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Brian Canfield

Brian Canfield of Blackstock, Ontario, Canada sent us these  pictures and the following description

Barry; Site is looking good. Well, my first boat was a Minimost when I was 12yrs old. Started off with a 10 h/power Johnson, then when my dad realized I was responsible I graduated to an 18 Johnson. My buddy also had an 18 on a most but he was a little crazy and flipped it, lost the engine, thank god he was okay, but that ended his boating. I had another hydro a couple of years later but as time passed, my interests changed and so the boating kind of went on the back shelf.

My interest came right back to me a couple of years ago, when a friend invited us to his cottage. He had an old deteriorating Minimost leaning against a tree. I asked him what his plans were for it and his reply was kindling for a corn roast. I told him that I would supply the kindling if I could take the boat for a project, and he was cool with that. I brought it home, took it apart piece by piece and found that it was all punky.

I then proceeded to buy some material, to build a new one, from a local lumber yard where a friend of mine worked, he gave me some good deals on the wood. At first I started to cut pieces with a jig saw, and that was not working out very well so I came upon a band saw which was perfect. What I could not cut, my friend from the lumber yard helped out on some precision cutting. Finally with all the pieces cut and with plans that were given to me off the internet, I started to construct my boat. Not knowing at first what to use for glue or epoxy I met a fellow who became very helpful, as he was a boat finisher as in repainting, etc, he recommended epoxy.

What I did first was get a counter sink set to counter sink the screws so when doing the finishing touches I could fill the holes where the screws were. You can fill the holes with either wood filler or epoxy and this makes a nice clean job. After you have your pieces prepared to screw to your frame take your epoxy, I suggest added some sawdust to create a paste, and spread it over the area to be joined. When the screws are tightened down the epoxy dries you will have a great bond.

When you have all your pieces put together, its time to cut your decking and bottom. Before you fasten down these pieces you should first, and this is just through my experience, and my opinion, either paint or stain depending what your finish is on your boat, the inside portion of the decking and the bottom so you have covered all areas to give it a waterproof seal. The other thing that makes life easier is when you install the steering frame, lag bolt it from the inside of the top frame. When this is done and dried, epoxy the area of your decking that will be attached to your frame, then use your counter sink set and start attaching everything together spacing out your screws evenly. You also can use a stapler that uses a brad nail attachment, which depending what kind of finish you are doing makes a neat job. Using brad nails you would probably urethane your decking. Again this is just my opinion.

When your boat is coming to a standstill the waves tend to back wash from the rear so what I did was take a plastic moulding from the lumber yard and with a heat gun I was able to heat the plastic, which is very strong and durable, and carefully mould it to the contour of the boat. I screwed it to the side rails and epoxied all cracks. It makes a great splash guard and it works well.

After I had attached everything as seen in my pictures, I used a very light grit sand paper and a sanding block to go over everything. When I had everything smooth I used roughly 8 coats of urethane, with light sanding between each coat, and I got a very nice finish. When using red paint you have to use a primer first as it will not cover. Not sure why but I was told this by a couple of refinishers, and they were correct.

When you have have your boat painted and decorated the way you want it, your steering is probably next and every installation is probably a little different. As shown in my photos, this worked for me.

Next even though you have skid rails on the bottom of your yacht a fin also is a good idea, you either can get a professional one made up or a fin off a water ski will also work. I found placing it right under where I sit or kneel was best but yours may be different.

Now you are ready for boating, good luck

- Brian Cranfield -