|Project by tyvekboy||posted 08-01-2010 10:13 PM||10203 views||25 times favorited||33 comments|
Aug 2, 2010
Hi All -
Wanted to share latest Tyvek Homewrap boat with you.
Length = 12 feet
Beam = 50 inches
Weight of hull empty = approx.100 pounds
Mast = 16 feet
Time to build = approx. 16 months of spare time
I got tired of paddling and decided to make a sailboat. The plans are from an old magazine article on the internet at SailBoats BreezeBaby
The original design was to have plywood sides and bottom. I changed it to have Tyvek sides and bottom.
The framework (Pic #1) was fir and basically built to plan with a few modifications for the Tyvek skin. In this picture are the 8 ft. curved blade oars. The seats are walnut veneer plywood with solid walnut edging. The floorboards are cedar. Spar varnish was used on non-painted surfaces.
Once the framework was painted I added the TYVEK homewarp (3 layers) instead of plywood. Each layer was laminated to previous layer with contact cement. I was able to pull the Tyvek as tight as a drum. I then added replaceable plastic trim strips around the gunwales (Pic #2) and on the bottom of the hull (Pic #3) to protect the Tyvek.
The Centerboard (Pic #4) has about 15 pounds of lead with fiberglass reinforcement around the part that goes in the water. It was made from plywood.
The Kickup Rudder (Pic #5) (shown in it’s retracted position) is also made of plywood and has about 8 pounds of lead weight and fiberglass reinforcement around the edges. Also in that picture you can see the emergency boarding ladder in it’s deployed position.
The sailboat rowed fine and sailed fine on it’s maiden voyage (Pic #6). The 16 ft. mast and the boom were made from recycled fir from a renovation project.
There were a lot of other pieces made (i.e. carrier, kart/trailer, storage hoist, etc.) that I didn’t discuss or show here due to space. I encourage you to follow the link to see more pictures and explanations of all the other pieces made for the boat at my Picasa Web Album#.
If you followed the above link, you will see how I made the sailboat sink-proof by adding foam flotation.
If you haven’t seen my other boats (canoe and kayak) made with Tyvek Homewrap, see my previously posted projects.
I hope you enjoyed the description, pictures, and link to the other related pictures. I welcome any and all comments.
-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA