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Project by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 04-14-2007 06:27 PM 6989 views 2 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just decided I should submit this as a project. I guess I never considered this as a woodworking project, because it’s painted, & all of my other projects show the wood grain.

It’s hard to believe this was done 42 years ago. Time really flies when you’re having fun.

I had always been fascinated with sailboats, so when I saw the plans for this Catamaran in a 1955 issue of Mechanix Illustrated magazine, & I saved it.

Ten years later in 1965, I decided to build it. Just about every evening for 3 months I would go out in the garage to work on it until about 11:00 PM.
It’s constructed of marine plywood, with fiberglass tape on all of the joints. The final finish was something new at the time, Epoxy paint.

Barb did all the hard labor of sewing the sail. Also she reminded me of the tough time we had trying to find some sailcloth. No one in our area sold sailcloth material, so we drove 75 miles to Duluth, & found a dealer, but the prices where beyond our reach.

One day I had to go to this old store called Virginia Auto Top. It was a real old business from the horse, & buggy days. They made everything from harnesses to convertible tops.
I notiiced this material on a rack. It was a Vinyl coated Nylon. I didn’t know what it was used for, but I thought it would work as sailcloth. It also fit my budget.

I guess I didn’t go wrong, because it’s still in A-1 condition after 42 years. I don’t think that fancy sailcloth would’ve lasted this long.

When finally finished, we launched the boat on July 16, 1965.

The funny thing about this story was that I had never been close to a Sailboat ever, so I didn’t know the first thing about sailing, only what I read in books. It was quite an adventure.

About 10 years ago we finally named the boat, The Barbara Ann.

One of my sons’ is in the vinyl sign business down in Arkansas, so I told him I wanted to surprise Barb by putting her name on it. He brought the sign material up on his next visit.

PS: All of the time I was working on the Sailboat, Barb was filling our freezer with goodies for when we went on our Sailing Adventure.

How revolting, & disappointing it was when we had our first piece of Date Bread, & it tasted just like Fiberglass. Our freezer was out in the garage at the time, so all of her hard work ended up in the garbage.
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Some old pictures of Barb, Myself, & the Boys in 1965.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1





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Bill

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#1 posted 04-14-2007 06:31 PM

That is a great boat Dick. I remember seeing an episode of The New Yankee Workshop where Norm built a small daysailer. I always wanted to have a sailboat. I just need to build my own. Thanks for the inspiration and great story.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#2 posted 04-14-2007 06:43 PM

Outstanding accomplishment Dick. Your versatility never ceases to amaze me… thanks so much for sharing this.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#3 posted 04-14-2007 06:50 PM

Very cool…one more project for me to add to my list…I live near the Napa River…and it would be so fun to ride up the river and wave to all the wine tasters in my own boat!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 04-14-2007 06:51 PM

P.s…how does it sail? You only described your first outing as an “adventure”...since the boat is still there in the water…I assume it still sails beautifully and YOU DIDNT DROWN! Thank goodness…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 04-14-2007 06:58 PM

It sails great, It didn’t take long to learn. A catamaran can run circles around a regular sailboat, because you don’t get the lean like a single hull does. My lake is surrounded by hills so the wind is sort of erratic, but we still have fun.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#6 posted 04-14-2007 07:09 PM

It sounds like great fun Dick.

I wonder if those plans are still available? It looks like a nice boat, and not as tall as a Hobie cat. That would help make it more stable too. Having sailed a Hobie a few times on windy days, I can tell you they can lean as much as a regular sailboat! And when they go over, you usually get launched !

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#7 posted 04-14-2007 07:49 PM

Mechanix Illustrated doesn’t exist anymore, but maybe you could find it on the internet. I’ll check myself. I loaned my magazine to someone, & never got it back. June ,1955 the year. here’s one source.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#8 posted 04-14-2007 08:04 PM

Brings back memories, Dick. About 40 years ago, I helped my uncle build a sailboat…a larger one with a cabin and a keel that winched up and down. I was a kid at the time….I’d start a row of screws in and he’d come behind me and tighten them up. When it was finally finished after a couple years of spare time work, he and I had many a great weekend afternoon together out on the river….him teaching me the finer points of sailing. He died suddenly about a year or so later, but I sure was glad he had time to live that dream and that I was able to share it with him.

By the way….you were quite the young stud in those pics, eh? :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 04-14-2007 09:21 PM

Interesting mast design. I’m laughing at the freezer incident. When I first started building our house our refrigerator was in my shop and every time I sprayed something the butter would taste like conversion varnish.

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#10 posted 04-14-2007 09:27 PM

Great story Dick. I guess that it is not a money pit that make a hole in the water.

-- 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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#11 posted 04-14-2007 09:58 PM

Charley, I was a young 33 year old at the time.

Dennis, That’s called a Bi-pod mast, with a Lateen sail rigging. the mast doesn’t interfere with the sail. It’s kind of like a sky hook.

Karson, I think the total cost was $150. At the time, it was a lot of money, with the meager income I had then.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#12 posted 04-15-2007 12:25 AM

This is really great Dick. You’re quite the shipwright. With the erratic winds how many ‘knots’ will she do?

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#13 posted 04-15-2007 12:26 AM

Wow Dick, the breadth of your projects is amazing. What a great project!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#14 posted 04-15-2007 12:39 AM

Thanks Guys, Always something new to challenge me.

I’ve never really checked the speed, but I’ve outrun some outboards at times. Not the high powered ones though. It’s amazing you see a wake behind you in silence.

Thats what’s nice about sailing, you can hear what people on the shore are are saying about you.
They’re so used to seeing motored boats, & don’t realize I can hear them.

Kind of sneaky hey! LOL

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#15 posted 04-15-2007 12:44 AM

oh you are sneaky all right! We never know what you are up to. ;)

Rick and I canoe when we go away … it is such an amazing experience vs. “going for a boat ride”

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribele, Young Living Wellness )

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