Opti # 2

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Project by johnstoneb posted 08-21-2021 02:37 PM 1199 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I delivered the first Opti my SIL wanted to build a second I brought the strongback with me when I brought the boat over 4 weeks in the summer we built another Opti. He wanted it finished bright So I left and over the winter he finished it.
I built this Opti from 1/4” exterior plywood, western red Cedar and Red Oak on the gunwales finished with epoxy over 6 Oz cloth and Spar Urethane.
I also posted pictures of both boats actually sailing.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#1 posted 08-21-2021 02:44 PM

very kewl GREAT JOB :<))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#2 posted 08-21-2021 03:08 PM

Nice build on the Opti, brought back memories of mine from age 16. Sure he will have a lot of fun with it.

About 1968 the father of my friend helped me and 2 other kids plus his son build El Toro sail boats, we had a regatta of 4 sail boats.

Mom sewed a sail for mine. El Toro’s look very similar to the Opti you built. Painted mine yellow.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#3 posted 08-21-2021 03:58 PM

Nice boat. (Pram?) Look like a lot of fun being had.

-- Ron

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#4 posted 08-21-2021 04:10 PM

nice Optimist.
will bring a lot of fun.
but, but… it is capsizing on the first picture.

On your computer, edit with “PHOTO”. Even if it appears with the right orientation, rotate it once in one direction, rotate it back to vertical and save it. Publish the new saved version.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn (and that is nice)

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#5 posted 08-21-2021 05:05 PM

What an awesome project and a enormous undertaking. Nice job Bruce!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 08-21-2021 08:31 PM

Nice work on a real fun boat!!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 08-22-2021 02:12 AM

Nice work. It looks like a lot of fun.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 08-22-2021 10:53 PM

You’re one clever craftsman Bruce to make a sailboat….beautiful!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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