I'll be done with that and can start to figure out how to plank the thing. Since it is a log hull, it was never designed for planking, so it's going to be a challenge.

Bulkheads"
Flase Keel & Bulkheads
Bulkheads
False Keel & Bulkheads

September 3, 2021

I am now on Plan B. I decided it was just going to be too difficult to plank this hull, so I ripped off all the bulkheads and made new ones out of 3/`6" basswood that go right to the outside of what would be the planking. I was able to reuse the false keel. My plan is to fill the spaces inbetween with sheet basswood and blocks of basswood. You can see how the sheets will go in in the two pics below. Toward the bow and stern, I'll need to use blocks or maybe thicker sheets because of the shape of the hull. This should make it easier to shape the hull properly.

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September 9, 2021

I finally finished getting all the blocking in between the bulkheads. I know it is horribly ugly at this point, but once it's sanded and some filler added in the gaps, I think it will look OK and should have the proper shape. I'll start sanding tomorrow.

Blocking"
Blocking
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September 13, 2021

As it turns out, I didn't work on the boat much over the past few days. Last Saturday I got the hull rough-sanded using 60 grit. Today, I filled the various cracks and holes and got it sanded down the rest of the way. Still looks ugly but better. I haven't quite decided how to treat the hull just yet. It will get painted ultimately, but I think I'm going to need to fill the grain somehow to make it look smooth. Just not sure yet how I'll go about that. Next step will be to add the keel and stem, then I'll start working on the decking.

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