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Project by shipwright posted 09-28-2010 05:15 AM 14396 views 40 times favorited 67 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my personal (retirement) boat. I built her in the winter of ‘06 from wood I have had for 25 years. She is a 21 1/2’ Friendship sloop designed by Jay R Benford. The hull is cold molded Red Cedar and the other species used include Yellow Cedar, Douglas Fir,Teak, Mahogany, Locust, Purpleheart, and Sitka Spruce for the spars. Her name is “Friendship” in honor of Friendship, Maine where this design type originated about 100 years ago.

See construction here

A couple of sailing videos:

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

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#1 posted 09-28-2010 05:40 AM

That is a beauty

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#2 posted 09-28-2010 05:47 AM

From a fellow BC’er welcome to lumberjocks.
Beautiful boat and you obviously have great talent in woodworking.
Enjoy the retirement and I hope you post many projects so that a slob like me may learn something
Cheers, Scott

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#3 posted 09-28-2010 05:48 AM

That is great! How many hours did it take to build?

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#4 posted 09-28-2010 05:53 AM

That is really, really nice.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#5 posted 09-28-2010 06:10 AM

Sir, you have done a terrific job.
She is gorgeous.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#6 posted 09-28-2010 06:18 AM

Wow so impressive a fantastic boat, a dream boat!!!! Super craftsmanship.


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#7 posted 09-28-2010 06:51 AM

She looks quite the proper lady there, all decked out for a day on the water, or a trip to warmer climes. Any longer trips planned? Could you use an enthusiastic if inexperienced deckhand?

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#8 posted 09-28-2010 07:37 AM

God blesses good job! Despite remarkable craftsmanship in boat building you Sir created true-born beauty.

-- Szczyglic - Krakow - Poland

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#9 posted 09-28-2010 08:06 AM

Really nice, many full sails.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#10 posted 09-28-2010 08:34 AM

Sweet vessel…good job.

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#11 posted 09-28-2010 08:38 AM

I had an O’Day for years, built from the vast forests of fiberglass trees that grow along the Eastern Shore. I’ve sailed the Chesapeake Bay for years… St. Michaels… Annapolis… brought yachts up the inter-coastal from Florida to Maryland… even sailed a bit in the Caribbean… have seen many sailboats… not many were built by their owners… of those, few compared to the lines on Friendship. You are in a league all your own. She is beautiful, stunning. What pride you must feel when you’re sailing her. You are living my dream Shipwright. Can you sense the envy? What else can I say.

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

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#12 posted 09-28-2010 08:41 AM

Nice work. I thought those pictures were in the Pacific NW :-) Welcome to LJ!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 09-28-2010 09:23 AM


Long ago, I helped my dad build a 16 1/2’ Crescent class sailboat…before the electric screw gun era. Friendship, however, is in a whole different class.

I’d love to see more pics, especially of the interior.

-- Life is a sales job.

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#14 posted 09-28-2010 10:10 AM

This is a project many would love to do and you did it very well! You should enjoy it-proudly. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#15 posted 09-28-2010 11:12 AM

Fantastic job! You’ll have many hoiurs of sailing pleasure with her. I had an O’Day 222 a few years ago. It’s about the same size and big enough to spend weekends anchored in paradise cove? You know where that is don’t you? It’s anywhere you toss out your anchor when you are on a sailboat! I sail a Beneteau First 285 and a Holder 20 now. Just looking at your photos makes me want to take off the rest of the week and go sailing.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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