Stevenson Projects Weekender Sailboat Build #4: I AM A SAILOR!

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Blog entry by Napaman posted 05-16-2010 04:12 AM 10221 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: I AM A BOAT BUILDER!!! Part 4 of Stevenson Projects Weekender Sailboat Build series Part 5: Hull Bottom and keel Photos...big day today... »

Well…not much boat building to update—-have wanted to wait on a boat building update until I finish the keel and I cannot say I am there yet…I can say that I have cut out all keel parts (9 different parts some 3 of which are 14 feet long…)...they are resting flat in my garage…

I have 18 days—-that is two 5 day weeks…and 2 four weeks to go with school and then I will be building full-time…

HOwever here is the big update…today was a big day…I started the much anticipated sailing lessons with the Vallejo Yacht Club’s Learn to Sail Program…

It was a great day…the people running the program are all experienced sailors and they volunteer their time! The course will run 6 weeks (6 hours each Saturday) and then I can opt to take another class with bigger boats…and then a 3rd class with even bigger boats called a “Crew” class where they teach you how to be a crew member on a larger yacht since many yachts cant be soloed.

The class today was mostly in the class…learned some knots (WARREN they taught the bow-line but without the limp dick)...we got to get into these tiny 8 foot dingys and sail around the little harbor…it was painful on the knees but I brought out my knee pads for the second run after lunch…

They promised next week more boat time and more boats…so we will all get so much sailing in that we will be tired before we quit…so I am excited…

On the 3rd class we are going to have to purposely turn the boat over—-get dunked…and have to turn the boat over on our own…kind of scary but super glad that I will be doing this with lots of people around and several “chase” boats there…

So…not much boat building to report—-but this was a big day in this adventure!

Thanks for joining me on my adventure!

Did I say—-18 days until full time building??? Actually I will take saturdays off to SAIL!!!


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 05-16-2010 04:26 AM

Matt: I’m glad that you are having a great time. And have some great classes.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 05-16-2010 05:53 AM

Well congratulations! The Weekender? I like that boat, the Stevenson’s seem to have some good designs. I saw where a couple sailed on one for a few weeks on their honeymoon or something. Pretty ineteresting.

Welcome to the sailing world! It’s great isn’t it, no other feeling like it. Sailing in dinghies is great, you really learn how to feel the wind. Don’t worry about capsizing the boat and having to right it yourself, it’s no sweat. Once you do it you will see how simple it is to right the boat that you will not worry about excessive heel and will push the boat a little further.

I built a sailing dinghy a while back and posted some videos on Youtube, check them out if you wish.

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#3 posted 05-16-2010 07:50 AM

Way to go Matt !
18 days is nothing!
Sailing & building.
Now that sounds like some summer fun !

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#4 posted 05-16-2010 11:59 AM

When I come over will go sailing with you… I will probably be over after you finish or at least I hope so…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 05-16-2010 12:48 PM

You’re lucky to be having sailing lessons. When I built mine, I never stepped on a sailboat,

until I launched mine.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 05-16-2010 04:13 PM

Congrats Matt! As a sailing instructor, I sometimes feel like a “volunteer” when I see my paycheck. I’m glad you’re getting your feet wet (literally). Looking forward to hanging out with you this summer. Can you continue to cut out hull parts, even if the keel isn’t glued/screwed together?

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#7 posted 05-16-2010 04:13 PM

Excellent, I am waiting with anticipation posts on your progress. Sounds like the classes be be a lot of fun.

I happened across an old (1977) Reader’s Digest and it held a story about a fellow whom had build his own sail boat and sailed it around the east coast for many years. I soon as I started reading it I thought of you and your boat building adventures. I hope you get as much enjoyment as he did with his boat…the maple tree growing out of the bow should probably be optional LOL!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#8 posted 05-16-2010 04:30 PM

it´s a good plane to start with the sailing lessons now
then you have a chance to know a little before the big launche
of your own
then you will be scared (did I remember everything,is it watertight etc. etc.)
I know a guy who had his up for the major service and when we launched it
back in the water, just when the boat hit the water
he cuoldn´t remember if he had thighten where the axel was coming in to the engine
that was the best 5 min. I had that month looking at his face changing from big smile
to white and back again several times


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#9 posted 05-16-2010 06:12 PM

Only 18 days!! Wow!! You are in hog heaven!!

Sounds like the sailing course is challenging but a lot of fun!!

Can’t wait to see the pix of the boat.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#10 posted 05-16-2010 07:00 PM

Thanks everyone…it should be fun…already cant wait until next week…

Chris—-yes I can start cutting out other parts…right now I have been delayed because of my space…I need to bring the ply in and out since we seem to get threat of rain weekly still (while not winter compared to the rest of the nation) this has been the strangest weather year for us in Nor Cal…I guess I am saying I dont want to haul it in and out knowing the space in my garage is not enough to do it in there…and then have to drag it all in…with no rain I could leave it out…and with summer I will have all day long with NO breaks since the kids will still go to day care a couple days a week…but the weekends with sailing dont seem to be enough time…

Sailor===great launch…the boom looks too low—-of course what do I know…the boats we are in are very similar…I think your boat is wider…and deeper…are all the other videos next to the link your building videos?

Degoose..cant wait to meet you! Hopefully I will make super good progress this summer…and will feel confident to take you sailing!

DaveR…one thing Warren said that reminded me of your thought—-he said the nice thing about building your own boat is that you know how to fix everything—-and keep it up of course…

Mark—-thanks…one question—-why the heck do you have a 1977 Readers Digest laying around…just kidding…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 05-16-2010 07:05 PM

Sounds like fun , it’s best to build at your own pace.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#12 posted 05-16-2010 07:06 PM

Learning to sail will probably come in handy when you finish the boat… probably, after swimming, the most important skill…not that you’ll ever dump (non-technical term) your boat. Sounds like great fun. When you get to the full time building, don’t forget while you’re focusing on the finished product, to enjoy the process, as well.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#13 posted 05-17-2010 05:52 AM

Don’t worry about the tipping it over. When I was a kid, I sailed the living daylights out of a sunfish type sailing surfboard that my uncle built when he was a kid, and then a Laser that he had. The sunfish went over super easy, the Laser was way fast and if you turned it wrong would trip over its centerboard and roll dynamically enough to drive the mast straight down (on most capsizes on small boats, the sail floats, so it only goes to 90°. I got comfortable enough rolling those two boats that I never gave high heel angles on my parents larger Day Sailer much thought. Never rolled that one, though.

Would have been a dog to bail, anyway.

Jealous that you’ve moved your priorities around to build this one. Oddly, I don’t envy the sailing, but the process of building the boat really sounds appealing!

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#14 posted 05-17-2010 01:53 PM

Hi Matt;

Sure sounds like fun.


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#15 posted 05-17-2010 04:24 PM

Way to go Matt.

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