"Scrapwood" my 15.5' Cortez Mellonseed sailboat

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Project by WrayCo posted 08-04-2015 03:00 AM 8356 views 8 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was looking for a small trailerable sail boat to buy for the purpose of increasing my sailing abilities. While searching online for a reasonably priced version of what I thought I wanted, a co-worker (it was a slow day at the office) asked what I was doing. I said, “I’m looking for a small sail boat”. He mentioned he had friend that had built a small wooden sailboat in his garage (light bulb!) Hell, I can do that…......So, I stopped looking for something to buy and started looking for something to build.

I had no previous boat building skills. I did have some construction building experience, nothing I would consider note worthy and a basic set of tools to start with (hammer, tape measure, skill saw, combo battery tool kit, etc..) I picked up a few extra tools as I needed them or I borrowed what I could.

I started with a small basal wood model to get an idea of what the actual boat build would be like. After a month of working on it I was tired of the model and wanted to start building the real thing. Surprisingly, the process of the model and full size were basically the same.

And after 2.5 years of working on it here and there, this is the finished product.

-- Kevin, Waleska Ga.

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#1 posted 08-04-2015 03:22 AM

Good post. Nice job.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 08-04-2015 03:55 AM

Looks great. The black sail is definitely unique. I’ve got a set of skin-on-frame rowboat plans that I need to get working on.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#3 posted 08-04-2015 05:26 AM

That is a very nice job for a first boat. You will be rewarded many times over for the care and attention you have put into her.
I have always been a gaff rig guy myself, including my present boat that I built myself when I retired.
Yours is beautiful. You have a right to be proud.

Nice work!

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#4 posted 08-04-2015 06:59 AM

She is Beautiful!, you will have many wonderful, joyful and proud days sailing her! Very well done!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#5 posted 08-04-2015 07:21 AM

Nice job. Looks like fun.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 08-04-2015 10:19 AM


-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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#7 posted 08-04-2015 01:46 PM

Very impressive build…have fun with it

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#8 posted 08-04-2015 02:48 PM

I salute you! Beautiful little sail boat. I started one much simpler than that 8 years ago. It is still in the garage waiting to be finished.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#9 posted 08-04-2015 04:12 PM

Looks like a keeper. How does it handle?

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#10 posted 08-04-2015 04:26 PM

Beautiful what a great build and welcome to LJ’s

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#11 posted 08-04-2015 04:32 PM

That is a beautiful vessel. You did a great job on this.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 08-04-2015 06:04 PM

That is quite an impressive amount of quality woodwork, I really like the shape of the boat’s hull and the deck … WOW….

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#13 posted 08-04-2015 08:35 PM

This is your first boat? Damn!

When do you lay the keel for the Crealock 37?

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#14 posted 08-04-2015 09:15 PM

Wow what an accomplishment!! my hat is off to you my friend.
And Welcome to LJ’s
One thing I don’t see is the fin on the bottom (center board?) I don’t know a lot about boats, but I have seen them and the high trailers to haul them.
Does this style not need one?
I really like the deck planking and the hull planks. did you fiberglass over them?
She’s a real beauty.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#15 posted 08-04-2015 11:18 PM

Wow that is pretty impressive.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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