Friday, November 13, 2015

Boat is done

Got the last coat of paint and varnish on the boat.  The sail rig is 100% and I got new oars to go with the boat.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sail rig

Finally got around to making the sail.  Not a real professional job but one that will work.  I used ripstop spinaker cloth and my wife's sewing machine.  I used the pattern from the CLC boat plans.  After I made all this stuff it seams they designed a completely different sail rig for the boat.  After I take this boat out I'll look at the new new design.

Saturday, May 23, 2015


I thought about just buying oars from one of the places over in Annapolis.  I went to Bacons and they didn't have the right size.  Went back to CLC. they had them but I just wasn't ready to pay that much for them.  So...  I got a 2x4 from Lowes.  I picked through the pack and found the best boards in the pile.  I  should get 4 oars from the two boards.  I had some extra scrap hanging around so that made the blades.  I ripped the 2x4 into 1 1/2 square chunks then glued on the blades.  Stay tuned.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Just about done

I got varnish on the inside.  We're just about done.  I have the mast built and am working on the sail. I need to make a yard and a boom. 

One more part.  The tiller.  Made it from a chunk of red oak.

Friday, April 17, 2015


I finally got some paint on the boat.  Two coats of resin first plus a round of sanding.  I also made the centerboard and the rudder.  They both need finishing but the rough forms are done.  I had enough 6 mil ply leftover from the Coot dingy to make all the parts. 

Second coat of paint.


                                                                          Rudder parts


Saturday, April 11, 2015


Finally, we can get outside.  Hard winter followed by a crappy spring.  This is one coat of resin on the bottom.  I could varnish this but I think paint is the answer for a tender.  I'll leave the bow and transom varnished.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Woodwork is done.

Got most of the wood in the boat.  Took a bit to fit the seats and the CB case but we got there.  I'll glue everything in this week.  Lot's of sanding to come.  We have to get some better weather for that.  I do the sanding outside.

The weather is finally starting to get better. I got the seats glued in and will get the boat outside for resin, sanding, and varnish.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Inwales, outwales, skegs, and skids

The plans for this boat call for the shear clamps to be placed on the outside of this boat doubled up in two layers.   On an open deck boat like this, I like to do both inner and outer clamps.  Just like in canoe building.  I've fitted and glued in the clamps.  With that I'm going to have to adjust the precut seats and bulkheads. 

Dry fit the interior
You can never have enough clamps...
 I flipped the boat over and attached the skeg and the skids.  I know what the skeg does but the skids are suspect.   I anchored each with temporary screws right thru the bottom.  When I get the boat upright I'll put permanent screws from the inside.


Sunday, March 1, 2015


I got all the copper stitches out of the boat and put down the inside fairing with thickened resin. 
The inside fiberglass went next.  I'll flip the boat over and do the bottom.

And the bottom.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Whole boat

This is easy.  When I get better weather I'll glue her all together and do some fiberglass.

I got the boat turned over and the laps glued together.  I used a syringe to inject thickened resin between the overlap. 


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Half a boat

I've done stitch and glue boats before.  I was not too happy with the results.  There are no building forms and sometimes the boat comes out with a twist.  Twists are not good when they are not wanted.  Having said that, this boat went together rather well.  Not done with the planks yet but it looks good so far.  The red strap induces rocker so the sides fit.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Eastport pram

It's February, and real cold.  Too cold to finish the Coot so here we go with a stitch and glue boat.  I don't normally do stitch and glue but this boat fell into my lap so I didn't refuse.   Someone bought it from CLC and just didn't have the wherewithal to do it.  They posted it on the Alberg 30 blog and I got it.

For the uninitiated, stitch and glue is a very simple method for building a boat.  You get a pre-cut kit or cut your own and then hold the panels together with wire.  The panels then get glued with thickened resin. When the glue dries the wires are removed and it gets covered with fiberglass.

The Eastport Pram is a Chesapeake Light Craft boat.  It's a very nice 8 foot dingy.

                                                                     Pile of parts