Shot some video footage yesterday that will be part of the next video. Don't wanna give too much away yet, but certainly won't release a next video until lofting is at least significantly underway.
Hope to get my daysailer out sailing later this week. Elizabeth and I are planning to go off for a day or two on the lake.
Greenpeace have a petition and campaign running to stop plastic waste pollution of the Mediterranean. The button above links to the website and petition in support of this. Good cause, methinks!
I've just released episode 2 of the SV Tapatya building series. It was fun making it. Early days yet, but good practice :-)
Although it may look as if nothing much is happening here, there's a lot of activity behind the scenes. I'm in the process of setting up various online elements - parts of this website, Patreon, YouTube, etc; I've bought a new camera for making videos blogs and am learning how it works :-], I need to get the last few bits of clutter out of the boatshed - a couple of bits need to be sold and some reorganisation is required. I'm currently thinking about the best way to approach the lofting - it'd be good if I could do that and manage to keep my daysailer in the boatshed for at least this coming winter. In terms of schedule, I plan to get the boat lofted and the cross-sectional station frames built this winter - I work full-time and it gets cold here in the winter, so if I can achieve that, I'll be ready to build the hull in the spring of 2018.
I've set up a Patreon page to try to help me achieve what I want to do with this project. Basically, I intend to post regular video blogs of the boat building process, where I'll attempt to show how I get on, how I go about the various steps, what goes well and what doesn't, where difficulties arise and how I deal with them. I'll also discuss my thoughts on aspects of the boat and build - boat choice, materials, processes, technologies, gear. I will certainly be considering environmental aspects of boat building and will talk about them.
When the build is finished, I intend to head off and will continue vlogging as I make my way, probably through the European inland waterways to the Med and beyond.
My Patreon page is here; https://www.patreon.com/sv_tapatya
Your support will be appreciated!!
I'm just back from 2 weeks holiday on the Costa Daurada in Spain. We stayed in one of the more relatively unspoilt bits of that coast, in a small village - or better said, a small settlement on the coast, connected to an older, traditional village a few kilometres inland. The coast there is lovely, like much of the Mediterranean coast. In particular, the gold-coloured glittery flakes that illuminate the water and give that region of the coast its name are delightful. The water was warm and, on still days, crystal clear, making it ideal for swimming and snorkelling. Like much of the Med, there's not much sea life to be seen, but occasional shoals of fish reward the patient snorkeller. What bugged me most however, was the amount of plastic waste in the water and on the beaches and sea shore. On days when the waves are up, the shallow coastal water gets stirred up and bits of plastic float in the water amongst the broken off bits of sea grass. When snorkelling, all sorts of plastic waste can be observed lying on the sea bed - old tarps, polypropylene rope bits, kids toys, plastic bags, food packaging, etc, etc. The more touristy beaches suffer from discarded drink containers and food wrappers, while the more remote beach and coastal areas are littered with all sorts of decaying plastic remains. I know I'm not the first person to be alerted to this problem, but our treatment of our oceans, seas and coastal areas has got to change. Plastic of this sort has been around for less that 100 years - the bulk of it has been produced in the last 50 or so years, and yet our marine environments are already suffering seriously from our incapacity to act responsibly in the way we deal with plastic waste. I shall be looking into ways in which I can help and will post further when I know more.
Electrics are in, as is some shelving and tool racks. Basically the boatshed is ready. I have a few things to do in the next couple of weeks, but building is on target for an August start. Looking forward to it.
Was out in the boatshed till 9:30 in the evening - a taste of things to come, methinks. Suffice to say that the ridge is now complete, Kerry and I finished off the woodwork under the eaves at the back and then I started on upgrading/increasing the lighting and power sockets in the shed. I think this blog already has enough photos of the boatshed, so I'll leave the completed exterior to your imagination.
There's a lot of thought goes into the preparation for a project like this, and I spend a fair bit of time reading blogs of other builders and researching materials, engines, equipment and even waterway regulations in preparation for setting off one day. As it stands, I need to finish the electrics in the shed and I have a few bits to do about the house. I anticipate starting the lofting of the boat - which I see as the start of the actual boat building - in early August.
Saturday wasn't exactly the perfect day for roofing -it was Karin's birthday and it rained hard for most of the day, but Kerry and I were out in it. We stripped one side completely, used the best of those sheets to finish the other side and then put the new roofing on the stripped side. Only one little issue - I forgot to buy the ridge pieces (dozy sod!). Anyhow, nearly done and mainly dry inside now.
On Sunday I put a bench and shelf up inside and started moving boat-building stuff in. Getting places :-)
Look what I got :-) 11 sheets of steel roofing.
It doesn't match the existing roofing, but is the same as the roofing on my workshop building. So, I'll strip the roof side of the boatshed facing the workshop, use the best of the old sheets to complete the far side of the boatshed roof and put the new sheets on the side towards the workshop. Sweet!
Had a major sort out at the weekend. Basically emptied one workshop/storage area and moved other stuff (bicycles) in there. All of the boating bits from the workshop/storage area are now either in the boatshed or waiting to be moved there. There's a lot of thought and organisation needed. Progress :-)
I've added another new page to this site, chronicling our adventures with my first boat Miss Molly I. It'll be a long story and I'll be adding to it for a while until it's told in its full.
There's not much going on in truth. I'm currently cladding the gable end of the house and finishing the balcony project off. My car needs some expensive repairs, so I'm basically skint and can't consider buying the roofing at the moment. I have, however, booked a sailing trip for this September to do the practical part of the German costal waters skippers licence - I did the theory and navigation parts last winter.
I did all of my cruising (back then) without any form of licence, with the exception of the restricted radio operators - it really wasn't necessary and nobody was concerned. We were boarded twice by the US coastguard, and they certainly weren't bothered. It was, however, very much learning by doing. (as an aside, I also did a course on celestial navigation, but on reaching the northwest Pacific was somewhat frustrated by days of blanket cloud and not a glimpse of the sun. I bought a GPS in Oregon!)
Here in Germany, things don't work like that. Licences are necessary - even to go coarse fishing! I have to admit, I also felt a desire to learn and improve, so I did the basic inland and sea boating licences here some years ago and wanted to go on from there. Doing it all in German is challenging, but I haven't regretted it at all. And one outcome now is that a group of us from the course have booked this trip in September - so, more sailing and meeting good people - what more could you want!!
I'm having a bit of a nightmare trying to find matching steel roofing sheets to roof the shed extension. The sheets on the existing building seem to have a profile that isn't made anymore. I'm still waiting on a response to an enquiry from one supplier, but if that comes to nothing, I guess I'll have to strip one side of the pitched roof and use the sheets from that to complete the extension roof on the other side, then order enough new sheets to roof the entire other side. Bit of an expensive solution, but I can see no other tidy and watertight solution.
Meanwhile, here's a couple of shots of the clearer interior. It's looking quite big, although I expect it to look quite small again once I start putting a boat together in there.
I've just added a new page (link top right) with links to blogs from builders of other Benford dories. There's a nice contrast of approaches to the building, and some splendid work being carried out by people out there.
You could be forgiven for thinking this is a blog about shed building - it is indeed what I'm still doing. The boat building will follow, I promise!
In a way, I feel it's important to record the whole process. There are a few other blogs about that mention the place of construction, but tend to skip somewhat on the building preparation generally. I shall try to give you it all.
In his book on building Badger, Pete Hill does detail the construction of the boat shed. I've gone for quite a different approach. The fundamental difference is that Pete Hill's shed was only intended for the actual build, and, if I remember correctly, didn't last that long (I think a storm blew it away). My shed should live on after the boat is out and afloat, so I've tried to build it well!
Here's a shot of the roof trusswork. With the exception of one pack of 6 roof battens, all from recycled wood.
Here's a couple of the inside, looking in each direction.
And the outside, firstly with walls up, then with a lick of paint applied.
Walls are standing tall and finished now. Roof framing and trusses are done. I have to try to find steel roofing panels that match the rest of the shed - want it to look nice!! Photo soon.
Cladding wood was delivered fairly late yesterday, but I did manage to get a couple of hours in in the evening and made some progress.
Busy(ish) weekend. As you can see from the photos below, I got the post and beam framing up and then progressed a bit further with the back end roof truss and some of the further roof structural woodwork. Also paid a visit to the local woodyard and ordered the weatherboard cladding for the extension - should be delivered on Wednesday. Sadly, I'm away at the weekend, but will try to get as much clad as possible on Wednesday evening.
Milled the lumber for the framework of the shed extension yesterday. The floor plates are down and the first couple of uprights standing.
Read up a bit on the use of light (approx 50g/m) glass cloth and epoxy to stop fir ply checking. Seems to work. Will probably go down that route on the interior ply, where necessary. On another topic, I was looking at the plans the other day and noticed that Mr Benford details a Dickinson Bristol diesel stove in the galley. Guess what I just happen to have in storage? :-)
No, not a cry for help - It was May 1st yesterday - a national holiday.
The shed extension is progressing... slowly. It should be looking like something worthy of a photo soon! Meanwhile, the deck of my new balcony presented an opportunity to hone some skills and try out some materials. The deck itself is about 5 metres by 2.5 metres of larch tongue and groove boards. To seal this, I grabbed the chance and laid 6mm plywood sheets on top and then glass cloth and epoxy over it all. Not the first time I've used glass and epoxy, but valuable experience of working with the materials and also of getting a better idea of the sort of quantities of epoxy needed. It also further convinced me to use Collano Semparoc glue for as much of the boat construction as posssible. Epoxy is not nice stuff!
All a bit quiet at the moment, although progress is being made - it's just not the interesting sort of progress that makes good blogging material. I'm currently rebuilding the balcony on our house - some of the old wood from the balcony I've taken down will be used for the boatshed extension. In fact, using this recycled wood, I have managed to put a truss and a small side wall in the back end of the existing boatshed in preparation for the start of the extension. I've also procured a quantity of douglas fir that will become the frames for the new boat. As I said, not very interesting...
This is the very first post of this blog that hopes to record the entire process of building a 32ft ocean going sailboat. The intended vessel is an approx. 32ft junk rigged sailing dory, designed by the American designer Jay Benford. The design is one of a family of sailing dories from Mr Benford, that are fairly well-known and are proven ocean-going cruising vessels.
I have some experience of boat building and renovation. Pre kids, I completely rebuilt a ferro-cement junk rigged sailboat and sailed several thousand ocean sea miles with her, and have since built three other small boats - an optimist (for my daughter), a Selway-Fisher Wren canoe and a San Francisco Bay Pelican. This boat is, obviously, a somewhat larger undertaking.
As to the choice of boat for this project, opinions about boats vary wildly - particularly on internet forums. I've made my carefully considered choice based on my experience of boat building, living aboard and sailing, and I believe it to be the right choice for me. It might not be the right choice for others. Frankly, I don't care.
I'll come back to the plans, etc in a later post and will start here with the first hands-on event of the building process. Clearly, in order to undertake such a project, a suitable building site is needed. I am lucky enough to live on a half-acre plot in the north of Germany, and on this plot is what was originally an old nissan hut building that served as a garage. I put a rough concrete floor in this structure about 15 years ago, and a storm about 10 years ago forced some renovation of the building. I have since renovated 3 sides - the 4th was inaccessible due to a rather large rubble pile and some significant tree stumps and bushes. The building itself is about 5m wide and (I'm going to mix my units here) about 27 ft long - clearly not long enough to build a 32ft boat in. The first job therefore, was to get rid of the bushes, tree stumps and rubble, and put in a concrete base for the shed stretch.
The Boatshed (tidy front view)
Side View (with rhubarb and gooseberry bushes)
Boatshed (untidy back view - with concreted extension base)
Hard at work (with kids and fairly decrepit mixer)
Hi, I'm Tony. This blog is about my attempts to build a 32ft Benford sailing dory in my back garden. If all goes well, I plan, one day, to head off into the sunset.