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Boat Building in the Desert (insert Noah joke)

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Project by PaintByLumbers posted 310 days ago 1721 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the sailboat I am working on right now. I am Building it in Palm Springs CA (the desert), so I get some funny looks. But that just makes it all that more fun. It is a Glen L design called the tango. the frame members are African Mahogany and the hull will be marine plywood.

I am still thinking of a name for it that would be punny and related to the desert.

-- Sven Gasser integratedwoodshop.com





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stefang

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#1 posted 310 days ago

Good start. Will you be sailing it on the Salton Sea?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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HillbillyShooter

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#2 posted 310 days ago

It’s a start. If all else fails, you can attach wheels and sail it in the desert.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Jack_S

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#3 posted 310 days ago

One thing to keep in mind when you finish it. The seams on the boat will get wet …. obviously and when you pull it back out you will probably want to find a way to store it slightly humid. With modern finishes and plywood this is less important. A traditional plank boat would dry out so much you’d have to recaulk the seems every time you put it in the water. But Palm Springs is a pretty extreme climate so you may want to talk to some other desert boat builders….or maybe you have.

Jack

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#4 posted 310 days ago

Wow. Very impressive. The contrast is good. Good luck and stay tuned for more pics.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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JR_Dog

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#5 posted 310 days ago

Awesome start on the ==> S.S. Arid-Aqua (rolls off the tongue nicely when you say it fast).

have fun!

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hoss12992

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#6 posted 310 days ago

Really nice start. I look forward to following your progress. I gotta go with JR_Dog on the name. Really cool.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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shipwright

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#7 posted 310 days ago

Looks like you are off to a good start.
I’ve built a couple of boats. Feel free to PM me if I can help.
..... Dunedraft. ...... Dune Drifter….... Sandy…
( I kind of like “Sandy”. ... Has an elegant simplicity)

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

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ex-member

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#8 posted 310 days ago

Love sailboats. Best of luck and many years of sailing pleasure. I’m worried that it will puff up like a doughnut in hot fat once you put it in the water. Maybe move it to the coast for a few months before launching? :)

How about “Desert Dreamer”?....meh…”Sandy” is still the best.

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laketrout36

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#9 posted 310 days ago

How about “Dusty Waves”

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PaintByLumbers

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#10 posted 310 days ago

I am concerned about the wood expanding too, but the dream of making the boat is pushing me through the concerns. I plan to encapsulate much of the frame members in epoxy. I hope this will slow the water penetration to allow for even expansion. But we will see :)

Arid-Aqua is good. Sandy is not obvious enough for my taste

-- Sven Gasser integratedwoodshop.com

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#11 posted 310 days ago

Interesting project.
I suggest you move to San Diego, San Francisco or Seattle to build and use it..

-- Les B, Oregon

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WhoMe

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#12 posted 310 days ago

How about “desert oasis” or something with oasis in the name or:
Cholla drifter
Hot relief
Dehydrated
Heat waves

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies and the wall gets in the way.. - Mike -

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shipwright

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#13 posted 310 days ago

If you skin the outside with epoxy and cloth and seal the inside with clear epoxy (System Three S1 Sealer would be my landslide favorite) you won’t have any vapor transfer at all, at least in the plywood parts. Trim wood is where you can expect climatic problems.

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

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jackthelab

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#14 posted 310 days ago

Thanks for sharing. Love to see the boat build photos and projects.

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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#15 posted 310 days ago

Just remember, it wasn’t raining when Noah built the ARK. Would you like to borrow my “Noah” ruler, to measure the cubits??

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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