9 Ft. Grandy sailing tender

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Project by Scotach posted 2177 days ago 4640 views 14 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the second lapstrake boat we built this past year. It is a 9 footer built to be a tender for a large yacht. The Grandy Boat Company of Seattle used to make these little beauties for their Lake Union Dream boats. This was a commissioned boat and the first Grandy to have a sailing rig. As with the other boats we built this year, the lines were taken from an older existing boat. It has a Standing lug or Dipping Lug sailing rig. Western Red Cedar planking, White Oak frames and Sapele interior joinery. The oars and spars were hand made from Sitka Spruce.

-- Brian S. --- "If you’ve worked on the building of a boat, it belongs to you the rest of your life." -Bob Prothero

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 2177 days ago

Man, I have got to stop looking at these beautiful boats or I’m gonna find myself making one and then having to live in it ‘cause Jenn would banish me to it :-).

Thanks for the posts, it would be great to follow along the process as you build one of these…have you considered doing video blogs?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 2177 days ago

Fantastic, boat building is truely the essence of woodwork. Creating a vessel that carries people across water from material grown from the Earth. Nice execution. Now… Id like a Aquarama scaled down to about 24 foot if that wouldnt be too much trouble.

-- Robby Myer, Walnut Creek, CA

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#3 posted 2177 days ago

That is funny mark.
I’m in a great position in that my wife actually supports me in this wood working adventure! She supported me so much that we packed our 3 kids and some of our things and moved 2500 miles away from home so I could have a year of ultimate shop time. However, if I were to build something bigger, I think she would draw the line, and I too would be living in the boat.

I have considered doing video posts dealing with building these boats, however, it’s just not practical since I’m in a school setting. Once I get home and get to work in my shop, it is a definite possibility.

But, until then here’s a video of the Large Craft guys doing their thing. You might like it, although I had a hard time following along….they work fast!

-- Brian S. --- "If you’ve worked on the building of a boat, it belongs to you the rest of your life." -Bob Prothero

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#4 posted 2177 days ago

(1) 5,000 dollar piece of purple heart + (1) electric chainsaw + (3) hatchets = Largecraft

-- "No need to measure, just cut" Hans

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#5 posted 2177 days ago

Daddy has always said that a boat is a hole in the water into which you pour money. I’ve always replied, “Sign me up.” I think I would be inclined to live on the boat…

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#6 posted 2177 days ago

Great Job. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dennis Zongker

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Mark Shymanski

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#7 posted 2176 days ago

Man do they ever work fast. It makes you realize just how much work goes into these craft. Amazing…. thanks for the video.

Its great to hear that you have a supportive wife also (Jenn also supported me in our recent job/city change), with a supportive wife at your side anything is possible…

I look forward to your posts and wait with great anticipation any video blogs you may do. Thanks again for the video

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#8 posted 2176 days ago

A lovely tender – just the right size to remind the captain why he fell in love with wooden boats in the first place. The standing lug for me! ( Do I get a vote?) Well done boatwright!

-- s

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#9 posted 2176 days ago

very cool….I am loving the boats…sooommmeee dayyy….

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#10 posted 2176 days ago

Gorgeous, just gorgeous!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#11 posted 2176 days ago

Brian stop it you’re killing me! Love seeing these posts.

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#12 posted 2173 days ago

This boat is absolutely beautiful! I envy so much. I’ve done some boat building myself, and I know what goes into it. Really cool video.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#13 posted 1785 days ago

Napa I’m with you… one day…. amazing work.

-- PAI

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#14 posted 1706 days ago

Fabulous. Wish I was that talented.

-- Robert in middle TN

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#15 posted 1663 days ago

Amazing. True craftsmanship. Absolutely flawless. I especially like the rub rail. Nice touch. It needs nothing but when nobody is looking, I close my eyes and picture it with a rather prominent bowsprit and another sail for running. But then again…

See what happens?

I am building a 12’ wood strip kayak (which is much simpler) and I can really appreciate all of the work you put into this work.

Thank you for sharing pictures here. Thanks for the inspiration.

Do you have any more pictures of this work in progress?

-- avid termite

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