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Napaman

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1749 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: wooden boat boat building

Hi everyone…I have been toying with the idea of building a small sailboat…I had been on the SLLOOOOOOW plan of building my overall skills, and taking classes….learning to sail and building in the next 5 years…

Then in my research I came across The Stevenson Pocket Yacht designs…and I have spent about 20 umpteeen hours reading everything on these boats…

They have boat designs which look AWESOME…and are supposedly buildable by even a beginner like me…there were hundreds of sample boats and links and stories…

Has anyone ever seen one or built one…

CHECK OUT THIS SITE…its pretty amazing…

http://www.stevproj.com/PocketYachts.html

After spending all day sunday and last 3 evenings looking and researching these boats I am ready to pull the trigger…I have been in touch with Scully who is an LJ and sailing instructor here in the bay area (SF) and he thought these looked good…so now I ma throwing it out to all of the jocks for their thoughts on this…

let me know what you know you think…

MAtt

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007


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degoose

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#1 posted 1749 days ago

JUST DO IT!!! Life is too short.

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Napaman

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#2 posted 1749 days ago

lol…thanks…but do you know the company?? I agree…I am just checking with my 10,000 strong army of woodworkers to see if any know about these plans/boats?>?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 1749 days ago

Another website is…

http://www.bateau.com/

-- T. Nelson

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Woodwrecker

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#4 posted 1749 days ago

WHY NOT !!!

Every guy in the Bay Area should have something to put on the water!

Good luck & hope it turns out JUST the way you want it.

Take a few pictures along the way.

WAY, Way COOL PROJECT !!!

-- Having fun...Eric

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#5 posted 1749 days ago

Alright, Matt!!

What a neat project and learning experience!

Just don’t build it in the basement and have to cut it in half to get it out ;^)

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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rtb

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#6 posted 1749 days ago

Matt, a couple of questions.

1. Can you swim ?
2. How long can you tread water? in present condition?, after 2 year diet and exercise program ?
3.where does the motor go ?
4. Have you had your head examined ?
5. How much fishing tackle does it hold ? (you are going to take Grant aren’t you)

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#7 posted 1749 days ago

It figures that DaveR has built one. He probably drew it in Sketchup first ;)

Seriously, I’ve been thinking about this project a lot. My girlfriend even wants one now, and we have a nice fiberglass 21 footer. I would build the Vacationer. The way it’s built is actually a whole lot easier than more classic methods like what mattd is doing with his awesome tender project. Of course, he’s also getting that classic boatbuilding experience too.

The things I like about this design is that it’s been modified to be very easy to build, it looks like a miniature Ted Brewer ketch (without the mizzen) with that clipper bow, and it doesn’t look like your standard plywood, hard chined Glen-L boat. This is a boat you can be very proud of and put a lot of your own details into. Some people have carved decorative trailboards to give it that Errol Flynn clipper look. If you couple all this with the fact that it will be great for the kids, I think it’s a no-brainer. If we didn’t already have two boats, and weren’t saving for our 40+ footer, I’d be building at least one of these. I may have to build one of the models to get this out of my system.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 1749 days ago

You’ve seen this sailboat Matt, but you might as well see it again.

This is a great boat for a beginner.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Napaman

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#9 posted 1748 days ago

Thanks everyone at work right now so cant comment…but thanks!!! Will ask more questions later…

Matt

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Napaman

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#10 posted 1748 days ago

THANKS EVERYONE I was at work so i could type too long…DAVE R….I SAW THAT BOAT on the website a few days ago and looked at the pictures over and over not knowing it was you…

I had been getting ideas and feedback from scully since I know he sails and found out that he manages a fleet—-and thus knows a lot about boats!!! He was giving me the encouragement but best of all he took a lot of his time to investigate the website to see if these boats look buildable and sea worthy…

After a few days of investigation I thought it was time to turn it over to LJ;s hoping to hear that some have built one or could tell me about other sites OR that these boats are worthless (I would rather know that now, lol)...

DaveR I will send you a PM…thank you so much…so far the forums have been dissappointing—-but I think I am so used to LJs where so many peeople are active…many of the links on the forums were old…but I will keep checking in there too…

Scully…I am definitely leaning to the Vacationer right now…

matt

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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CaptainSkully

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#11 posted 1748 days ago

I was originally turned off by the fact that the Vacationer was “twice the price” to build of the Weekender, then I found that at the beginning of the decade the price to build was $1600 and I thought to myself, then that makes the Vacationer $3200 in 2002 dollars. Even if it’s four or five grand now to build, that’s not shabby for a 24 foot LOA/21 foot LOD boat. I’ve got a 21 footer that I paid $25K for in 2001 (and am still floating the boat note on).

BTW, DaveR, now I know where the Herreshoff table came from. I’m contantly amazed at how deep the bench is here on LJ’s…

Matt, after looking at how small the guy looks in the cockpit of the Weekender, I have to agree. I know they have warm fuzzies about the Weekender, but the Vacationer is just a bit more bang for your buck.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 1748 days ago

I looked at this project cam, & it made me kind of excited for you.

It looks like a fun, & challenging project.

If I were you, I wouldn’t put it off too long.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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CaptainSkully

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#13 posted 1748 days ago

What? No lofting, no mold, what kind of boat building project is this? I’m about to order some marine grade plywood. Somebody stop me!

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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a1Jim

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#14 posted 1748 days ago

Looks like a great project and lots of fun when your through.

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Napaman

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#15 posted 1747 days ago

i am more excited with every comment…thanks…

DIck…that is a cool cam…i spent 12 hours on the site on sunday—-read every word and looked at every page…when you get into the sample boats they often lead to individual stories and building pictures…it is pretty impressive…

Chris—-CAPT…I am still going vacationer…I got a PM from someone on the forums for this and he said the dvd is for the weekender but same construction techniques…but the plans are a little harder to read on the vacationer as if they have not upgraded them????

Daver…..your right—-of course lol YOU BUILT ONE…but in all the literature they talk about the rigidity as it all comes together…they keep mentioning as long as you keep all pieces on a “center line” then you will be fine…

I got a message from MIKE STEVENSON HIMSELF too…on the forum and he still pushed Weekender…but he sounded cool…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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