Pirate Ship

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Project by johnstoneb posted 08-21-2021 03:51 PM 740 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last spring I stumbled on a website Shady Isle Pirates that had plans for a pirate ship. they build these boat and travel with them to various boat shows and pirate shows and have mock battles with these boat and carbide cannons.. My SIL didn’t have a place to store it didn’t really want it for that reason. My brother has a cabin on Lake Coeur d Alene with a lot of storage. He said they could store it and would use it in the summer. I ordered the plans and built it over the winter and spring.
The plans called for a stitch and glue construction and 8” long. It actually was about the same dimensions as an Opti. I decided to extend it a foot and build using frame construction and my Opti strongback. I extended the opti strong back a foot. there was a lot of math involved in the stretch and locating the main mast and daggerboard I built it from 1/4 fir plywood, western red cedar and a little red oak on the gunwales. All the cedar in the frame and the gunwale lumber had to be steam bent as it was a little to tight to bend dry. Finished it with epoxy and 4 oz S glass cloth and spar urethane the 4 oz cloth made the sharp bend ad the chines a lot easier than 6 oz. My daughter did an outstanding job sewing the sails. we launched it at my brother’s the first of Aug and It sailed pretty well for a square rigger. Had a fair breeze the first day then that evening we had some thunder storms come thru and the next two day we had 15 to 20 knot wind and that little boat could get some speed on. My SIL liked it so well he figured out how to store it at his place and is using it in his sailing school. It is now back in Coeur d Alene will be on the lake there.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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

What a cool, fun build and then be able to get it in the water and really enjoy it!!!

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#2 posted 08-21-2021 05:12 PM

What a fun build that must have been. We live in the Coeur d’Alene area so we keep an eye out for your pirate ship…LOL!!!

-- 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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#3 posted 08-21-2021 07:18 PM

Very cool build. Nice work.

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#4 posted 08-21-2021 08:27 PM

I love it. Real nice build!!!!!!!!!

cheers, JIm

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#5 posted 08-22-2021 02:10 AM

That is pretty awesome. Fun to see it sailing. Well done.

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#7 posted 08-22-2021 12:42 PM

Awesome – what a fun build

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#8 posted 08-22-2021 12:59 PM

Aargh! I thought in the first glance of the first picture that this was a model for sitting on a shelf and then I looked at your build pictures and realized it was a real boat. Very fun build.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#9 posted 08-22-2021 01:03 PM

Very impressive!


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#10 posted 08-22-2021 02:34 PM

That is really cool, the scale didn’t strike me at first. Really nice and fun.

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#11 posted 08-22-2021 10:49 PM

That is a huge build and a awesome ship plus it sails, top marks!

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#12 posted 08-23-2021 09:08 PM

Amazing build. Wooden boats rule

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#13 posted 08-24-2021 02:10 AM

Nice project, looks like it floats too!
You know that some projects just don’t “float” even out of the water.

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