Shipyard Memories #7: The Smaug Blog: Wood Boatbuilding 101, Interior and Stepping the Mast

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 11-18-2010 04:41 AM 4444 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The interior of the boat was completed before launching, unfortunately without any progress photos so I’ll just show some finished shots here. Interior woods are Red cedar deckhead, teak cabin sole and salon table, yellow cedar beams, knees and sparring (ceiling) on the hull and largely Honduras mahogany trim. The bulkheads are 3/4” marine fir plywood. In the salon and galley areas they are sheeted with 1/8” ash and in the forward cabin the bulkheads are veneered with red oak.

The first photo is taken from amidships looking aft to starboard, at the galley area. The companionway ladder and the gimbaled stove can be seen.

The next one is taken from about the same place but looking to port at the chart table area. There is a built in place ice box with a refrigeration unit under the chart table as well as a stowage cubby next to the hull..

This is a shot from the galley looking forward to port. You can see the main beam with the official number and registered tonnage carved in it. The cabin sides are composite like the deck with 1/2” plywood for stiffness sandwiched between vertical mahogany on the exterior and red cedar on the interior. With all the dark wood you can see the value of the lighter colored ash here. The table is teak and both sides are drop leaves. As well the whole table can be easily removed and stowed. The arched doorway leads to the forward cabin. You can see the main mast just inside it.

Next up is one taken from forward looking back on the starboard side. The little wood burner has a coil that can heat domestic water. Notice the double copper sheet heat barrier. The door you can see aft on the port side leads to the head and the door behind the ladder leads to the engine room / tanks..

This is the forward cabin showing the yellow cedar sparring and the recessed storage forward.

I just added this one because I like the grain in the mahogany skylight.

So the boat is in the water and ready to rig. Here we are transporting the main mast from my shop to the government wharf. I’m the tall guy at the far end…. It’s not always good to be tall.

Here we are at the dock slinging the mast to the crane we’ll use to step it. The mast is a “grown stick” that is to say a tree pared down to size as opposed to a lamination of boards. It is sitka spruce and came from less than five miles away, by water.

Lowering gently.

This is the owner (remember the ribbing photo where he looked a little like a garden gnome?) guiding a very large mast coming from a fixed structure,the dock, into a floating structure, the boat. This is a much better photo of him. He really doesn’t look like a gnome at all. ... and that is a tricky bit of work he’s doing.

That’s all for today.

Next up some sailing photos and some shots of the square rigging being set up.

Thanks again. questions are encouraged.


-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#1 posted 11-18-2010 05:05 AM

Wow, this is a beautiful boat. Thanks for showing it to us.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 11-18-2010 05:08 AM

It gets better with every photo. Thanks for sharing this Paul. It is a beautiful thing to see come together.I am humbled and in awe of the entire idea of accomplishing this.

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

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#3 posted 11-18-2010 05:24 AM

All I can say is ‘Thanks for allowing us to experience of the ‘birthing’ of such a classic boat’

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#4 posted 11-18-2010 05:31 AM

I agree with Ken… it gets better and better with every pic. Thanks Paul.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#5 posted 11-18-2010 07:30 AM

Hey Paul,
Really appreciated…great job.

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#6 posted 11-18-2010 07:37 AM

i keep going back to the last entry so I can look at the entire boat from the outside…just amazed out how much you can fit inside…such great work…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 11-18-2010 08:38 AM

Excellent blog, thanks for posting this! Amazing worksmanship and a beautiful boat!

-- "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 11-18-2010 09:48 AM

Thanks for sharing your memories She is a very fine craft

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

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#9 posted 11-18-2010 01:39 PM

Looks like a comfortable place to live. The idea of fire on a wooden boat isn’t very comforting… I lived on my 28’ sailboat for four years and I loved it! It was like living in a doll house. Life at a yacht club isn’t roughing it. LOL My house was 100 miles away from my office. Not close enough to commute and not far enough away to sell it and buy another one. Plus I worked in other cities all the time and was only at the office for a few days every so often. Living on my sailboat was so much better than living out of hotels.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#10 posted 11-18-2010 06:58 PM

The fire thing is, of course, a matter of personal preference Hal, but for me a wood stove is the best heat to have on a boat. I’ve had them on three of mine and loved them.

Here’s my case:

Propane is heavier than air and explodes. It’s OK for something like a motorhome that leaks in the bottom and when it’s doors open but boats aren’t supposed to do that, so no propane for me.
Diesel stoves have caused many fires because they are left on when no one is there and can “run away” and become red hot.
Alcohol creates more moisture than heat and burns with a flame you can’t see(until it starts something else on fire).
Furnaces (Espar, Webasto etc)require electricity and you don’t always have that handy.

Wood, around here anyway, can be picked up on the beach, produces a friendly dry heat , doesn’t explode and will burn down and go out when you leave the boat.
That said I know that it’s not for everyone.

About the doll house, I spend a week at at time out on Friendship, and she’s a small 21 footer so I know what you mean.
Thanks for the comments.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#11 posted 11-22-2010 04:48 AM

Beautiful interior Paul. Wood is so much warmer and cozier then fiberglass. Seems more like a home. Thanks for sharing this great journey with us.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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