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GF 14

Post by DAVE LUDICK » Fri Jul 09, 2010 9:58 am

I have ordered plans for the GF14 and await them with great anticipation. Last boat I built was in 1963, also plywood, dates me huh! The question I have is, can the forward frames be constructed in such a way that the boat is open thru to the bow in other words do away with the seat. Having read the "Questions before ordering" section it was not clear to me if it will be able to done. Any or all opinions will be very welcome.
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Re: GF 14

Post by TomW » Fri Jul 09, 2010 12:06 pm

The frames have to be left a minimum of 3" all the way around to maintain the stiffness of the boat. This keeps her from twisting in the waves. I don't know about removing the front platform that may also be structural.

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Re: GF 14

Post by DAVE LUDICK » Fri Jul 09, 2010 12:48 pm

Thanks Tom, if I could keep the frame 3" that would be great, gives me a few options. The front frame and platform I would leave as is. The boat will only be used on tidal river and on rivers inland, no sea stuff with waves etc.
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Re: GF 14

Post by TomW » Fri Jul 09, 2010 1:03 pm

Your all set then David just leave those two middle frames at 3" there full length all around the sides and bottom and go for it. The GF's are good solid boats that ride well. I have been 5 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico in a GF16 with white caps forming when we came in. This was in Cracker Larry's boat before he built the OD18.

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Re: GF 14

Post by ks8 » Fri Jul 09, 2010 1:28 pm

See my Jul 9 5:22 post here. :) Get definite approval from Jacques. :) Welcome to the group! :)

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Re: GF 14

Post by DAVE LUDICK » Fri Jul 09, 2010 2:00 pm

I hope Jaques or Joel see this post and would be kind enough to give me some advice.
Your illustration is almost what I intended except I would like more of an opening.

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Re: GF 14

Post by RickW » Fri Jul 09, 2010 3:24 pm

Hey Dave, I was considering something similar for a gf-16, open layout with a sole etc, and in my searches I remember seeing a pic of someone's gf-12/14 where they omitted the bench. They left the three inches of frame all around, but boxed in the frames and mounted a pedestal seat, I can't remember the exact way they did it and I can't find the post or picture right now, but I remember Jacques giving it the okay.

I'll see if I can find it because it may be similar to what you're wanting to do, but I would definitely wait to see what Jacques has to say about your changes.

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Re: GF 14

Post by RickW » Fri Jul 09, 2010 3:39 pm

ah ha! here's the pic I was refering to....

http://gallery.bateau2.com/albums/userp ... G_0340.jpg

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here's a link to the thread I got it from, still tracking the thread where Jacques gave the okay....

found it...

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=22211&p=196548#p196548

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Re: GF 14

Post by DAVE LUDICK » Sat Jul 10, 2010 3:10 am

Rick thanks for going to all that trouble to find the link for me, it is "edzacary" what I had in mind. You are a good man.
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Re: GF 14

Post by jacquesmm » Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:23 am

3" all around for the mid frame. As in the picture is fine.
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