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Blog series by Dan Lyke updated 06-18-2012 02:38 AM 5 parts 24774 reads 22 comments total

Part 1: Plotting and strategizing

05-10-2012 04:06 PM by Dan Lyke | 5 comments »

On the one hand, you could suggest that I’ve been inspired by Napaman's Stevenson Weekender build, and his Puddle Duck Racer build. On the other hand, you could blame the Bodega Bay Fish Fest Wooden Boat Challenge, which I got roped in to last year because the Sonoma County Woodworker's Association sponsored a team, we won, and this year Tom Segura and I worked with a team of teenagers who managed to compete and get around the course without sinking (with only a little input from us)...

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Part 2: The build begins

05-29-2012 04:15 PM by Dan Lyke | 3 comments »

Blessed are the queue jumpers, for they fill a 3 day weekend and leave our hands covered in glue: Charlene and I started construction on the hull this weekend, in luan and redwood. We think we’re building a fairly robust hull, but we are going to glass the seams, and we’ll probably end up building a few extra ribs to brace the bottom a little more robustly. We got the sides cut and fitted, and the bottom glued on but not yet trimmed. There’ll be a bunch of scrapin...

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Part 3: Closing in

06-11-2012 03:20 PM by Dan Lyke | 4 comments »

Been 13 days since my last update, which means there’s lots o’ progress to report! I set up a router lathe to mill the mast. Turns out 2×4s aren’t really stiff enough for a 10’ lathe bed, and the mast needed to be supported in that span anyway, but I ended up with something passable after a bunch of hand-plane and sandpaper tuning. Every year Petaluma’s various small craft river users band together to have a “Day on the River” celebration, in ...

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Part 4: Rigging test fit

06-17-2012 01:18 AM by Dan Lyke | 2 comments »

Charlene painted the boat this week. Today it was hotter than the hinges of Hades, but I went out and tried to put a couple of coats of varnish on the inside. I’m going to have to wait a while for it to cure hard so I can sand it down and try again, that first coat was soaking in and drying super fast, so looks like crap, but… I got to the “okay, gonna try to test rig this thing” stage, and I think we’ve got enough of the hardware set and enough water sealed tha...

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Part 5: Maiden Voyage

06-18-2012 02:38 AM by Dan Lyke | 8 comments »

And at some point you take a deep breath and say “I’ve figured out everything I can on dry land”. The sail needs a lot of reconfiguration. We eventually got something that worked better than in this picture, although it’s got quite a weather helm in that setup. I think we’ll end up going to a fairly traditional lateen rig shortly. The sloped transom makes the rudder funky, I’ll probably build something to put the rudder gudgeons in a more vertical...

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