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  • DY Special solo boat

    Well, Im finally going to build that solo boat!!
    Plans arrived this week, I've got them into CAD already so I can easily transfer to plywood forms.
    The design is a DY Special. I fell in love with the boat forever ago, and soon I'll have a strip version...hopefully I can keep the weight near 30 lbs...
    Yeow, I am psyched!!

  • #2
    DY Special

    Neat old boat! You might dial in a little bow rocker, which is easy to do on the strongback.

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    • #3
      I'd love to see step by step pictures!

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      • #4
        Thanks for the tip, Charlie. I'm about to layout the forms, so I'll take a look at the rocker closely. How much would you add, if you were building this hull? The tumblehome is pretty radical, I can't wait to see it in cedar!
        ADK-DRIFTER--sure, maybe a teaser or two here and more on webshots. Nothing to show yet, just some sections every foot or so.

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        • #5
          DY Super Special Rocker

          I'd dial in about an inch and a half at the bow, half that in the stern; pretty much like Magic.

          Remember the tendency for strips to bridge in the stems, which is why so many strippers end up hogged.

          As you've obviously contacted DY for plans, ask him about how to set the stem sections.

          Staple well.

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          • #6
            and dont forget to jigger the spars and add a little mustard to the keel, or the quarter deck tends to get a little splooshy.
            He found himself wondering at times, especially in the autumn, about the wild lands, and strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by hobbitling View Post
              and dont forget to jigger the spars and add a little mustard to the keel, or the quarter deck tends to get a little splooshy.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by hobbitling View Post
                and dont forget to jigger the spars and add a little mustard to the keel, or the quarter deck tends to get a little splooshy.







                Now he tells me!.....Not enough mustard, whoda knowed!!
                Last edited by DRIFTER; 02-25-2008, 01:22 PM.

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                • #9
                  I'm kind of limited with what can be posted, but here is a wire frame layout of all the form sections, sorry about the poor res...
                  Forms maybe next week, everything fits on 1 1/2 sheets of 3/4 ply.
                  You can get a pretty good view of the radical tumblehome, but the splooshy mustard is hard to see from this view.
                  Attached Files

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                  • #10
                    Never having built a canoe I'm unfamiliar with the terms and procedures. Is the wire frame to use in shaping the plywood to make a mold? Sorry if that sounds naive, but I am very interested. Appreciate the pix, keep em coming!

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                    • #11
                      ADK-DRIFTER,
                      When I received the plans, they are just line drawings on paper, as are most plans. The lines represent the various cross sections of the hull as you move from bow to stern. most plans also only represent half of the hull, right or left, it doesn't matter which, since the hulls are symmetric left to right.
                      I generally transfer these hand drawn lines from the planset to a CAD based system. Later I can print full size patterns and glue them to plywood to cut the temporary forms.
                      The wire frame view that I posted just shows these cross section in their proper spatial locations, to better visualize the shape of the finished hull.
                      In the overall scheme of things, strip building a canoe is a lot easier than most people think, it's just a series of small steps, with half of the work being sanding....

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                      • #12
                        Thanks for explaining! Gotch ya up to the temporary forms, I'll await your next post[s]. I believe I saw a finished product of yours on a different thread, it came out great.........

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                        • #13
                          Huge Newsflash

                          OK, maybe not huge, just an update.
                          I just printed the full size patterns for all forms for the DY Special. I'll probably buy the plywood for the forms this week.
                          I am borrowing a strongback from a much longer boat, so I have added a few inches to the form heights so not to need to mess up the strongback ends.
                          I really enjoy watching the transition from a bunch of lines on paper to full scale lines on paper, then seeing the forms all lined up!! Even just seeing the full size patterns can give you a good idea of the how well the boat will fit...

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                          • #14
                            More Details?

                            Mike,
                            Do you know what the dimensions will be yet? How wide, depth, length? How will it compare to Bell solos that I think David Yost (that's who DY is, right?) has designed, such as the Bucktail or the Merlin? Or is there another already existing boat that would be a good point of comparison--different materials notwithstanding?
                            By the way, just sent you an email.

                            Gerry Magnes

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                            • #15
                              Gerry,
                              The Special was the father? of the Shockwave, which was the uncle? of the Magic, if I remember dave's description correctly.
                              It is 16'8'' lg with a 27 in beam at 4' waterline. Bow and stern are 15 and 13, roughly...

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