I’ve built a boat

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Project by jmp posted 10-05-2019 09:34 AM 1680 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You may have noticed I haven’t posted any new projects for almost 6 years. What have I been doing? Well, I’ve spent 4 years building my first (and probably last) wooden boat. I would say that it’s not difficult and plenty of new skills are acquired but there is so much to do and it shouldn’t be rushed. It also needs a lot of workshop space, effectively ruling out building anything else. The boat is Phoenix III, a 15 foot day sailer of a traditional design but using modern materials and techniques, designed by Ross Lillistone from Australia. Olivia Rose was launched last July and is sailed at Keyhaven in the Solent.

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#1 posted 10-05-2019 10:39 AM

Now THAT’s a project! Impressive work.

-- Petey

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#2 posted 10-05-2019 11:04 AM

Fantastic, you built a beautiful boat, enjoy.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#3 posted 10-05-2019 11:10 AM

Excellent job. I know how intense a boat project can be.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#4 posted 10-05-2019 01:12 PM

Wow, great work overall. I love the inlaid compass.

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#5 posted 10-05-2019 01:20 PM

Beautiful, I’ve got a little runabout on my retirement projects list.

-- Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands. 1Thessolonians4:11

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#6 posted 10-05-2019 02:23 PM

Just stunning work! Love the details and the attention to finishing.

-- Peter

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#7 posted 10-05-2019 02:36 PM

Sexy boat there. Looks a bit like the dories from their heyday as pleasure craft.

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#8 posted 10-05-2019 02:47 PM

Sweet, The Cedar for my Canoe is still sitting, waiting for me to start?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#9 posted 10-05-2019 04:07 PM

She is a beauty! Congratulations on seeing it to completion.

I have a little 12’ one sitting in my garage that I started 9 years ago. Just needs one more coat of epoxy and sanding and I have not completed it. I found the working with epoxy is not my thing. I hate sanding it. I have got to do it,,,, someday.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#10 posted 10-06-2019 04:24 AM


-- Desert_Woodworker

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#11 posted 10-06-2019 11:43 AM


It’s a beautiful boat!!

I know how proud you are of her. No one understands the feeling, until you launch you own boat the first time. Go now and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#12 posted 10-06-2019 03:01 PM

So beautiful. Looks like a great odyssey project.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#13 posted 10-10-2019 10:39 AM

Wow, Impressive, a real beauty.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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