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July 15, 2009

A Glorious Gantt Chart

Just what everyone needs - a gantt chart for doomed relationships. http://www.buzzfeed.com/gustavoa/doomed-relationship-chart-4bf/

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Lofting is the process of drawing the boat life-size. But before you can loft, you have to decide if the size is right.

So, I drew the boat in chalk on the driveway. The blue line is the six inch waterline. It roughly marks the point where the boat's flat curved bottom turns sharply to become its steep curved side. The outer line is the outer decking. The yellow is the place where the cockpit coaming runs - everything outside of that is decked. I also drew the centerboard case and mast step in yellow.

I did not draw in any seats, but you can see younger son in the lookout position and a chair in the stern sheets.

As drawn the boat is 16 and a half feet long, five feet wide, two and a half feet above the base line at bow and stern, and 18 inches above the baseline in the middle of the boat.

One of my decisions is whether or not to build it as drawn. Similar boats were stretched to a length of anywhere from 16 to 18 feet by just moving the measuring points closer together or farther apart. A fellow who built from a variation of these plans made his a few inches wider at the design length and says it works great. I am also thinking about curving the bottom a little more, since it is flat with no rocker as currently drawn.

I can probably get away with making one of those changes. But which one?

Photo below the fold

A chalk drawing of a boat.

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Plan for South Jersey Beach Skiff

Below the fold is a Google Books scan of Chapelle's drawing of my boat. It comes from page 206 of American Small Sailing Craft.

South Jersey Beach Skiff

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July 07, 2009

Boatbuilding Books

Book Report.

I have Ian Oughtred's book on clinker plywood and the library's copy of Sam Rabl's Boatbuilding in your Own Back Yard

I just ordered Greg Rossel's Building Small Boats and John Gardner's Building Classic Small Craft

I have the following on the wish list:

* John Brooks How to Build Glued Lapstrake Wooden Boats
* George Buehler, Buehler's Backyard Boatbuilding
* Howard Irving Chapelle, Boatbuilding: A Complete Handbook of Wooden Boat Construction
* Ted Brewer, Understanding Boat Design

Brewer's book is not really pertinent to the project, but it was cheap and looks like a great read.

Edit: I ordered Chapelle. I will save Brewer and Buehler for when I want to buy some fun reading.

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July 06, 2009

California and Reconstruction

I see that California has an intractable budget crisis.

It may even be that California's problems are halting a stage-3 bailout for the other state governments.

Perhaps the "republican government" clause of the Constitution could be used to order California to write a new Constitution that does not include the 2/3 rule.

That might be a bit heavy-handed. But it might also be the only thing that could work.

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July 01, 2009

The First Boat

The skinny:

I built this boat:

ted in a rowboat

Using these tools:

a small collection of hand tools

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South Jersey Beach Skiff

I am starting my second boat, the South Jersey Beach Skiff found on page 206 of Chapelle's American Small Craft.

I will introduce the first boat in another entry.

Details about the purpose and the build are below the fold.

About the Skiff


* Solo daysailer, quickly rigged, hopefully able to drop the mast to duck under bridges
* Camp cruiser for one adult and 2 kids
* Daysail as many adults as it will hold - hopefully I will have space for 4 medium-small adults (under 750 lbs of people)
* Sawdust therapy


* The back bays on the South Jersey shore
* Jersey inland lakes like Union Lake and the Cooper River.
* The tidal regions of the Delaware River
* Delaware and Chesapeake Bays
* Limited Atlantic daysailing on calm days only


* Not a great woodworker
* Built in a 2-car garage
* Boat is to be dry-stored and dry-sailed
* Motors don't like me, and break when I get near them
* Materials, tools and books will be purchased only as needed

Specifications (to date):

* Glued plywood lap using the best marine plywood available locally
* Full Coast-guard-approved flotation built into the boat - probably airboxes
* Thinking about a layer of fiberglass armor on the bottom and garboards
* Tanbark Dacron sails
* Exterior of the boat to be painted white
* Interior to be bright if I am neat, but will probably get painted

Rigging and power:

* Spritsail and a jib, because I like the look.
* The auxiliary propulsion will be oars.
* I will consider adding an electric trolling motor to use as a kicker in tidal currents

This will be a slow build, since I have two kids and a busy job. The garage workshop also has to store my rowing boat, the kids' bikes, camping gear, etc. My intended order of events is:

1. Gantt chart and project planning - current stage
2. Lofting
3. Model
4. Spars, and components (rudder, stem, frames, etc - anything that can be built and then put to one side)
5. Sails (sew my own or have sewn for me)
6. Strongback and workspace
7. Assembly and planking
8. Finishing out

This should make the best use of space since the big stuff won't be on the garage floor until the last minute.

I will be leaning on John Brady at the Independence Seaport Museum for some help, especially with the plank sizing, lofting, and building the tricky bits. I hang out with the Delaware River chapter of the TSCA, and will be bugging them as well.

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Re-starting the Blog

I decided to restart the blog.

I won't be blogging about work.

I will be blogging about hobbies, funny kid stories, and some political commentary.

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