Stevenson Projects Weekender Sailboat Build #12: SAILBOAT DECK is done...finally an update...

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Blog entry by Napaman posted 07-08-2011 06:37 AM 5460 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Transition to deck building--AND SITTING IN MY BOAT!!! Part 12 of Stevenson Projects Weekender Sailboat Build series Part 13: Dry Assembly »

Its crazy to think that my last boat blog was back in January…while winter break was incredibly productive the spring semester for Mr. D was pretty busy and stressful…the focus for sure was on the job…which as TEACHER OF THE YEAR FOR 2011 I guess I do take my job pretty seriously!

Summer so far has kept me busy writing a grant and wrapping up school work…and its crazy to think August is around the corner…

BUT the GOOD BOAT NEWS…TODAY we assembled…drum rolls….THE FINAL MAJOR ASSEMBLY before we assemble the assemblies…today we took the 5 seperate deck pieces and glued and screwed…and we finished!

It was hot out on the patio…and the epoxy was hardening QUICK at 93 degrees…we even had a smoker!!! One of the batches started smoking after heating up so quick…

WHen we got to the stringers we had to work quickly as it hardened pretty fast…but it was fine…besides the heat on the patio it went pretty well…thanks to the assistance of my lovely wife…

The pictures arent real exciting this time…but I can tell you—-I have been looking at these 5 parts leaning SEPARATELY against my shop wall for a year and it feel really good to have the last major assembly done…

Sarah thought I should sweep off the dust before taking the photos—-and I said—-this IS FOR LUMBER JOCKS!

Next steps...let the deck firm up…and during that time return to the keel…I need to do some more trimming to the nose and stem of the keel to make room for the deck…I was concerned about a slight kink in the keel as it sat on my stand so I took it off the stand and laid it flat on my garage/shop floor and put bricks on the high spots…and since it is laying flat on one side I will try to use my router for that final trim…and also I figure I can patch the screw holes on one side…so less to do down the road.

The boat bottom is ready to go…and the keel is super close…so I hope to put the boat bottom onto the keel this week…and then??? the big assembly day—-THREE D soon…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 07-08-2011 07:13 AM

Congratulations on the Teacher of the Year 2011! That is awesome; teachers have a tough job it sure is nice to get some recognition for your efforts.

More congratulations on the progress on your boat! I am eagerly waiting for you to finish this project and get it wet.

I’ve done a few grant proposals in my time and I know how time consuming they can be. Hopefully the process is transparent and successful for you!

-- "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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#2 posted 07-08-2011 11:49 AM

good to see you are getting to work
on the boat again

and a big well done on the teacher thing

enjoy the rest of the summer

maybe a barge next
to tow all the LJ’s
around the bay

like cord wood

-- 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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Bill Akins

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#3 posted 07-08-2011 02:02 PM

Congrats on the award. The boat is coming along nicely. Can’t wait for the big finish.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#4 posted 07-08-2011 03:28 PM

Matt: Congratulations on the Teacher of the Year award and also on the build so far.

I’m glad that you are able to get a little time to work on it.

-- 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 07-08-2011 03:57 PM

Nice progress on the boat. Sometimes these projects take a while, but in the end they can be completed.

Can’t think of a better reason to delay construction than to focus on your teaching – Congrats on the award!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 07-08-2011 04:13 PM

You done good!!


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

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#7 posted 07-08-2011 04:21 PM

About time… on both…. lol Good to see your rolling on some fun stuff.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#8 posted 07-08-2011 05:06 PM

Yeah, hadn’t heard about your major award. Congrats! Let me know if/when you need help so I can run up to lift heavy things. We just moved into a townhouse in Brickyard Cove (half hour closer) with a 40’ slip in the back, so you can come visit by sea and hail the harbormaster for a guest slip when you get here…

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

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#9 posted 07-08-2011 05:07 PM

Great job on the award !
Teacher of the year is no minor thing!

I thought you gave up on the boat there for a while. Can’t wait to see it assembled!

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#10 posted 07-08-2011 05:15 PM

Congrats on the teacher of the year! And now I’m gonna have to drive over two valleys sometime shortly to see this thing as it comes together. Gimme a yelp if you need another set of hands come assembly, that’ll give me an excuse.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#11 posted 07-08-2011 05:42 PM

Thanks everyone…it felt good to move forward…and when I get home from SCHOOL today I will do a little more…

Chris and Dan…since you are locals I would love the help…my schedule is to get the keel ready…and put the bottom on…then a few days from that???? The only problem is that I have several other projects and a trip to yosemite that will delay me…so I will pick a date once the boat bottom is on…I dont think the big assembly will be before we head to yosemite which is next weekend…

BUT SOON…THREE -D day is soon…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 07-08-2011 05:44 PM

P.S> CHRIS————I love the idea of visiting…since the boat has a long way to go…and then I will need to become a competent sailor before that…maybe a faster long range plan is to have you, the sailing teacher, drive to me…and we sail it together!!! and then I can trailer home???!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#13 posted 07-08-2011 06:18 PM

Hey Matt, a big congratulations to you on “Teacher of the Year”!!!!!
Fantastic accomplishment for a very challenging job, kudo’s to you !!!

Congrats on your boat progress, it even has the actual “shape” of a boat now…...

Can’t wait to see the next steps towards the launching.

Have fun in Yosemite and take lots of pics !


-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#14 posted 07-08-2011 06:20 PM

Great work and a great achievement too! Hope you’re having a good summer.


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#15 posted 07-09-2011 12:22 AM

Great going Matt! We actually WANT TO SEE SAWDUST. I don’t know if I told you this but, If you take a cookie sheet and line it with some plastic or wax paper then pour your epoxy out on that it will slow down the epoxy and give you more time to work with it. Leaving it in your mixing cup will hasten it’s distruction.

-- life is a journey not a destination

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