Stevenson Projects Weekender Sailboat Build #11: Transition to deck building--AND SITTING IN MY BOAT!!!

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Blog entry by Napaman posted 01-08-2011 05:20 AM 12883 reads 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Keel Completed...bottom "dry fit" onto keel... Part 11 of Stevenson Projects Weekender Sailboat Build series Part 12: SAILBOAT DECK is done...finally an update... »

Well…its been a really good week and a half since we returned from our Christmas trip…when winter break began I hoped I would be assembling my boat this week and now I know its not going to happen…but my secondary goal which I decided upon when we returned has surpassed my expectations…

When I returned last Thursday I decided to NOT MAKE A GOAL…except to try and work on the boat each day…however large or small just DO SOMETHING…and I have stuck to that goal…and now the little things have added up…so today after wrapping up most of the little things I rewarded myself by——-puttiing up my new pirate flag from my good neighbor johnny…and…

TODAY I SAT IN MY BOAT…no…not an assembled boat…but I layed out the deck pieces… I cleared out my shop to make room lay out my deck pieces…and got to see just how big the boat will be…you see for 6 months I have been looking at the boat bottom—-which is MUCH SMALLER then the deck…as the sides of the boat flare out to meet the deck the boat is much wider at the “top” or deck’s edge…I could actually visualize the boat as I sat at the back…again…much longer and wider then the bottom…

But first a review of this weeks accomplishments…everything I have been working on is to prepare for assembling all the pieces as soon as I am done building the deck…on

FIrst I had to make a BIG decision…with my keel issue I had to decide to either chop off the back of the boat, cut the keel notch longer—-or cut a notch in the boat bottom…In the end I went with Paul’s advice (Shipwright) for option three…when I was done sarah helped me slide it in and it worked perfectly…with room at the end of the keel for both the blocks and transom…

Next I spent time fairing the sides…and they look much cleaner…I finally went back and filled some spots with thickened epoxy and they will be fine…

Feeling confident after watching the Stevenson DVD (again—but refreshing to see all that I have done!!!) I glued and screwed the deadwood…

Next I set up a “jig” to route out the space on top of the keel stem which will receive the deck…

I then got to FINALLY work with parts I cut 6 months ago by trimming and sanding the bulkheads—-which was really easy with my SHOPSMITH—DRUM SANDER…(huge table to rest boat parts)...

ANd then measuring, cutting and placing the cabin, lazerette, and transom stringers…(these are used to attach the forementioned parts to the boat bottom…

ANd after all that….DRUM ROLLS…I made space in my shop to lay out the deck pieces…and prepare them for assembly…I had to roll out my table saw, lather, drill press, side boring machine, disc sander, and band saw to make room for my layout…this took all of 3 minutes…

Laying the piece out was a good thing too because I cut these pieces out 6 month ago I forgot of some mistakes…but fought through the desire to call it a day and fixed the cuts…and then I sat in my boat…And rewarded myself with a quick sail—-and it was 36 degrees at this point…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 01-08-2011 05:52 AM

Man, that is going to be a REAL beauty !
The pay off is coming pal.
You’ll be riding the waves before you know it !

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#2 posted 01-08-2011 05:55 AM

Hi Matt;

Very cool. You’re right…it’s starting to get a lot larger!


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#3 posted 01-08-2011 06:03 AM

sweet forward

great to see you sitting ‘in’ the boat

good that you decided to enjoy the build without pressure too

might as well enjoy all of it

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 01-08-2011 06:04 AM

Yah: It’s bigger but it doesn’t hold air and keep out water.

Matt do something every day and you’ll finally get more done. I won’t say you’ll ever get it done, but you’ll be closer to the end.

Theire is that old math problem. Your in a room and every step you take is 1/2 the distance to the door. You’ll never get there.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 01-08-2011 07:08 AM

There seem to have been a lot of ShopSmith references on LJ’s this week… Cool. You are making good progress, keep banging away and you’ll be sailing before you know it.

But you really have to work on your terminology if you’re going to be a boat builder.:-)

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

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#6 posted 01-08-2011 07:27 AM

Great photos and read.
Never made a boat myself, but helped my Dad restore an old mahogany river fishing boat in the 60’s,... Boat had to be 50 years old then.
Your blog brought back neat old memories.
Hope you are enjoying yourself.


-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 01-08-2011 07:34 AM

Hi Matt. Happy New Year. I have just caught up with the progress of your project over the last 6 months – it really is coming along nicely, slowly but surely you will get there.

It surprising what you can achieve, when you put your mind to it, with a minimum of facilities and a lot of ingenuity. I really like the portable “Boat House”

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#8 posted 01-08-2011 07:58 AM

Thats so cool.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#9 posted 01-08-2011 08:18 AM

thanks everyone…it was a good couple of weeks…now its back to work…but may try to mess with the deck some more…before the weekend is over…but lots to do for work on monday…booo hooo…

sorry paul—-my terminology is dependent on a few months and I am sure I am getting the terms wrong…lol…one thing I am trying to do is write for family and friends who are following along as non-builders, sailors or wood workers…I send them a link to the blog so they can see how I am doing…

thanks tony—-I have not “seen” you much…but it is nice you are checking in…THANKS…

Dan—-great little story…some day I hope my daughters say—-”remember when daddy built that little sail boat that we played in and took great trips on?!!”

karson—-so true…with boats…so I hear…you are never done…

david—-it was a good change of heart…and today I almost called it a day once I discovered some of the pieces had mistakes—-but I said—-just do a little more and got a lot more done…the deck pieces are ready for assembly…

Lee…the picture shows it a little…the size difference between the boat bottom and deck are amazing…in person it is a sizeable difference…where I am sitting to the tip of the deck looked sooo much further…then the stern (back) of the boat bottom to the front…or BOW…

eric…i hope so…but since i will be a new sailor maybe keep the waves smallish…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#10 posted 01-08-2011 04:26 PM

I am really enjoying the story. Thanks for keeping us up to speed. You are making great progress!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 01-08-2011 04:37 PM

It’s great to see this progressing. I’m looking forward to each installment. Progress is a very col thing. -T

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#12 posted 01-08-2011 04:46 PM

You is making great progress.

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#13 posted 01-08-2011 09:17 PM

“Slow and steady wins the race”, a little bit of progress every day is a good way to get this puppy in the water by spring. Great to see the progress, thanks for posting this!

-- "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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#14 posted 01-09-2011 09:19 PM

And after all that….DRUM ROLLS…I made space in my shop to lay out the deck pieces…and prepare them for assembly…I had to roll out my table saw, lathe, drill press, side boring machine, disc sander, and band saw to make room for my layout…this took all of 3 minutes…

Thanks for the “bump” on that one…had to go back & re-read. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#15 posted 01-10-2011 06:30 AM

Thanks guys…

No work the last few days with the “ramp up” for school…graded papers all day…

But I do feel great about my production over the last few weeks…thanks for your support everyone…I feel like the ball is more then rolling again…and now there wont need to be a 4 month lay-off…

Updates will come less frequent with work starting…but I will keep you all posted!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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