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Blog series by Napaman updated 546 days ago 21 parts 105320 reads 342 comments total

Part 1: So it begins...wood arrives tomorrow...the quest to build a sailboat...

1480 days ago by Napaman | 23 comments »

Ok…here I go…this is the official blog to begin what I hope will be a great quest—-to build a little sail boat by Stevenson Projects called “The Weekender”. I have been planning for this for many months and today was a big day. Here is a little bit of the path I have taken to get to this point in case you ever want build a boat. I just got back from the wood supplier and tomorrow I will have $1300 worth of wood delivered to my house. Its a bit daunting and ...

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Part 2: Got Wood? Wood arrives...

1479 days ago by Napaman | 12 comments »

Well…I hope you weren’t all holding your breathes!!! After nearly 5 months of discovering, dreaming, hoping, worrying, and stressing—-I became a boat owner! Or at least a boat MATERIALS owner… However I cannot claim to be a boat builder…I ran into a snag because I could not find ONE SMALL part, lol…my rip guide for my circular saw…I thought my new one had one, but I realize that I did not get one with it…and then i tried to find another that...

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Part 3: I AM A BOAT BUILDER!!!

1478 days ago by Napaman | 23 comments »

NOTE—sorry photos are so big after spending all this time I didnt have time to go back and reduce…next blogs will try to reduce* I AM A BOAT BUILDER…if that is all you read then you will know that I entered into a new phase—I started and made my first cuts on my Weekender Sail boat! I did not get as far as I hoped today but I think that is going to be a familiar theme in this process…but I did cut wood and as they say in the Stevenson video—-I got over “first cut fever”…...

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Part 4: I AM A SAILOR!

1433 days ago by Napaman | 16 comments »

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 b...

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Part 5: Hull Bottom and keel Photos...big day today...

1402 days ago by Napaman | 20 comments »

Keel and Hull Bottom Parts all cut out… Well it has been a loooong time between boat building posts…but this is a big week. This is my first week off from school and today was my first full day of building—and it was a good one. Between the last 6 weeks of school always being hectic…and the start of sailing lessons it has taken a while to get going again…but from now on it will only be the wait on materials that slows me down… Yesterday afternoon I spent my time cleaning/clearin...

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Part 6: Got Parts?

1399 days ago by Napaman | 10 comments »

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 direct...

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Part 7: Keel and Boat Cart--with Keel Blooper...

1385 days ago by Napaman | 18 comments »

If you are a Weekender Builder will you please let me know about what you think re: “concerns” listed BELOW… Well…sorry for the lack of photos last time…but since my last post we had some visitors and my last sailing lesson—-I am now a graduate of a US Sailing Program…woot… Last week I finished cutting out more parts…and then waited for all the stainless screws to come in… This week I finally “played” with epoxy&...

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Part 8: Bottoms Up--Bottom is Done!

1382 days ago by Napaman | 21 comments »

Well…we celebrated the 4th of July by gluing up the boat bottom…my wife helped me which is truly appreciated!!! And yesterday, Joey, my friend and colleague came over and we put on the stingers…On Sunday we got a later start and the patio really heated up but we made it…the bottom felt solid…and with the stringers on it continues to feel more rigid… Tomorrow we leave for Southern California and VIVA Las Vegas for about 10 days…so no updates for a ...

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Part 9: MAN CAVE II: The Boat House...project moves forward...

1204 days ago by Napaman | 10 comments »

Well…its about time, right? Sorry I have not updated the blog in 6 months…but the truth is I did not do too much on the boat for about 4 months… BUT…a little more activity in the last month…starting with the “Boat House” we put together over Thanksgiving week… I had had the boat sitting out on the patio for a few months in the sun…which is not real good…and then with the rain I had put a tarp over it…unfortunately the bo...

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Part 10: Keel Completed...bottom "dry fit" onto keel...

1204 days ago by Napaman | 28 comments »

Okay…as promised from blog #9 ...here are some building shots… Since building the Boat Tent ...I was able to finish up the keel…I trued the rest of the top edge…more of the bottom edge and cleaned up the stem so it looks a lot better. I also went back and sanded down the excess epoxy on the boat bottom…figuring it will be easier now then when the boat is officially down on the keel…little less time on the knees down the road. However the most importa...

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Part 11: Transition to deck building--AND SITTING IN MY BOAT!!!

1196 days ago by Napaman | 23 comments »

Well…its been a really good week and a half since we returned from our Christmas trip…when winter break began I hoped I would be assembling my boat this week and now I know its not going to happen…but my secondary goal which I decided upon when we returned has surpassed my expectations… When I returned last Thursday I decided to NOT MAKE A GOAL…except to try and work on the boat each day…however large or small just DO SOMETHING…and I have stuck to ...

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Part 12: SAILBOAT DECK is done...finally an update...

1015 days ago by Napaman | 20 comments »

Its crazy to think that my last boat blog was back in January…while winter break was incredibly productive the spring semester for Mr. D was pretty busy and stressful…the focus for sure was on the job…which as TEACHER OF THE YEAR FOR 2011 I guess I do take my job pretty seriously! Summer so far has kept me busy writing a grant and wrapping up school work…and its crazy to think August is around the corner… BUT the GOOD BOAT NEWS…TODAY we assembled̷...

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Part 13: Dry Assembly

1000 days ago by Napaman | 19 comments »

Today we took all the assemblies…and fit them together as a dry run…I made a long list of things I need to do before I glue all the pieces together in stages…the list is pretty long, but after we took all the assemblies down I knocked two items off the list… This was a good practice run…I learned some things about what I need to do …and now seeing all the parts together will allow me to move forward…and I now have a game plan… The first pi...

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Part 14: Keel Questions...3DEE is waiting....but CLOSE...

997 days ago by Napaman | 8 comments »

oK…i am really pleased with how far I have come this week…I have been racing down my “3-DEE” list and I am now DONE…I could wake up tomorrow and glue/screw my boat bottom! We are leaving town EARLY WEDS…so I am contemplating waiting—-so I need help… But I need your advice…below are pictures of the keel which is braced between two 2×10’s…remember in my last post I reported a slight kink…and the dilemma on whether ...

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Part 15: My sail boat took a big step forward today...THREE DEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!

989 days ago by Napaman | 17 comments »

Well…your first thoughts to the pictures may be: “Looks like less boat then the last blog???” But that was the first dry fit…and so much has happened since then…today—while the pictures are a bit overkill…is a BIG DAY in our little boat… THREEEEEE DEEEEEEEEEEEE BABY! This morning we officially “assembled two of the assemblies”...and it went well…everything pulled down nicely and I am really pleased… Since the dry f...

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Part 16: Second Dry Fit...

955 days ago by Napaman | 8 comments »

Sorry no new picts…but I thought I would give a brief update for all you old guys holding your breath between boat blogs…BREATHE….. Well I was hoping to assemble the hull this weekend…but it did not happen…it all started on Saturday morning when I had a friend over to help Saran and I put on the transom…in the Weekender DVD it is one of the parts they really show a lot of muscle power so I wanted to do it with extra hands—-and in this case it was g...

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Part 17: Dry Fit #2 Pictures

950 days ago by Napaman | 18 comments »

Last week I shared the trials and tribulations of my transom attempt…which turned into a good thing…and I shared all the details there…but I did not post any pictures. I decided that I should take some pictures before I pull it apart and glue on the new transom…as I said in the last blog I am glad that I did another dry fit since the first dry fit the boat was not as far done…so with the parts closer to finished I have a much better idea of the prep steps and ...

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Part 18: ready...can I shock your system?

885 days ago by Napaman | 22 comments »

Before you read any further check your pacemaker…. I have an announcement for all of my patient fans…I have been doing some boat building lately…in fact I can say that I may be sailing by the end of thanksgiving week…but certainly by Christmas break… I have to start a new blog to show you what I have been doing…check back here for a link to the new blog…

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Part 19: The PDR Blog is born...

878 days ago by Napaman | 1 comment »

Okay…its been a good weekend of building…and I started the PDR (Puddle Duck Racer Blog). If you missed the last blog I shared that I started building a second boat…lol…after stalling TEMPORARILY on this boat… See the blog…lots of pictures… By the end of tomorrow I WILL HAVE A COMPLETED HULL…!! In three weeks! I am still not there on my weekender… Here is the link: http://lumberjocks.com/matt1970/blog/26609 HAVING FUN̷...

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Part 20: BIG DAY: THREE DEEEEEEEEE HULL

845 days ago by Napaman | 18 comments »

Well…yesterday was a HUUUUUUUGE day in my Weekender Sailboat build…it was a day I had been thinking about for nearly two years (as far as a a place I wanted to get to). Yesterday we assembled the hull with all the parts I had made…some a long time ago… For those of you following my new little PDR Sailboat build the weekender is actually the boat I started with…got pretty far this past summer…and then BAM…life started again as summer ended and I di...

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Part 21: Non-update Update on both boats!

546 days ago by Napaman | 7 comments »

Dear Friends… I am sorry that I have not updated you…its been a tough year and I hope to get moving again. I wanted to let all of you know “where” I have been since my last update—which as of today was 298 days ago!!! Last January! Its crazy to think that I passed my 5 year LJ anniversary and I missed it completely! I have let a few LJ’s know that our life has changed immensely…I am no longer in Napa…but 500 miles to the south…Las...

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