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Rosebud, my 28' sloop

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Project by Garry posted 91 days ago 1606 views 5 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi guys,

I thought you might like to see this. Back in the 80s I had a dream to build a boat and sail off into the wild blue. The 75 foot dream inspired by the Adventures in Paradise TV series (who remembers that show?) gradually shrank to a 28 footer but she lived up to my dreams. I was fortunate to find an understanding boatbuilder in North Carolina who built the fiberglass hull and deck and allowed me to complete the boat myself in his boatyard using many of his tools.

I learned a lot. The first time I saw the inside of the bare fiberglass hull and deck, it looked like the inside of an egg. I had no idea where to start. My primary reference became a piece of string stretched down the centerline. The builder was patient and gave me a lot of good advice.

Once I was routing dadoes for the treads on the companionway ladder. I flipped the piece of wood around and routed two slots on the wrong side of the line. I was about to throw a nice piece of teak away when he suggested I double the width of the dadoes and fill in the extra width with a contrasting piece of ash. It became one of the most complimented features of the boat.

I also opened him up to some new ideas. The deck was designed and built to meet my requests and the open layout was entirely my creation. He sold several more boats based on this design before he succumbed to the competitive pressures of cheap, mass produced boat economics.

The interior used birch cabinet grade plywood trimmed in teak with a teak sole (floor) and ash ceiling (overhead and hull liner). Every piece was unique to fit its particular spot. It was a challenge and I loved it. I spent six months full time on the boat and had to go back to work to finish paying off what I owed him.

But then I spent three years cruising the Atlantic coast, Florida Keys and the Bahamas. I met my wife in Key West. I miss those days now but I still get a thrill creating something out of wood.

You can see more pics and read an article, “Building It Your Way,” written about the builder that featured Rosebud.

-- Garry, North Carolina woodworker and engineer - The journey you're preparing for has already begun.





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steve_in_ohio

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#1 posted 91 days ago

beautiful, great work, I love it

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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shipwright

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#2 posted 91 days ago

Nice work Garry. I built wooden boats for years but now I’m retired and just sail mine.
It’s always nice to welcome another sailor / builder to LJ’s so ….... welcome!

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

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Garry

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#3 posted 91 days ago

Hey Paul,

That’s a beautiful Friendship sloop. I’ve always liked Benford’s designs.

-- Garry, North Carolina woodworker and engineer - The journey you're preparing for has already begun.

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HillbillyShooter

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#4 posted 91 days ago

Have to admit I’m invious. I dreamed of something like that in my youth, but alas my professional life took precedence and has consumed the majority of my adulthood. Still, it’s nice to hear from those who were able to realize their dream—almost allows one to live vicariously. Thanks for sharing a great story and great project.

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

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thesoninlaw

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#5 posted 91 days ago

This is also one of my dreams. Good on ya!
Dave

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Handtooler

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#6 posted 91 days ago

She’s MAGNIFICANT! from her few pics. Any more will be appreciated and viewed with admiration. Just curiosity, what’s the difference in a ketch and a sloop? I think its the position of the mainsail.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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peteg

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#7 posted 91 days ago

always great to share another man’s dreams, looks really nice Garry, go well :)
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Garry

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#8 posted 91 days ago

Thanks for the compliments. Sorry I have so few pics and they are scans from old photos. There are pics of some sisterships on my photo site.

Rather than get into a discussion of different sail types (which can get VERY involved), let me just refer you to the Wikipedia site for sailboats.

-- Garry, North Carolina woodworker and engineer - The journey you're preparing for has already begun.

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jap

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#9 posted 91 days ago

A lot nicer than my boat lol Click for details

-- Joel

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#10 posted 91 days ago

Great work and I remember “Adventures in Paradise”.

-- Nat - West Sayville,L.I., NY

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MontanaBob

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#11 posted 91 days ago

Outstanding…..

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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#12 posted 91 days ago

Life goal…check.

-- Witty signature line still pending

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aussiedave

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#13 posted 91 days ago

Wow, that is truly amazing and excellent craftsmanship…Awesome work, thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#14 posted 91 days ago

Very nice. Not often one is able to finish off someone else’s design. Wanting a boat is what got me into boatbuilding as a profession. Well done.
Jim

-- Jim, Long Island, NY Ancorayachtservice.com home of the chain leg vise

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Kaa162

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#15 posted 91 days ago

WOW!!! As a fellow sailor, I can certainly appreciate the time and craftsmanship. Great work!

-- Blessed to have a wife who supports my addiction...Hobbies!

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