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Olfara and Stevador were two 36 foot Yachts form the same lines plan by Jay R. Benford, one with a “great cabin aft” long keel, and wheelhouse and the other one with traditional outside cockpit design and a fin keel / skeg configuration. I built them in the mid eighties. This post is to invite you all to the third in my series of “Shipyard Memories” blogs. The first was about a traditional carvel planked ketch, the second about two catboats in framed plywood construction and this one will cover “Cold Molding” a method of boat building I often describe as “building one very large custom sheet of plywood the shape of a boat”.

I’ll get the blog started in the next couple of days. Hope all you sailors will enjoy it.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/





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SPHinTampa

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#1 posted 1292 days ago

Can’t wait to read the blog.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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manta

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#2 posted 1292 days ago

beautiful boat

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BarbS

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#3 posted 1292 days ago

O my gosh… boat building, the master craftsmanship of woodworking. Fantastic. I assume you built them for a buyer, not for yourself? Have you kept one? The Olfara is very sleek. Thanks for sharing these!

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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Zach DeBisschop

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#4 posted 1292 days ago

Ill be interested to see the blog on cold molding, its a process that I would like to familiarize myself with, hopefully this summer I will be able to get a chance to do some cold molding.

-- Zach

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shipwright

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#5 posted 1292 days ago

Barb, yes these in the blogs were all built for customers but if you look in my projects list you’ll find “Friendship”, the one I built for myself when I retired. By the way I didn’t name these boats. Both are combinations of names of the owners.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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sawblade1

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#6 posted 1292 days ago

Nice boats ;)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path elmerthomas81@neo.rr.com

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tdv

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#7 posted 1292 days ago

Nice Lines although I prefer Stevador’s layout I will look out for the blog

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

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HalDougherty

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#8 posted 1292 days ago

Beautiful boat. I’m also looking forward to the blog. Do you have any photos of them sailing?

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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Schwieb

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#9 posted 1292 days ago

Beautiful boats Paul, Looking forward to this blog as always.

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

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Philimbesi

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#10 posted 1292 days ago

Someday.

-- PAI

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#11 posted 1292 days ago

Looking forward to your blog!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#12 posted 1292 days ago

Wonderful! Can’t wait to read it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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sras

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#13 posted 1292 days ago

I will also be looking forward to your blog. Can’t wiat!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#14 posted 1292 days ago

Finally a real live shipwright! I’ve been a sailor for fifty years and during that short period, I’ve wanted to build sail boats of different disigns…even designed a few myself. But life got in the way and I didn’t. If you’re not too far away, I would be thrilled to visit you and your building process. Are you in north Atlantic coast where most well known boat makers are. My favorite is Hinkley – yah, I know – champagne taste with beer budget! LOL I will be following your blog with enthusiasm! The background looks like you might be in Maine?!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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B13

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#15 posted 1291 days ago

Thanks for for posting. your very talented!

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