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I'm New Here

Post by JD_TX » Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:04 pm

New guy here, I live in North Texas and fish the lakes up here when I have a boat. I have went from a pontoon to kayak to high-end kayak to aluminum center console to nothing at all. I enjoyed my kayaks the most but hated all the work involved so I have decided to build the fs14_ls. It should handle the lakes around here and my occasional trips to the coast. I have experience with some paint/body work, mechanical work, welding and drunken tinkering. I've never built a boat but I have read a ton on here and I think I can pull it off. I have a 30x40' shop and all the equipment needed to do it. What say you forum? Is the fs14_ls too much for a first time boat builder?



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Re: I'm New Here

Post by fallguy1000 » Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:14 pm

JD_TX wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:04 pm
New guy here, I live in North Texas and fish the lakes up here when I have a boat. I have went from a pontoon to kayak to high-end kayak to aluminum center console to nothing at all. I enjoyed my kayaks the most but hated all the work involved so I have decided to build the fs14_ls. It should handle the lakes around here and my occasional trips to the coast. I have experience with some paint/body work, mechanical work, welding and drunken tinkering. I've never built a boat but I have read a ton on here and I think I can pull it off. I have a 30x40' shop and all the equipment needed to do it. What say you forum? Is the fs14_ls too much for a first time boat builder?
Nope. Good luck. Get stuck. Ask here. Lotsa builders of that boat.
My boat build is here -------->

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Re: I'm New Here

Post by BB Sig » Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:39 pm

You can do it! Welcome to the forum. Post lots of pictures!

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Re: I'm New Here

Post by Fuzz » Sat Jun 27, 2020 11:02 pm

Like they said you can do it :!: Different first builds have ranged fro 5-25 feet so 14 footer is a great place to start.
This style of building is very forgiving. About the only mistake you can make that is not fixable is to use cheap plywood.
Start a build thread and post lots of pictures as you go.

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Re: I'm New Here

Post by cape man » Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:45 am

Your greatest skill listed is drunken tinkering 8)

Go for it!
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Re: I'm New Here

Post by JD_TX » Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:15 am

cape man wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:45 am
Your greatest skill listed is drunken tinkering 8)

Go for it!
That's my favorite skill too!

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Re: I'm New Here

Post by JD_TX » Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:44 am

Thank you for the positive support guys. Can't wait to get started.

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Re: I'm New Here

Post by druid » Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:49 pm

One thing I've learned about building boats: it's fairly easy to build a boat that floats and performs well - the Talent and Time is what makes them beautiful. If you're more concerned with function over form (as I am), go for it! The prettying up will come with time...

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Re: I'm New Here

Post by Dougster » Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:23 pm

I know you can. All you gotta do is start and not quit.

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Re: I'm New Here

Post by LarryA » Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:32 pm

Everyone was new here at one point! Welcome and GOOD SKILL! And remember, you will make mistakes, there is no such thing as a perfect boat. I promise you, whatever mistake you may make, someone else has made it too. have a "moaning chair" in your shop so you can flop down and go "oh my, how am I going to fix that??" A small fridge next to said chair is also useful .
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