The hull of the Big Marie S is now epoxied and sanded smooth. The sides have been scribed to simulate planking. Working on scribing the hull bottom at this time. The hull has not been painted yet, the spottiness is due to epoxy pigment and body filler. Comparison pictures of the SS Miss Belmar and Big Marie S. Both are the same scale which is 1/24th or 1/2 inch to the foot. A scale six foot person on these models would be 3 inches tall. The Miss Belmar is 110' and the Big Marie S is 85'. The models are 55 inches and 42.5 inches respectively.
Still looking for hull bottom, deck, cabin and pilot house pictures of any wooden party boats. I'm in touch with Mel and Mike of Mike's Maritime Memorabilia and Mels Place as well as Joe Galluccio. Hopefully I can find pictures I'm looking for.
Belmar Marina, not sure of the year, maybe late 80's. I'll be building some of these boats. Already have the SS Miss Belmar in the distance, but that's the original design. She was upgraded\remodeled in the mid 90's which is how my model appears.
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Thank you. Appreciate the positive comments! Progress update. Sub-deck installed, rudder support blocks installed, railing is fabricated. Railing consists of 88 pieces of brass tubing that you can see and 86 pins. Each joint is pinned and soldered.
My goodness!!!! It is as we are seeing the vessel being built. I keep saying this is one of the most wonderful threads I have ever seen on a fishing forum. A work of art....a true-to-life model of party boat history being assembled before our eyes. I believe all of us cannot wait to see the finished vessel.
The Big Marie S now has a cabin with windows. The windows are 1/16" acrylic cut to shape to fit each opening. In the picture the windows still have the protective plastic on them. Working on the cabin upper deck surface. The boats main deck and cabin was planked. I made a jig to cut the 1/4" planks. Each plank will be edge beveled, pre-stain sealed, stained, installed then sealed will urethane. I'll show pics of the deck later.