I have been looking at building a boat for a bit now, I am looking at the Vagabond 20' or 23' as a trailer sailor, large enough for a weekend sail with the kids and small enough to haul. If so what did you find challenging about the build or what improvements would you suggest? Location: Australia It might be a bit too sporty for your requirements but a current design for home building that is gaining momentum is the i550.
Nice looking craft, I'll take it into consideration ,and review it today, I appreciate your replies, good budget to build as well I see. That said a 20-25 ft is a great size and trailerable, although I can set a mooring at his place and not have to worry about the trailering so much.
Location: OREGON Scroll down to see a very pretty sailboat called the Kingston Lobster Boat. Originally Posted by rasorinc Scroll down to see a very pretty sailboat called the Kingston Lobster Boat. Best, Stan I agree rosorinc that is a beautiful boat, and thanks for the post, I have a issues of the woodenboat magazine and they have a nice weekender in the latest issue. Location: New Brunswick, Canada I really appreciate the input from everyone, it is reassuring that a boat build is in my future and to have the many folks here to pick their brains.
I am relatively new to the entire nautical lifestyle, enjoyed a few boats in my youth, and enjoyed learning to sail and am so excited to get a build going!
I hate to be the devil's advocate here, but building a boat is a big commitment in terms of time, money and effort.
We have been sailing as the crew on the Allyance,(brother-in-law's) a 27ft Hunter, for a few summers now, and both my wife and I love it. I have the full support of my wife on the build (as long as the other regular house maintenace doesn't go slack LOL).
I really liked a lot of the reasons behind the CLC Pocketship as detailed in the Woodenboat article and on the CLC website.
I am now on my THIRD build and i know it sounds absolutely CRAZY that i started another small build in the middle of my big build, but what i learned this time around will save me MANY hours of time further down the line.
The learning curve is endless and i can now absolutely prove it - that by building a small dinghy first, you do save time and money.
When making potentially dangerous or financial decisions, always employ and consult appropriate professionals. Location: Samogitia Build of small mahogany sailboat with water jet propulsion I began to build a mahogany boat with water jet drive and and own design wingsail. Using AutoCAD I tried to design a boat hull somewhat similar dinghy, yachts and powerboats hulls. My disposal I have a woodworking shop, CNC machining center, stainless steel welding equipment, AutoCAD using experience, joiners tools and experience.
Well, I still think I can build this boat and am looking forward to constructive criticism from you. Location: Samogitia Few pictures of boat building process CNC machined and assembled form for machogany boat build. Location: France Man, it's already looking very good - specially when you say you have no experience with boat building. Location: Eustis, FL You don't really think that's anything close, to a reasonable set of sailing lines do you?
If honestly I think that for better sailing lines need more boat wide, smaller transom and may be deeper keel. Location: Samogitia More of boat building process Showed that the first layer will not be easy to put correctly on the curved boat hull form. Trying to resolve the situation with the springy rubber hose pieces pierced with wire hooks.
The second layer of mahogany cross diagonal bands is finished and sanded for outer 2,5 mm layer gluing. Tiernan adds that the reason most boats for sale today are made of fiberglass is that they can be made by semiskilled and unskilled workers who are cheaper to hire than the skilled craftspeople needed to build a wooden boat. Another is that when we build in wood or commission others to do so, we are helping to maintain an important tradition.
I wonder also whether the argument that building from wood is environmentally friendly has really been made. PS Fans of the US designer John Atkin will be interested to know that Tiernan is currently weblogging the build of a clinker-built Atkin Ninigret. PPS I’d draw your attention to some of the comments below, particularly those of West Country boat designer, occasional building and general sailing man John Hesp. Gavin, most of Tiernan's list deals with the engineering advantages of wood, as if we bought boats based on these facts.
Trees have been growing, falling over, rotting, releasing CO2 into the atmosphere for years and it hasn't caused a massive increase in atmospheric CO2. I do see what you mean – it seems unreasonable to reduce these issues to numbers and engineering criteria when one of the key reasons we go boating is often to get away from such prosaic considerations. Nevertheless, these issues are worth considering as I'm sure your inner designer will concede, and the environmental questions are much more subtle than most of us thought at the beginning. And of course, carbon emissions are tightly connected to economic activity and human activity in general. On the other side of the issue, some fraction of whatever carbon there is in a plastic boat will remain locked in the material for a very long time. You don't think you've been led down the garden path by what sounds a rather journalistic BBC article?


Ironing and washing, to be fair – both need more heat where cotton shirts are concerned. One interesting little tidbit I read recently is that the meat industry in one way or another, contributes significantly more to global warming than transportation, worldwide. One other nice thing about wooden boats, which has already been touched on a bit, but a nice one is gives pleasure to people, even when they aren't normally interested in boats. If the global warming cost of fossil fuels is added to that fuel we find ourselves playing a very different game. Did you know that one barrel of oil contains the same amount of energy as 12 men working for one year?
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Follow me on TwitterLooking for something?This is a busy weblog, and what you're looking for is probably still here - just a little way down the list now. Our Faversham-based friend Alan Thorne can help with boatbuilding projects - constructing to plans in very tidy stitch-and-glue or more traditional techniques. Its future is to have a couple of 5 HP gas model engines and some beautiful RC modelling hardware, hoping that it will when finished run at speeds close to 30-35 knots. Location: spain we have not made the hull yet, those are plugs for mold making but believe that the 2 m complete hull ready to run might be in the vecinity of 14 kg.
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No matter if you have never built a thing in your life or if you are a woodworking genius, it’s easy to design a boat if you have the proper boat building plans. The most important thing you will need to build your own boat is a workshop, garage, or a place to build it.
Since this is something you have complete control over, let your mind run wild as you start with your boat building plans. The great thing is that you really don’t require any woodworking guru skills to build your own boat as long as you have detailed enough boat building plans. Building a boat is one of the most rewarding projects you can do to create something beautiful and useful for years to come. See how we built a 20ft trailered houseboat that can be used on the water and as a camper along the way. If you’re dead set on building a Dory Boat, these are hands-down, the best dory plans you will find on the internet. The most comprehansive boat design package ever made with all the boat building basics to help you get started immediately. Boat Building Academy students Mike Tyler, Jon Bicknell and Andy Blundy built this strip-built South Bay-style catboat to a design worked up by the students with the help of instructor Mike Broome. Mike Tyler is now at Pangbourne, Reading, and involved in setting up the new Beale Park Maritime Museum. Jon comes from a background in information technology design and Jon worked predominantly with Mike on Lucie – although did spend an hour here and there on other builds. Having finished the course is now busy finding his feet in the boat building industry.
I am part of a team of volunteers at the Long Island Marine Museum where a full size Gil Smith Catboat was newly built several years ago. The most importantly - the boat will have to be small and beautiful, will have low weight that I can carry it on my car's roof. I've watched many boats images as shown on the internet and I have not bad joiner experience.
Boatbuilders teach each other, and the skills have long been conveyed by oral transmission. But if we only build boats out of oil, and keep a constant number of trees, there will be a nett increase in CO2.
I became aware of this when a BBC magazine looked at the issue and decided that the heat consumed in ironing a cotton shirt meant that poly-cotton shirts were a better environmental deal; so it seems to me that we should consider all the inputs and outputs, not just the obvious ones. Gaseous hydrocarbons are often very powerful greenhouse gases, and if a boat needs eight coats of varnish every two years, what's the impact of that? I wish someone would give me some nice, clear well worked answers that left me knowing where I was on all this, and that I could quote when the issue arises. I can guarantee that the energy expended per year ironing my cotton shirts is less than it takes to make a years worth of polyester shirts….
And it seems to me that I've never even owned an iron that got hot enough to iron a cotton shirt properly!
We should use wood because we want to, and save our agonizing about our carbon footprints for the times when it really counts.
I am not about to give up my roast lamb, but cutting my meat intake in half would do me good, and probably make a more significant dent in my carbon footprint than all the other little fiddles one reads about put together.
The difference in the reaction of people when I am paddling some rental day-glo plastic fantastic canoe, and when they see me in my little varnished oak and pine S-O-F canoe is remarkable.
I seem to remember writing about the issue years ago, and finding that the energy savings from triple glazing can take a century to pay back the investment.


What's needed is some sort of mechanism where the cost of dealing with CO2 problems are paid for by the sources of CO2, then triple glazing and the like would look a lot more attractive finacially.
If person A manufactures a triple glazed panel using oil based energy sources the cost of energy is very low but the CO2 generated is very high. The cost of the triple glazed panel goes up slightly because of the embodied energy, but the cost of the energy being saved over, say, 20 years is a very worthwhile saving.
Theres a tigermoth biplane at our local airport that is probably 60-70 years old with wooden wing spars that DO flex.
Try scrolling down, clicking on the 'older posts' button at the bottom of this page - or try the search gadget! You could just go to the sporting goods store and buy yourself a great boat, but it will be one of those soulless, plastic, mass produced things that will never give you the pride of knowing you actually built it with your bare hands out of a stack of wood. Once you have this and a good set of starting plans, the rest just comes down to having a few basic woodworking tools and after a few weekends, you will be cruising around in your brand-new, hand-made, wooden boat. More than anything, you are going to want some basic plans so you will have a grasp on how the whole thing comes together. Think of all the details that will make your boat unique and something that no one else has.
If you already have the skills, the shop and great equipment, then you already know that building chairs all day is fun, but building your own boat will be the most satisfying thing you will do as a wood worker.
You can download boat designs today, read through them tonight, and after a trip to buy some supplies, you could be make the first cuts to building a boat by tomorrow. This software automatically does all the calculations to help your boat cut through the water. However, he seems to be a man of many interests: previously he had studied sculpture at art college, where he frequently worked with driftwood, and dreamed of becoming a boat builder. Building a current design with a growing fleet might be a cheaper option as the resale value will be better.
With our busy working and family lives I have no hesitation in saying that we own and use at least one boat that we wouldn’t be able to keep up it on a DIY basis if it was made from wood. For example, when wood eventually rots its breakdown must release carbon dioxide and the much worse global warming gas methane.
If the returns are so small, I'd suggest there are likely to be other areas we could cut down on that would make more of a difference. If person B manufactures the same panel using energy from photovoltaics the cost of energy is very high, but the CO2 released is very low. Really, how would I be able to make something as cool as a wooden boat and not have it sink or leak all over the place? Once you understand how to seal all of the seams together and how to properly brace your boat so it’s not flimsy, then the only limitation when you design a boat is how to get it out of your garage. The best part is that since you are not dropping thousands of dollars on a factory made boat, you can now afford to make the boat you build bigger and better than you thought you could afford. And when you see your boat out on the water and everyone’s checking it out, you will know that your skills built that boat. Depending on your dedication and how complex the boat design is, you could be hanging out in your very own boat within a month. Andrews NB or Grand Manan, but for the most part as mentioned before mostly river sailing.
So what is the lifetime cost of a wooden boat to the environment compared with a plastic one? With regard to the maintenance I was referring to epoxy encapsulated wood like the Ninigret I'm building. The recession might have lowered energy costs, but I can see us coming out of it with soaring energy costs. I know how to swing a hammer and how to cut wood, but how would those “hobbyist level” skills actually translate to building a boat that floats?
Now I have something great to focus on and by this time next year, I’ll be cruising around on a boat I build completely myself!
We don’t see a lot of Catboats but I reckon they suit our sailing grounds remarkably well. I Rubbed the hull with epoxy resin, with six hand-help put fiberglass and dip the cloth by epoxy. Maybe plastic boat owners are more inclined to motor than sail, and maybe plastic boat owners are more attracted to resource hogging marinas?
Sure, we need a reasonably big car to haul the family around, but could we get away with an overgrown go-cart for the commute to work? And now it's too late to correct boat hull problems because, sadly but the hull is finished.
Very nervous job.Will need to apply extra two layers of fiberglass without for preparing to warnish. Just to add a factor that seems relevant, what is the contribution to global warming made by the drying of spirit-based paints and varnish?



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