For the Sailors and Boat Lovers #2: Ghost Ship, (why I've been away from the shop)

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 07-04-2013 04:26 PM 3268 reads 1 time favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: A matter of scale: Friendship vs Warrior Part 2 of For the Sailors and Boat Lovers series Part 3: A Quiet Moment »

I’ve been playing a fair amount of hooky from the shop recently and these videos will stand as my excuse. Friendship and several of her adornments are LJ projects so I guess although sailing isn’t a woodworking topic I can sneak them in as ”how the project works” videos.

These were taken yesterday on beautiful Cowichan Bay BC upon whose shores I have the great good fortune to live. There was a 10 to 15 Kn breeze along with a few whitecaps and beautiful sunny skies. It’s hard to work in the shop on a day like that. Friendship was happy to sail herself with the help of a bit of line and bungee cord so I took the time to shoot these for the sailors in the crowd here. Joe lyddon had asked for some interior shots so I did an interior one as well. She’s all set up for a cruise I’ll be taking in another week so excuse the rolled up bedding etc… :-)



-- 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 07-04-2013 04:39 PM


-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#2 posted 07-04-2013 04:41 PM

Aye…ready to come about Captain!
Love it!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#3 posted 07-04-2013 04:54 PM

very nice,beautiful boat you have there paul.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#4 posted 07-04-2013 05:07 PM

Very envious. I like the hi-tech auto pilot!

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#5 posted 07-04-2013 05:24 PM

Thanks for the ride and video,beautiful boat Paul . It makes me very envious ,wish I was there.


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#6 posted 07-04-2013 05:43 PM

I’m glad you are having fun and enjoying life Paul. I don’t think we have to be obsessed with only woodworking blogs and you are sitting on wood out there. It looks wonderful and fresh. I have been doing woodworking all week (actually all month) cutting down trees (18 so far) and digging up roots. I doubt anyone would like a blog about that!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 07-04-2013 05:58 PM

Wonderful Ride! ... you could almost feel the wind in your face and leaning, etc.!

I think your Auto Pilot system was fantastic!

I really enjoyed your Construction Photos…

Just making that lead keel was quite a task… perfect job!
I was wondering how you were connect those bolts to the wood keel.
Smeared epoxy all over the bolts and top, then lower Friendship onto it… with a perfect fit?

Black Epoxy between strips on top…
How did you get the UV protection in it?

The “waterline” defined by the great paint job…
Does Friendship sink just far enough to get to that line… exactly?
If so, how was that calculated (without having to write a book)?

Yes, the inside room gets small fast doesn’t it?

I’m glad the christening didn’t damage her… I think that would’ve bothered me a tad after working so hard on her.

Thank you so much for the wonderful tour… it was a great experience!

It appears that making that boat took a lot of planning…going back to building the house & the garage / shed to build it in… had to be long enough, wide enough, as well as the door opening big enough to let her GO!

You planned it well… You fulfilled the plan beautifully!

Thank you again…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#8 posted 07-04-2013 06:16 PM

It must be very rewarding and satisfying to sail a boat you made yourself. I always loved sailing but would never even think of building a sailing boat. Spent 6 years in the USCG taking care of captured German sailing yachts. It was amazing how many were brought back to the US. Looks like your going to have a lot of fun.

-- Tom D

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#9 posted 07-04-2013 07:04 PM

Lots of questions Joe, but that’s OK.

1) If you look closely in the photo series you’ll see that the bolts aren’t there when the boat is lowered. they couldn’t be as they are all set at an angle. The boat is lined up perfectly on top of the keel and the bolts are literally dropped from inside the boat into the copper tubes cast in the keel. Then nuts are put on in the countersinks under the lead and everything tightened up from the inside.

2) The black pigment is likely all that’s needed for uv protection but it’s all coated with Cetol anyway so no problems.

3) She sits pretty close. I’ve adjusted a little but not much. The waterline is on the plans and is arrived at by the yacht designer through an analysis of weights and buoyancies. My adjustments were probably required because I have a somewhat heavier engine than called for.

4) As for breaking the champagne, the stem is very strong and has a purpleheart band on top for hardness. Also, blows were directed at the stainless steel bobstay fitting.

5) Actually I built the shop before I decided on a specific design so it was more the shop determining the boat than the other way around. It was a close fit and she’s just the right size.

Thanks for the interest Joe and thanks everyone for the kind words. I’ll do my part by enjoying her for you all.

Edit: The link now goes to Google plus. If you click the popup to “go back to picasa web albums”, you’ll get the captions and it will all make more sense.

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

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#10 posted 07-04-2013 07:12 PM

she a beautiful boat and great craftsman ship on friendship.i know it will be a awesome cruise

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#11 posted 07-04-2013 07:34 PM

This is the best woodworking video I have seen in a long time!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 07-04-2013 08:01 PM


You knew that with such an awesome post, I couldn’t let it go without asking SOME questions.

Thank you for answering them… very good!
I missed the holes for copper pipes that must have gone through the lead keel… I remember seeing the countersunk holes, but didn’t connect them properly… my mistake…

I think I saw, on some inside strips, you used white epoxy between the strips…
That Cetol must be pretty good stuff… is it a clear Protector against UV & more?

Thank you for taking the time to post all of that.. and answering my questions.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#13 posted 07-04-2013 08:15 PM

GREAT videos. You are certainly a talented individual with many diverse skills. I have enjoyed learning from you. I really like the cruise control :) pun intended.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#14 posted 07-04-2013 08:23 PM

Joe, the Cetol on the deck is a brown pigmented oil that goes very well on teak. It’s called Cetol Marine and may not be around much longer (if it isn’t already gone). it seems that the powers that be are out to get all effective finishes banned.
Search Sikkens Cetol.

John, “Cruise control” .... I like it. Can I use that one?

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

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#15 posted 07-04-2013 08:46 PM

beautiful footage all looks good to me…enjoy…i can smell the salt air,and hear the sea gulls….:) it all makes me happy, and most of all that your enjoying her.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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