I decided a little before last Christmas that I would take the plunge and build a wooden boat. My wife bought me a copy of Howard Chapelle’s book, Boat Building, as a Christmas gift. I read the book before deciding on the plan I wanted.
I have built a lot of things from bird houses to 12,000 sq ft homes and this little boat is the most intimidating project that I can remember. It took me about three weeks to loft the lines. I would work a little bit then read a while then I would get frustrated and take a day off.
I stumbled through lofting the lines and built the forms. It was at that point that I was forced to put the project on hold. I had to wait until I could get my shed built so I could make room in the basement to set up my forms. After a few months I finally got started working on the boat again today!
This is how my forms have been sitting for the last few months.
Here is my frame after I got it level and square.
I started to use my chalkline to keep all the forms lined up.
The chalkline didn’t work too well so I used a laser instead.
Here are all the forms.
That’s it so far. I’m really excited to get this thing done but I know it is going to take me a long time. I have about 40 hours in it so far and haven’t even cut any wood that will be part of the finished boat! My goal is to have it floating by Easter when those big stripers start rolling on Lake Lanier!
-- Clay Ortiz, North Georgia