Wooden Boats

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Project by jim65 posted 562 days ago 1844 views 5 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are 3 boats (2 kayaks and a sailboat) that I built as my first projects made about 18 years ago before I really got into woodworking. The plans came from Woodenboat magazine, at the time I lived in Gmunden austria on a lake and a farmer had given me space to work. What fun to build, boat grade plywood some solidwoods for the tiller, daggerboards, paddles… and epoxy. quite different to woodworking as I now do it because you work to measurements but more so you work to the boat and the lines need to be smooth, the actual measurement plus or minus some are not so important. When I started woodworking I had to learn to measure and cut more accurately. If you have ever been thinking of making a boat, DO IT. It is not difficult, does not take more time that a sideboard and it is really cool to sail your own boat.

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#1 posted 562 days ago

Hi Jim,
I saw your post and just had to have a closer look. I love seeing and admiring the work that people put into building wooden boats and those kayaks look just beautiful. I have never made a wooden boat but have a friend who is a real craftsman and I regularly go visit him just to see the progress and admire his work.
And you mentioned you lived in Gmunden in Austria. I have stayed there on a number of occasions and it is a picture postcard town.The tram, the lake and the way the old buildings have been maintained is beautiful.
Not sure I have enough room to build a boat so it is not on the list of things to do!

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#2 posted 562 days ago

Very nice work

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#3 posted 562 days ago

Thank you very much, yes, it was a really nice place to live for 4 years, great people, great scenery. I go back often as my best friend lives there. I have been fortunate in the places I have lived and as a “foreigner” finding the support of locals is very encouraging.

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#4 posted 562 days ago

Luv those kayaks..welcome to Lj’s

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#5 posted 562 days ago

Beautiful work. I dream of having the time and skill to make a strip kayak.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#6 posted 562 days ago

If you built these Before you got into woodworking” … I cant WAIT to see what comes out next!

Fantastic boats!

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#7 posted 562 days ago

These boats are beautiful. Nice work.

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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#8 posted 562 days ago

You had me at living on a lake in Gumnden Austria. Like, part way between Salzburg and Vienna? I lived in Vicenza Italy for awhile, almost due south of Gumnden… some of the most beautiful countryside in Europe. Took a Danube River cruise this past December and stopped in Vienna…

And then I sail… so your boats were of great interest to me. Well done.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#9 posted 562 days ago

There seems to be a trend among these comments of admiring both the work and your travels.
I won’t be bucking the trend.
I have a deep seated love of wooden boats and another of Europe, especially Italy and especially Venice and the Veneto area.

You did a very fine job on these little gems and I’m waiting to see what else you post … after getting interested.

I also share your encouragement of others to build a boat.
Of all the many things I have built in my life, the boats are the only ones that seem like “living things”. I never catch myself talking to a table, cabinet or box that I have built and I certainly never have shared an adventure with any of them.

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

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#10 posted 562 days ago

Man. What beauties!

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#11 posted 562 days ago

lovely boats

-- Joel

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#12 posted 562 days ago

Awesome work, look like a fun project to see suck positive results …. Love it.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 562 days ago

Such, Ken … the word is SUCH

Dont’cha just HATE it when that happens?

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#14 posted 562 days ago

Thanks for the brief boat building pep talk. The kayaks are beautiful and the envy of many a Lumberjock.
Thanks for sharing. is OK to call a kayak beautiful….right?

-- Doug

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#15 posted 562 days ago

Great looking boats.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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