A Cracker Built FS18

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A Cracker Built FS18

Post by Cracker Larry » Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:57 pm

Might as well get another one started, spring is coming :D I've decided to build an FS18 specifically for sight fishing in the skinny creeks and oyster flats of South Carolina. The OD18 is great, but she's a little too deep and almost impossible to pole. When you get her stuck it's a bear to push her off again, especially when the water is 45F and you can't get out of the boat to push :help:

I ordered the plywood last Thursday and picked it up yesterday. It arrived in perfect condition, no shipping damage, and it sure is pretty wood :D Nothing much better than a fresh stack of good mahogany plywood 8) Joel does a great job of packaging the pallet.

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Completed GF12 X 2, GF16, OD18, FS18, GF5, GF18, CL6
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Re: A Cracker built FS18

Post by sitandfish » Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:07 pm

This will be a closely watched build. Very popular boat (not just on this forum). Wishing you a warming trend in the weather. :wink:
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Re: A Cracker built FS18

Post by Cracker Larry » Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:11 pm

Thanks Mark. I've been fascinated by them since I saw the first one at Crystal River a couple of years ago.

Amen on the weather, dang it's been cold and windy! Was supposed to go offshore fishing for the extinct Black Sea Bass today, but got blown out, again :?
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Re: A Cracker built FS18

Post by gstanfield » Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:11 pm

Can't wait to see this one come together. It'll be interesting to see a Cracker built V-hull for a change :wink:

I'm sure Sam can't wait for another build :D

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Re: A Cracker built FS18

Post by Prarie Dog » Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:19 pm

Larry, are you going to build the round chine or the square chine version? Looking forward to watching this one come together. :D

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Re: A Cracker built FS18

Post by Cracker Larry » Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:23 pm

Probably the square chine version, I don't see any real advantages to the round, but I could be wrong about that. Would welcome any feedback from owners of both models.
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Re: A Cracker built FS18

Post by Prarie Dog » Wed Feb 09, 2011 2:56 pm

Larry, hope you don't screw up and put one of those junk Yamaha motors on it :!: :lol:

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Re: A Cracker built FS18

Post by wegcagle » Wed Feb 09, 2011 3:54 pm

Ahhhh, I feel my C.L. build DTs going away. :lol: Is this going to be part of the Cracker Fleet, or still putting away a few bucks for the AB23?

Will

BTW it's good to see this thread starting off on the right foot. :lol:
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Re: A Cracker built FS18

Post by Bowmovement » Wed Feb 09, 2011 4:44 pm

WooHoo :!: Another CL build to follow. I would talk to Sam about the round or square chine. He may have some input.

Good Luck. I am sure you will build a nice boat.

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Re: A Cracker built FS18

Post by tech_support » Wed Feb 09, 2011 4:49 pm

I would not bother with round chine personally, when poling with another person in the bow the chine is almost completely immersed. - my 2 cents

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