Archive for November, 2010

Progress on the Coho continues. All but one of the wire stitches have been removed (I pointed the last one out as Joseph was finishing up and getting ready to leave). Sanding has begun along the chines where thickened epoxy was used to fill the flared gap between planks. All his diligent work to get the stitch holes to line up looks like it is going to pay off. We might have called him some names as he was painstakingly laying out the position of the holes before drilling them, but its going to look great. The holes all line up, the entire length of the hull.


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Woohoo! Fun times at Granny Flat Small Craft (aka, my garage) as my brother has resumed work on his Pygmy Coho.

A week and a half ago Joseph finalized the alignment of the hull’s plywood planks. While the port side was pretty well aligned already, he wanted to improve the alignment on the starboard side. He removed some of the wire ties and slightly shifted some of the planks fore and aft. He then replaced the wire staples he had removed and we tightened them down. On Wednesday the two of us glued the planks together with epoxy that had not been thickened, and then filled most of the chines with thickened epoxy. All the epoxy has been applied with syringes. Yesterday, he came over and filled the last of the joints.

It may not be particularly pretty at the moment, but progress has been made, and I’m excited to see more. I’m also excited to be able to walk around it without being worried about bumping it and potentially affecting panel alignment.



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Before the varnish had finished drying I began building a “six hour canoe” according to the book by O’Brien/Butz, Montague and Bartoo  so Emily and I could build something she could enjoy helping with as a beginning wood worker. It would also provide us with a second boat so we could get on the water together. Over the previous several months, my twin brother had also made his intentions known that he would like to take over some of my garage to build a Pygmy kayak. Within a few weeks of finishing Abigail, I suddenly had not just my recently completed canoe, but also two other boats in the process of being built. My garage has become a bit cramped, but I can imagine worse problems.

Once again, life has gotten in the way and progress on the current projects in my garage has been slow, but I can’t complain. The six-hour-canoe is almost completed (almost six months later), and my brother is getting back to work on the kayak after a bit of a hiatus.

I am also working on a design for a 14 foot sailing skiff. It is modeled on the 18 foot modified sharpie skiff recorded by Chapelle in American Small Sailing Craft, and which Ruell Parker latter included in The Sharpie Book. My first year in college I spent as a Mechanical Engineering major so I am putting many of the math and physics skills I haven’t dusted off in a while to use.  I am having a great time dreaming about a fun small sailing and rowing boat of my own design. I have the preliminary hull design laid out with the sail plan and location of the centerboard figured out. I am working on figuring out whether the designed center of buoyancy is in the right location. I suspect it may be a bit farther forward that could be called ideal. With a little luck, I would like to begin putting the building jig together in January.

These current projects will likely make up the bulk of my posts for a while. I will sharing my progress and the problems I run into (or that my brother runs into).

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