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Title: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: Ed Heinlein on October 27, 2010, 10:33:59 PM
The frame...

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Inserting the foam...

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Taking shape...

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Glbootying....

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Removing excess internal foam.....

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Base coat of paint and non skid decks....

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Camo paint job and accessories....

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Low profile....

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Hmmm, it fits....

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One of the dual 800 gph bilge pumps.....just in case.....

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Camo door frames....

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All grbootyed up.....

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.....and now I can get back to my decoys!!!

Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: Dave Speer on October 27, 2010, 10:59:04 PM
Wow!!! Looks like hunting in that won't suck!
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: Steve Kindschuh on October 28, 2010, 07:26:28 AM
Well done Matey!!! That is awesome!!!! I think the turkey likes it too.
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: Dennis J on October 28, 2010, 08:15:18 AM
Great lookn build!!! That camo./blind is just what ya need, even the chickens can't see it!  Good luck to ya & your new set-up.
Dennis
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: David K. on October 28, 2010, 09:21:16 AM
Very nice, get that chisel out of the dirt though!  :o haha

How heavy is it? Seems like a lot of plywood I'm sure it's sturdy. What weight of glbooty did you use and how many layers?

Can't wait to see some pics of dead ducks out your boat over your decoys.
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: Scott Russell on October 28, 2010, 10:41:27 AM
Awesome is all I can say.   I'd sacrifice a season of decoy making in a hurry to do something like that.
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: Tom Rowe on October 28, 2010, 02:59:27 PM
Ed, I just fell over backwards out of the chair.  That boat is unbelieveable.  GREAT JOB! 
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: Ed Heinlein on October 28, 2010, 05:58:34 PM
Thanks for the kudos guys.....it was fun. Yeah, the chickens and turkeys just HAD to be in on the construction!

Sadly, it weighs in at 120#, WAAAAAY more than I was hoping!!! The frame weighed in at 45#. I was hoping to really lighten it by foregoing the luan plywood skin, using thinner plywood instead of the 2 x ? for the frame, and laying the fiberglbooty over the foam. It only took 2 sheets of the 2" foam, so the rest of the weight had to come form the fiberglbooty. I used 6.5 oz. fabric with epoxy, and put on 4 layers top and bottom, but I did put 2 layers on the inside to "seal" or encapsulate the frame and foam. I had a boat builder here roll his eyes when he found out I used 4 layers. I thought it was necessary since there is essentially no underlying support without the plywood, per the plans. Apparently it is pretty strong because while attempting to move it on the stand, it fell off, hitting a 3/8" sheet of plywood next to it. It destroyed the plywood!!! Thank God those chickens have good reactions....they escaped, no worse the wear! After the fact, I read about some guys the made canoes with just 2 layers of 6.5 cloth. I must say, that they admitted there was quite a bit of "flex" to their hulls, although they weighed in at something like 22 lbs!!! I'm hoping my yacht will be able to take some abuse.

To get it around, I converted my canoe carrier, from Cabelas, by adding some 3/4" conduit as a 7 ft loop handle. I just lift one end of the boat up, slide the carrier under, strap the nose down and away it goes. It's not entirely unlike those game carriers. It just so happens that when I ease it up to the tail gait of my rig and rest the handle on the ground, the other end of the hull comes to rest on the tail gate. Then it's an easy matter to lift the other end of the boat and slide it right in. Once I'm at the water, it slides out onto the carrier, and just like a regular boat trailer, it floats off the carrier!

I'm pleased, and amazed by the stability. I took it out for a test run, stood as far out as I possibly could on the edge of the decks, and the other end barely came off the water. I rigged up my 55# minn kota, and it will move it along....empty.... 4 mph.....same as my canoe but FAR more stable. I have yet to do a river test in the Missouri to see if or how it will handle the current, and get me where I want to go. If it doesn't perform to my satisfaction, this winter's, or next summer's project will be a longtail! I'm also sewing up an spray skirt. I anticipated the need for one and added a rim around the cockpit to secure it. Again on the first test run, I found that spray from waves can be prevalent, and in the event I find myself in rough waters, I wanted something to help keep any serious water from filling the cockpit. I'm pretty certain it will stay afloat even totally filled with water, as both ends, the bottom and a large portion of the sides is fiberglbooty encapsulated foam! I plan on going easy with it until warmer weather next summer, when I can take it out and REALLY find out what its limitations are.

At least until then, I have time to finish some decoys! HAHA     Oh yeah, wait till you see what I did with my float tube!!!

Sorry 'bout the chisel, David!!! I promise I got the whole place cleaned up now......can hardly recognize the place!!!
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: David K. on October 28, 2010, 09:47:59 PM
HAHA! It ain't my chisel  :D

On my surfboard I used two layers of 6 oz. cloth top and bottom. It did flex but that was primarily because the underlying foam was soft. Surfboard blanks are a cast white foam basically identical to the white foam board from HD. The casting leaves a "crust" and I was always told to do more of  the thinning on the bottom to preserve the crust on the deck where you stand and push off when you stand up. The bottom should not really have any  contact if you do everything right. With the harder blue or pink foam I would  think you'd be much safer avoiding the extra glbooty. I'd have to say I'd much rather be in 65 degree water in San Diego with a delicate boat than in the Missouri during duck season!
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: Ryan S. on November 05, 2010, 09:08:18 PM
Awesome boat build :o
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: BillD on December 14, 2011, 11:08:23 AM
I would have thought that it would be lite enough to carry under one arm. Great boat!
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: Mark Spolarich on December 22, 2011, 02:21:25 PM
Nice job on the boat! With the grbooty on it that thing will completely disappear.....

I would have guessed it to weight less than it did also....
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: Frankanderson on December 25, 2011, 01:03:00 PM
nice boat build
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: Steve W on December 25, 2011, 08:07:44 PM
NICE job....
  The one I built got to about 150-170 but they are stable..
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: Ed Heinlein on December 26, 2011, 09:38:43 PM
Again, thanks for the compliments guys. I must say the one thing that I find is a serious drawback to this boat is its EXTREME lack of space! I find it difficult to carry very many decoys to location.......and that's bootyuming very very little else goes along. I've found, this season, that I've used my canoe much much more often, and rather than laying out to hunt, I've been setting up a make shift blind on shore. I'm now considering taking both boats to some locations. I'll be towing one of the boats (depending on which one I can best use the longtail I'm building). I'll probably still use the canoe as the beast of burden, and once I get everything set up, I'll beach the canoe and anchor the layout in the spread. Based on my limited hunting experience here, it would appear that such an arrangement would not be the norm, but rather my current way of using the canoe to ferry my "junk" and then setting up a shore blind, will be more typical. Since I don't have a dog, my e-motor on the canoe has worked very well retrieving downed birds, or chasing down those hardy GEs! The way I see it, another 5 or 10 yrs. and I should have somewhat of a system worked out!!!!!!
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: Russ S on December 28, 2011, 10:58:45 PM
Nice looking boat. Where are the plans from? I'm looking to build somthing I just don't no what yet.
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: Rob James on December 29, 2011, 11:22:11 AM
WOW!!! Don't know how I missed this. Your boat is AWESOME Ed! What a cool project, and boy did it ever turn out great. VERY COOL 8) 8) 8)!!!
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: Patrick Conner on December 30, 2011, 12:40:20 PM
 Thats a nice looking marsh boat. Good job and pictures.
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: Ed Heinlein on January 01, 2012, 01:17:00 AM
Russ, it's a KARA Hummer (have no idea why). The plans were about $35. If you google it, you'll find some sites that show other building them, etc. Good luck. Lots of other plans out there as well so check around.

e
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: steve stratton on January 02, 2012, 09:30:24 AM
great job
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: BlaineN on January 08, 2012, 02:19:04 AM
Where did you get the netting material.??
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: Ed Heinlein on January 11, 2012, 12:35:27 AM
Brian, the netting is something they sell in the local ACE hardware. It's sold as deer netting (to keep the varmints out). It is about 1" square mesh. I don't know how they do it, but it doesn't break down with UV exposure....and we have high intensity UV at this altitude. I don't have the wrapping....next time I'm in there I'll try to remember to get the brand for ya.

ed
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: Ed_Reitmeyer on January 11, 2012, 01:36:29 AM
WOW!!!!! Awesome job!
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: Ed Heinlein on January 12, 2012, 12:17:50 AM
Thanks Ed! Having gotten to use it a few times, compared to my canoe, there is very very little room in the thing. There seems like enough room to comfortably lay down in the summer when I have very little on, but once you get bundled up, it is a very tight fit!!! I tried to use my ground blind in it for cover, but even that took too much room, and it's a FA blind....their smallest! It is an interesting sight with a couple 12 slot bags up front and with all my other stuff in the box, I get to ride on the back deck!!! It sure is alot lower profile than the canoe, however. I'm thinking about getting a trailer this summer and in some situations actually taking both boats, the canoe for the mule, and the layout for the open water blind. Fortunately I have been doing very very well using my canoe and hunting from a shore blind. I must be doing something right as the last time I was out, I had GEs landing < 6yds from my face, between the decoys and the shore!!! There is one place here where the ducks really get pounded from the shallow marshy area, so I'd like to take my layout and stick it out in open water surrounded by my decoys, making it look like a small island....I even made 6 special decoys to place on my boat to make it look like a loafing area!!! If you can't tell, I love gadgets and building stuff!!!!

ed
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: larry A on January 12, 2012, 07:05:20 AM
Ed, that is a really nice boat, you should be so proud!  The construction photo sequence is so good it should be in a magazine. How interesting to see how you built your boat from start to finish. Thanks for sharing. The construction reminded me of the little skiffs we made for running around our creek, their keel backbone, the cockpit frame and motor board were glued up laminated  plywood and the rest was made up of part of one sheet of 1/8 luan plywood for a bottom and stretched unbleached muslin upper. What a great job.

Larry A
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: B Bond on January 12, 2012, 08:57:59 AM
Ed H.,

Have you been able to test the boat as an open water layout yet? I've always wanted to build a boat in the same sort of clbooty as the Hummer, but since ive never been in one, id hate to build it then not like it for the open water stuff. I figure that's what I would use it for about 50% of the time. With the other half being marshy applications.
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: Ed Heinlein on January 12, 2012, 08:41:56 PM
BB, the most harrying situation I had it in was this past Nov. It was a swan hunt at a place called Freezeout lake here in Montana. I was in one of the "smaller" ponds that measured about 1/4mi x 1/2 mi. (somewhere on here there are photos of the fiasco). The wind was so strong my anchors would not hold my position so I had to bail on the hunt. I had to return, upwind, to my put in spot fully loaded with decoys and the works. The rig never took on water, and if I could have gotten it to stay put, I do believe I could have hunted out of it successfully (I had lots of birds working the decoys). I can't say how high the waves were, but they were white caps. The water was the consistency of a 7-11 slushy. I don't know how I would have fared if I had stayed out and had waves of slush lapping up, and possibly building up, on the deck (would it have started to build up like it did on the decoys and become top heavy?) I know this is not a simple yes/no answer to your question, but it is what I would consider a "test" situation as to what it will and will not handle. I've never hunted an official layout....like a UFO....and I've never been out in such conditions that I was taking on water (just how high do the waves have to get?). Don't know if this helps or not.......

ed
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: B Bond on January 12, 2012, 10:23:09 PM
Yeah, I remember that story. Sounded a little crazy! Ive been on one hunt in an actual layout, and while I was in it, there was literally zero wind, so I don't have a great concept of how they deal with waves, but I know that I am a little wary.
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: AaronH on January 12, 2012, 10:43:42 PM
That looks Awesome !!
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: Ed Heinlein on January 14, 2012, 01:06:35 AM
Yeah, I remember that story. Sounded a little crazy! Ive been on one hunt in an actual layout, and while I was in it, there was literally zero wind, so I don't have a great concept of how they deal with waves, but I know that I am a little wary.

If I can, I'd like to take the rig out in the summer to a lake here when it is down right nasty. The lake is only 6' deep, so I can practically stand up in it. I also fitted my unit with 2 800 gph bilge pumps. It would be much more tolerable to get wet when it's warm than when the water is slush!!! I did take my boat below a dam here and ran it up as close as legal to the spillway. They were letting out quite a flow of water, and there were some good sized rollers. I eventually got some crashing over the bow and into the cockpit. I hit the bilge switches and it was like flushing a toilet....it's really nice when something you plan to happen......actually works like you had hoped!!!! LOL I'd like to find out if I'll be needing a spray collar or some other structure to keep waves from sloshing over the edge and down my neck as I lay there in wait!!!!    I just reread this post, and I think I can see why regular folks think we're crazy!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: JoeStreb on January 16, 2012, 09:33:05 PM
that is an AMAZING looking boat.
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: EricS on January 17, 2012, 02:42:25 PM
That is an amazing boat!!!  Very nice job!
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: J.Davis on January 17, 2012, 11:12:30 PM
Looks great! How much do you have invested in it, if you dont mind me asking? I apologize if it has already been posted and I missed it.
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: brianc on January 18, 2012, 10:59:52 PM
That's one fine looking boat! I'm hoping to build one for myself over the summer, and this gave me some great ideas! Thank you!
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: Ed Heinlein on January 18, 2012, 11:22:18 PM
Thanks again for the "props" guys! JD, I honestly don't remember how much it cost me. Since I don't have to justify or get approval when I venture into such craziness. I used about 1/2 sheet of 4x8 1/4" ply, maybe 1/2 4x8 of 3/4 ply, 2-2"thick sheets of foam. I know I ordered at least 2- gallon kits of epoxy resin....maybe a third....and there is 1/2 gal left of that. I put 4 layers of glbooty on it since I didn't use any plywood decking first. I got the glbootying materials from U.S. Composits and used 6oz cloth. I'm sorry for answering your question in such a circuitous manner. It did take me all summer to finish it.....I've read where there are guys that can slap em together in a weekend!!!!! Maybe that's so if you follow the plans and lay a plywood skin over the frame and then glbooty that w/ 2 layers???? Hope this helps some...
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: sams on January 22, 2012, 06:47:11 AM
Talk about many man hours but thats an amazing work of art and simply a killing machaine
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: Derek and Xena on January 24, 2012, 12:52:16 PM
I must say Ed, that is one of the nicest Karas I've seen!!!  I am in the process of building a devlin broadbill and my plan was to epoxy foam to the bow and shape it so it was rounded, more like a bbsb, and then glbooty over the foam.  Seeing your build makes me more confident that it will work.  I love how the stitch and glue has gone together so far, just don't like the squared off bows on the devlins.  I was thinking about recessing a block of wood into the foam somewhere on the bow to screw an eye into, and also having the center keel run all the way to the front, over the foam bow.  What d'ya think?

I haven't gotten much done on my build yet, but here's what I got so far:
(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi154.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fs270%2FDerekRidesRed81%2FDdogpics169.jpg&hash=cb342cafafc7ebd3e2db939a14f76f55)
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: Ed Heinlein on January 24, 2012, 11:52:53 PM
my plan was to epoxy foam to the bow and shape it so it was rounded, more like a bbsb, and then glbooty over the foam. 

If I'm following your train of thought, rather than just epoxy some foam up front and then glbootying over it (be sure to use epoxy resin so it won't melt the foam!!!) I'd add some wooden structure, sort of a spine and perhaps a gunnel strap, and then fill with foam, shape, and epoxy over. I suggest this because it will better stand the bumps the gunnel edge will receive, and some form of vertical spine will offer support to the gunnel strap and tie the deck and hull surfaces together. Pointy places will always sustain more force when impacts are encountered....and there will be impacts!!!

I was thinking about recessing a block of wood into the foam somewhere on the bow to screw an eye into, and also having the center keel run all the way to the front, over the foam bow.  What d'ya think?

You're right on here. Take some time and consider anywhere you might think you'll want to attach anything, and embed some wood. It's not difficult to do, and once it is in there, even if you don't use it, it's nice to have......just in case!!

I haven't gotten much done on my build yet, but here's what I got so far:
(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi154.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fs270%2FDerekRidesRed81%2FDdogpics169.jpg&hash=cb342cafafc7ebd3e2db939a14f76f55)

Looks great.....can't hardly wait to see it completed!! I noticed someone commenting earlier about the time investment to build a float, but, like most of us here working on most of our projects, the journey is most of the fun, and the more time it takes, the more fun we have!!!  So take your time, and have a ball!!

ed
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: lbroadwater on January 25, 2012, 06:58:22 AM
Ed
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: bobw on May 13, 2012, 10:18:43 AM
i have the plans just have not started building yet. It seems the common complaint is the boats weight comes in over estimate . Your boat is one of the nicest ive seen. Bob
Title: Re: My big blue foamer....or why I didn't finish my decoys this summer.
Post by: Eddie Kershaw on May 13, 2012, 05:53:07 PM
Ed
Thats a beautifull job mate, if that does,nt hide you in the marsh, nothing will.

Eddie.