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Father And Son Spend 10 Years Building A Boat And It Turned Out Awesome

I loved doing projects with my dad growing up. Whenever something needed to get fixed around the house, I was always right next to him. I wasn’t able to help that much when I was little. I would mostly just hand him the tools and make funny comments that had nothing to do with the project at hand. As I got older though, I was able to help out more and more. My dad and I would discuss life and other things while we worked around the house. It was a great bonding experience, and I still remember many of the conversations we had and the life lessons I would gleam from them. Well when Reddit user BenderRodriguezz¬†was in middle school, he wanted to build a boat with his dad. So he saved up his money and bought the plans to build his own motorboat from scratch. It took him and his dad 10 years to complete, but now the boat is hitting the high seas!

Father And Son Spend 10 Years Building A Boat And It Turned Out Awesome

He saved up his allowance and birthday money, and finally had enough to buy the plans for the boat. He set out cutting the plywood planks into the correct shapes.

Father And Son Spend 10 Years Building A Boat And It Turned Out Awesome

A makeshift frame was thrown together to help with a process the poster describes as “stitch and glue.”

Father And Son Spend 10 Years Building A Boat And It Turned Out Awesome

The process is quite literal with its name. You literally stitch together pieces of plywood together with copper wire then seal the seams with glue.

Father And Son Spend 10 Years Building A Boat And It Turned Out Awesome

Slowly but surely, the hull started to look like an actual boat.

Father And Son Spend 10 Years Building A Boat And It Turned Out Awesome

Now it was time for the gluing and sealing. He cut all the copper wire away, and covered all the seams with strips of fiberglass cloth and epoxy.

Father And Son Spend 10 Years Building A Boat And It Turned Out Awesome

The poster and his dad worked out of this tiny garage for almost the entire build. That’s a pretty cramped work space.

Father And Son Spend 10 Years Building A Boat And It Turned Out Awesome

By the time they started putting fiberglass on the exterior, 4 years had passed since they first started this project!

Father And Son Spend 10 Years Building A Boat And It Turned Out Awesome

After the fiberglass was applied, it was time to start the dreaded sanding process.

Father And Son Spend 10 Years Building A Boat And It Turned Out Awesome

The first coat of paint applied!

Father And Son Spend 10 Years Building A Boat And It Turned Out Awesome

BenderRodriguezz had graduated high school by the time they started to install the electrical and working on the deck.

Father And Son Spend 10 Years Building A Boat And It Turned Out Awesome

While BenderRodriguezz was away at college, work on the boat definitely slowed down. Here he and his father are gluing and clamping pieces of African mahogany wood around the outside of the hull.

Father And Son Spend 10 Years Building A Boat And It Turned Out Awesome

Even more sanding. The poster said “I still have nightmares about the sanding.”

Father And Son Spend 10 Years Building A Boat And It Turned Out Awesome

He took his time and did it the right way though, and once that varnish was on it really showed. This thing is beautiful.

Father And Son Spend 10 Years Building A Boat And It Turned Out Awesome

This thing is definitely going to be something to brag about when its done.

Father And Son Spend 10 Years Building A Boat And It Turned Out Awesome

Here she is in all her finished glory! The named the vessel “Current.”

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10 years is a long time for a project, but building a boat also isn’t your average project. It requires a hell of a lot more know how than a simple fix on a house or even building a small tree house. The end product this father and son were able to get is absolutely beautiful. Building a boat is not something I would ever want to take on. For the people brave enough to tackle a project of this magnitude though, the reward of a job well done has to be pretty awesome.