Stevenson Projects Weekender Sailboat Build #20: BIG DAY: THREE DEEEEEEEEE HULL

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Blog entry by Napaman posted 12-24-2011 08:10 PM 19687 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 19: The PDR Blog is born... Part 20 of Stevenson Projects Weekender Sailboat Build series Part 21: Non-update Update on both boats! »

Well…yesterday was a HUUUUUUUGE day in my Weekender Sailboat build…it was a day I had been thinking about for nearly two years (as far as a a place I wanted to get to). Yesterday we assembled the hull with all the parts I had made…some a long time ago…

For those of you following my new little PDR Sailboat build the weekender is actually the boat I started with…got pretty far this past summer…and then BAM…life started again as summer ended and I did nothing on the boat until this week…in the mean time I started building another little sailboat that I will finish soon…so that I can get out sailing while I finish this boat—-but that is all a side note now…You can check out that blog here.

At Thanksgiving my father in law said he would like to come help me on the Weekender when they came to visit this week for Christmas…and I was so relieved because this step we took yesterday I could not have done on my own…

Ted is not a boat builder—-but he is a master builder (houses and furniture) ...and his patient thought process and good questions helped us get through the build…all I know is what the plans (and dvd with the plans) say…so combining that with his building knowledge got us through these steps…

Before yesterday the boat looked like this…the boat bottom had been glued and screwed onto the keel last summer…and then we added the transom.

From the above pictures the boat sat for 3 months as school started (the first 12 weeks are always the hardest) and soccer games took up most saturdays…by the end of the day we added the deck, forward bulkhead, cabin bulkhead (not to mention the many support pieces we had to do first…).

Some of the shots below actually look like Blog #18—-DRY FIT #2…but this time i assure you the boat is glued and screwed. We did leave the clamps on the stern deck/transom overnight because of the extreme bend on the transom…but I will take them off today…

Below is the overall boat…with all the CENTER LINES lined up perfectly. It was really good having Ted on this part…we discussed ways to determine the location of the cabin bulkhead which needs to be 65 inches from the transom…after discussing different ways he suggested we set up a dry line to help us get the distance and angle right…

We fit the deck on first…and then the forward bulkhead…

Next was determining placement and putting in the forward bulkhead, below:

I like these shots…

Next up we will put in the Lazerette…which may need to be re-made to fit the existing boat…I have some questions on how to do this…and will need to do some research…the Weekender Plans come with a great set of DVD’s but for whatever reason not much is mentioned or shown on the placement of this piece.

Thanks for looking…MERRY CHRISTMAS…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 12-24-2011 08:38 PM

Matt: It’s looking good.

You’ll be sailing by New Years.

-- 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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#2 posted 12-24-2011 09:12 PM

I’m thinking sabbatical!!

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

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#3 posted 12-24-2011 09:47 PM

Be sure to patch them holes before you launch…
Merry Christmas to you and yours! ;0)

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

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#4 posted 12-24-2011 10:09 PM

That is really looking like a very fun project.

One of these days…


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#5 posted 12-24-2011 11:22 PM

Very freaking cool Matt! That should give you a warm feeling over the Holidays.

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

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#6 posted 12-25-2011 01:20 AM

You is making progress on your boat!

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#7 posted 12-25-2011 05:22 AM

It’s coming together beautifully!
It won’t be long before you’re riding the waves !
(Can Ted come over & help with a couple of things? lol)

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#8 posted 12-25-2011 07:41 AM

Thanks everyone…Merry Christmas and Happy holidays to all…it was a super productive few days…and Eric—-I am keeping Ted to myself…

Chris—-it is super cool and I feel great…yesterday was HUGE…and I have a plan for the lazarette when I get back from our trip…

The Weekender build is now slowing down my PDR build—-that feels prettty good…this comment was for WARREN…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 12-25-2011 05:54 PM

Busy holiday time…just enough time to say Merry Christmas (or happy whatever holiday you choose to celebrate this time of year, and of course….AWESOME!!! -SST

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

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#10 posted 12-31-2011 11:14 PM

thanks tom!!! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you…just got back from a week at Grandma’s (and thus no e-mail/internet)...HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 12-31-2011 11:59 PM

I don’t know how I missed this post. Anyway Matt, It’s looking good and I’d say the toughest part is now past and you can “board her up” now with the knowledge that the shape is locked in. Good to hear that everything lines up. you’re doing great. Gonna be a boat builder yet.
Are you going to scarf up the side planking or use butt blocks?

Good work.

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

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#12 posted 01-01-2012 12:35 AM

old age? Maybe I should not tease the master! Thanks Paul!!! I have not decided on the sides…I am thinking of doing a lot without the sides (benches, mast box…etc…) without the sides on…and maybe painting too…OR just putting one side on…

will get back to work tomorrow…lazarette first…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#13 posted 01-07-2012 04:47 AM

TWEENER UPDATE (for those of you who follow my comments BETWEEN big posts): Today I worked on a new lazarette…this is another structural piece at the stern (back) of the cockpit…it will help support the deck since that is a part where people will step into the boat…and where the steering geer will be.

Since I am not going with a steering wheel this compartment is more for storage and deck strength…I toyed with the idea of sealing the compartment for flotation…but leaning less for this…since several people recommended (on another boat blog) that it should allow for air flow…

I can close it off and put on a deck place/cover so that I can access the space and then close it off…

I would love to hear thoughts on this…

Anyways—-today I made a new piece and then squeezed it into place and it fits really well…this fit is OFF the plans…I extended the sides pAST the edge of the boat and will trim it…

Tomorrow I have to trim back a piece on the underside of the deck to fit the laz all the way…but it was getting dark and thought i should wait for light to be flat on my back with tthe router upside down to trim the piece and then I can really fit it in…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#14 posted 01-08-2012 03:51 AM

Here is what I came up with…it is dry fit now…and it fits really well…I will add some support pieces tomorrow and then I will put clear epoxy on the boat bottom, transom and back of the new lazarette. Then officially assemble it…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#15 posted 01-08-2012 07:02 AM

You don’t need the flotation.
You will want the storage space …...Trust me.

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

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