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Building a Lewis Boat Works Chugger

I was restoring my grandfathers 1963 Custom Craft Sea Ray but the tent building it was in collapsed while the cap was separated and it pancaked the hull. Fixable but it would never be 'right'.. I cut the cool fins, dashboard and splash well out of the boat and saved them to rebuild into a new boat. I also will reuse the original serial number and assigned hull numbers since much of the boat will actually be re used

The boat I'm building is the Lewis Chugger. Chugger

Lengthened to 16' and beam widened to the width of the original windshield frame ( windshield has hazing and will need a new one ). I have not gotten a rock solid measurement on the beam since I'm not that far yet. The open deck will be around 100" long with the cabin being 7'. The fins will be on the back, and the original dash will be in the protected cabin ( controls will be just aft of the cabin like an old Starcraft. original windshield will sit ontop ). It is built slab sided and out of 4x8 sheets of plywood. I am using 1/2" CDX and it will be fiberglassed.

The one pic is the original boat, and the other is the start of the new boat.
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Re: Building a Lewis Boat Works Chugger

Keep the progress photos coming, looks like a fun project!
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Re: Building a Lewis Boat Works Chugger

It should be, and the reason that I chose the Chugger is because it's quick and simple. The sides were clamped together for the cuts, and the rear gunwales are 24" high. Makes it easy when you only have to cut a sheet in half, clamp togther and then cut the 12* transom angle.

After I cut the bow stub nosed as Lewis designed ( it's plywood factory edge actually, nothing wasted ). I realized that I could have extended a flat section to a point like a Jon boat but then it dawned on me. Lewis could have done the same, but it would remove all room from under the bow. Hence why he did what he did. This also puts more boat length in the water so it will be more stable.. The motor in the background is a nice 1988 Johnson 20hp with remote controls. It should pull it out of the water and onto plane if I need it to. I can turn it into a 25 or 30hp if need be
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