Stevenson Projects Weekender Sailboat Build #6: Got Parts?

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Blog entry by Napaman posted 06-19-2010 05:04 AM 9250 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Sorry no pictures…I was too tired and needed to clean up…but just wanted to give a quick summary since the the first week is over…I will try to add some pictures tomorrow…

At the beginning of this week I had the nine keel parts cut…

Now I have the hull bottom (4 pieces), forward bulkhead, cabin bulkhead, transom, foredeck and mid decks cut out…so I think it was a really good week! I can honestly say I enjoyed the lofting (drafting of the lines directly on the wood from the plans)...some pieces took quite a while to lay out but with the stereo on and the pieces laid out on the work benches it was great.

It made me really appreciate all the work we did last summer to build the shed and thus make the garage into my dedicated shop. It was really nice to get my shop back…for several months I had the ply sheets laying flat on the garage floor…and it made it hard to move around…once I moved the hull sheets out onto the patio for the bottom I took the rest of the sheets and stood them up on end.

I know that is is not a good long term solution, but I also knew that if I had a good week I would get to a lot the sheets anyways…I think I had a real good first week…

Parts to still cut before I start the initial assmbly: aft deck pieces (2) and the lazarette.

Tomorrow is sailing lesson #5 of 6…so no building…and not sure about Sunday…but will be back at it Monday for sure…I will try to add some pictures before then…

Just wanted to say its going well and I really enjoyed it this week…one thought that crossed my mind while I was working today…I said to myslef: “If I can pull this off I can build anything.”

LOL…long way to go…but a good start…thanks for joining me on this journey!


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 06-19-2010 05:36 AM

Can’t wait to see the pictures. Where there is a will, there is a way. I believe you will pull this build off. Sounds like a fun project.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 06-19-2010 03:29 PM

Hi Matt,

Just wondering, are you going to use honeycomb panels for the bulkheads? That’s a great place to save a lot of weight, and at the same time, increase strength.

Of course you need a vacuum system for this, but its a great reason to tell you your other half, you “need” it.

Good blog.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 06-19-2010 10:08 PM

Matt, great to hear your pushing forward on the boat.enjoyment of schools out for the summer,with all the free time for woodworking. keep me posted…

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#4 posted 06-20-2010 01:00 AM

Sounds like a full days work!!

Sit down, relax and sip on a nice glass of Napa Valley’s finest!


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

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#5 posted 06-20-2010 01:35 AM

awwwhhhhhh…Lew…Napa wine tonight…maybe a few Chico Beers (Sierra Nevada)...Just finished my 5th all day sailing class so this is the first time I have had to check my e-mail…so sorry Lee for the slow response—-and thanks dave for chiming in…anytime…

Class was really good today…my knees are still hurting and I have a bump on my left knee since we switched to the Pico’s…but still really enjoying…

I will try to get some pictures up tomorrow…ok…time for a cold one and a shower…got a little we today…smelling like the ocean a bit…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 06-22-2010 12:23 AM

Without pics, a landlubber like me has no concept of what you’re doing, so I’ll just wait patiently…

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

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#7 posted 06-22-2010 03:08 AM

that is not your boat is it? the top left pict had me thinking it was your boat…but not sure…How much did you sell yours for Dave?

Today I cut out the last part in the INITIAL glue up…the Lazarette…and then I started a little side project…I have lots of scrap piling up so I decided to make a little tool carrier…so that I could try out my dado blades for the first time…and use the epoxy for the first time…I got all the pieces cut out and and got to try out my new dado blades!!! Just on setting up and a few practice cuts…

So tomorrow I should be able to cut the dadoes and use epoxy for the first time…and maybe have a cool little tool carrier/box…

Still waiting for screws to come in the mail…silica and wood flour…this week…of course it will arrive just as my guests arrive for a few days…

So assembly will happen early next week…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 06-22-2010 07:31 AM

That is amazing that its your actual boat…in this tough economy most boats have gone down in value…so its great that your boat is holding value…I think it was cool that the ad said that the boat was made from a talented wood worker!

Maybe he would give you a discount on the boat…and would you get the plans back??? LOL…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 06-23-2010 05:35 PM

oooh…a kit sounds good…I have a kits worth of parts for a boat in my garage right now, how much is it worth to you?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#10 posted 06-23-2010 05:59 PM

Do you get SCA (Small Craft Advisor)...Warren turned me on to it and its a nice little magazine…they have adds for John Welsford designs each month and it always looks so nice to me…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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