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condition: like new
engine hours (total): 50
length overall (LOA): 15
make / manufacturer: Cook Craft
model name / number: Rascal
propulsion type: power
year manufactured: 2007

The Rascal is a 450 pound 15’ cold molded outboard hull with 5’4” beam. Weight fully equipped with 1971 Mercury 80 horsepower outboard is about 700 pounds. Over the next three years, I built the boat on night and weekends. I started out by laying out plans and then creating full size templates in order to cut the frames. After the frames were cut and assembled, they were attached to the stem and keel. Then the stringers, which are made of white oak, were installed. The hull went together with an inner layer of 1/4” marine plywood ripped into one foot planks and laid diagonally over the stringers. They were then followed by an outer layer of 5/16” solid mahogany. The planks were carefully lined off fore and aft, using the router method of planking (upward from the chine) by attaching a fence to the router that rides along the top edge of the lower plank and precisely trims the bevel of the bottom edge of the upper plank that is temporally clamped down just above the fastened plank. All planks were glued down with West System Epoxy. The planks were screwed down using large fender washers. Ensuring that the planks would set tight. After the epoxy set, the screws and washers were removed. The plank was then drilled with a countersink and set in with #8 bronze screw. The holes were then plugged with bungs cut from scrap of the same plank. After all the woodwork was complete, it was time for finishing. This was a much longer process than I had originally thought. After many hours of sanding with flat blocks and orbital sanders, it was time for finishing. I first applied Interlux stain followed by two sealer coats. The fifteen coats of Interlux #96 Schooner Varnish were applied to the top and bottom of the boat. The roll and tip method was used. Though this method usually requires two people, it is easy and provides professional results. The varnish is first applied with a roller for uniform coverage and then followed up almost immediately by tipping off with a brush to eliminate roller marks. Before the last two coats, the deck seams were caulked. The final coat of finish was then wet sanded with 2000 grit sandpaper and buffed out. Because of the boats waterline profile, the bottom was not painted. The bottom was finished with varnish, just like the sides and decks. The last item was painting the deck stripes white with a small paintbrush. The next step was to fit out all the hardware and mechanicals. I had many stainless steel parts like the cut water created using AutoCAD and a laser CNC machine. Some of the hardware was old pieces found at boat shows and some bought new at local marine stores. That is the one nice thing about building a one of a kind boat: you can do it any way you want. Finally, after many years of late nights, the boat was ready to be launched. Scooter was christened and launched on September 15, 2007. It was a joyous and nerve racking day. For its size, the boat turns and handles waves well, with a top speed in the high forties . After it’s launch, the boat was taken to many shows where it won awards such as:
-Pewaukee Antique Boat Show; 1st Place Wooden Outboard
-Blackhawk ACBS Fox Lake Boat Show; 1st Place Wooden Outboard
-ACBS Fiesta Days Wooden Boat Show; Spectators Choice
-Madison Antique Wooden Boat Show; 1st Place Wooden outboard


The boat had also been published in an issue of Classic Boating of July/ August 2010, issue 156

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