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Project by shipwright posted 11-11-2010 07:22 AM 3681 views 3 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first boat I built in my own shipyard 32 years ago. She’s named after the dragon in “The Hobbit”. She is a 34’ pinky ketch, yellow cedar over steam bent oak, with a displacement of 29,500 pounds. She’s moored in Victoria now and I still see her around. Always brings a smile to my face.
The photos show the yellow cedar logs being custom milled for me, bending ribs (I’m the one in the plaid shirt), a look down the keelson on the inside after framing, the stem timbers (6” thick gumwood), and launching in Coal Harbour B.C.

Visit the construction blog here:

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

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#1 posted 11-11-2010 07:25 AM

BEAUTIFUL! I believe I have seen it too. A real gem – you deserve to be proud of this creation. Love you signature / tag line. Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 11-11-2010 07:28 AM

What an amazing skill you have to be able to build boats like that.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#3 posted 11-11-2010 07:39 AM

Somehow the word incredible just isn’t enough.
Your talent is pretty high up on the totem pole my friend.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#4 posted 11-11-2010 07:41 AM

Hey Paul,
One very sweet craft…well done.

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#5 posted 11-11-2010 07:50 AM

Unreal!!!!!!! That is simply gorgeous. Geez….......

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#6 posted 11-11-2010 08:28 AM

OOH she is deffently a Buty for full sail
one you with right can be proud of
Thank´s for sharing her :-)

take care

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#7 posted 11-11-2010 08:47 AM

wow….this is going to be a real treat if you start unrolling photos of all (or at least a bunch!!!) of your projects over the years!!!!!!!!!!

Amazing amazing amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 11-11-2010 08:59 AM

She is beautiful. What a wonderful manifestation of your skill and passion.

-- Clarence

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#9 posted 11-11-2010 09:19 AM

Awesome Lil ship or Big boat, as the case may be :-))

-- 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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#10 posted 11-11-2010 09:24 AM

Very cool.

-- Wes Giesbrecht

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#11 posted 11-11-2010 09:37 AM

That must be the best feeling to see that boat still going strong, she’s beautiful

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#12 posted 11-11-2010 09:51 AM

I agree with all… a very cool boat and project. An truly what a feeling that must be to see her still plying the waters.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#13 posted 11-11-2010 11:39 AM

Such nice lines…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#14 posted 11-11-2010 11:50 AM

Absolutely stunning!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#15 posted 11-11-2010 12:14 PM

What a magnificent boat. You certainly deserve to be proud of her. I appreciate that you posted this. In 1978, we were crazy young men with our hair and beards weren’t we. Let me think, it was probably some Neal Young music in the background…...... Ah to be young again

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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