Stevenson Projects Weekender Sailboat Build #15: My sail boat took a big step forward today...THREE DEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!

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Blog entry by Napaman posted 08-02-2011 11:31 PM 8856 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well…your first thoughts to the pictures may be: “Looks like less boat then the last blog???” But that was the first dry fit…and so much has happened since then…today—while the pictures are a bit overkill…is a BIG DAY in our little boat…

THREEEEEE DEEEEEEEEEEEE BABY! This morning we officially “assembled two of the assemblies”...and it went well…everything pulled down nicely and I am really pleased…

Since the dry fit blog (#13) I was really busy going down my list and made tremendous progress…it felt so good that we almost did today’s step last week…but it turned out to be to chaotic—-as it was the day before our last summer trip…but now she is done—-and we cant go backwards now!!!

Well…not much else to report…the pictures show the work…even some sawdust for warren…

Next Steps: glue on the stern blocks (which are ready to go); slide in the transom and glue and screw it onto the stern block and then bending out onto the back of the boat bottom; then the deck can fit into position; and then the bulkheads will slide under…

It should be really exciting this week…stay tuned!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Dan Lyke

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#1 posted 08-03-2011 12:03 AM

Totally cool!

I suffered severe blunt force trauma to my ribs (ER intake description) this weekend while digging the foundation to my shop, so I’m out from building stuff for a few weeks. I may have to take that opportunity to drive over to Napa and harass you…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#2 posted 08-03-2011 12:34 AM

Yo Ho Heave Ho – we want more 3-D and parts fitted, you have started so you cannot stop now! It’ll come together quickly now.

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

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#3 posted 08-03-2011 01:14 AM

Hey Matt;

That is looking really good. Nice work.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 08-03-2011 01:17 AM

Looking Good Matt.
By stern blocks I think you mean the transom knee, the piece that braces from the bottom to the transom on the centerline, yes?
This is the point where it will start to go very quickly…..Very exiting, enjoy the ride.

I’ll be watching

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

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#5 posted 08-03-2011 01:38 AM

You’re getting there. Did you ever say what type of boat, i.e. Ketch, sloop…? Probably too small for a ketch huh.

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

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#6 posted 08-03-2011 01:47 AM

I still want to know how you are going to get it to the water. The wheels on the current “boat trailer” do not look street legal ;^)

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

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#7 posted 08-03-2011 04:21 AM

Thanks guys! It is a good feeling to be at this point…and later today I worked on another stringer piece and the “stern block” (notice its in quotes paul:)...If I can get the “stern block” to fit better then we may REALLY GO THREE D tomorrow…and then it will really be something to share!

DAN: so sorry to hear about your injury…you are welcome anytime…just be warned that next week I go back to work full time…so this week is the best…and then most weekends…wait until I update more though…then it will be something to look at…after this week the boat should be in an exciting place…

TONY: thanks buddy…you are so right…for a year it has been big assemblies…when I get all these together I will be able to do a lot more on my own…and smaller jobs…lots of them…they will take a long time…but I think I may be able to work an hour here and there once I get all these big pieces together…so it will feel faster…

PAUL: I wonder if you are refering to the CANADIAN BOAT LINGO dictionary? We talk funny down here…of course I dont know…LOL…But I defer to you as the boat master…since this is my first boat and my only plans…I think they call this piece the stern blocki…its three laminated triangles…that go on the and of the keel…and yes…the transom will first screw down to it…and then we will try to bend the transom while screwing the bottom edge to the boat bottom…the steering geer will also attach to the outside or stern edge which is at more of a right angle…

JACK1: I think I heard this boat is modeled after a friendship sloop…but with paul around (and he has built an AMAZING SAIL BOAT—-many actually—-but I urge you to look at “shipwrights” projects…) You should check out the stevenson site…nice pictures of MANY boats…not just their picts—-but many other builder picts…

LEW: In CA this thing is now street legal—-the problem is that you need to get through the line at the DMV…which with the state falling apart has gotten even longer…

LEE: you rock…your support is huge!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 08-03-2011 04:31 AM

looks great Matt

-- 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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Mark Shymanski

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#9 posted 08-03-2011 05:08 AM

It is great to see such great progress!

Getting back to work after the summer was always a tough thing, especially if the summer was productive and enjoyable as yours!

-- "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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#10 posted 08-03-2011 04:59 PM

Looks good!

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#11 posted 08-04-2011 03:12 AM

MINI-UPDATE: Not much done today…I woke up with a big headache and it seemed to just ruin my day…as work looms…a new school year it usually hits me around this time…headaches and a bit sick to the stomache…even 14 years into this business…nothing like the week before school…then after your first day it seems to go away…

ANYWAYS….after finally getting outside I did take the stern blocks…sanded them down for a good fit…and glued/screwed them down…they fit well and the transom slides in nice…then later in the day I popped a few screws into the transom so that we could play with the fit and pull the corners in…

On the stevenson/weekender video this seems like the toughest piece to glue/screw…and make bend the right way…they had three people on it…the only other time with all three in the video is when they put the roof on the cabin…

It seemed okay…but we may slide a couple car jacks underneath when we do it for real…(the boat bottom corners need to bend/flex up while the transom corners stay down…

They do it all with few tools (the idea of the boat) so with some tools i think we will be okay.


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 08-04-2011 06:51 AM

Wish I was up to par and could come down to help….. Hopefully getting back to work will not slow you down too much.

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

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#13 posted 08-05-2011 04:01 PM

I finally got to look at your recent pics. This is truly an amazing project. When you finish this, you will have something to be immensely proud of. I’m looking forward to the next installment. -SST

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

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Mark Shymanski

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#14 posted 08-05-2011 09:29 PM


I can empathize with the new school year maladies. I used to get a sore throat in the first week; I guess the summer I don’t talk enough and then the shift to talking loud enough for the entire class to hear was hard on the ol’ voice box.

Enjoy the new year, can’t wait to see your boat in the water!

-- "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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#15 posted 08-12-2011 06:24 PM

Dude, it looked great during the dry fit. I’m glad it’s taking shape.

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

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