Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
One of the things that attracted me to the Stevenson designs is their philosophy of building—even building entirely with what you could buy at your local blue or orange hardware store. That makes owning a sailboat a realizable possibility for people who aren't "rich." I am blessed with access to a couple of individuals and a couple of wood shops—resources that make it possible for me to do a much better job than I could on my own with just the plans, DVDs and tools I own. My grab rails illustrate this. But my beefy hand rail design and construction shouldn't prevent someone else from following the plans to the letter. Besides that process can be completed more quickly and easily than mine. Kingsfold is my Weekender sailboat. I am building it the way I want to. You build yours to suit you.
Posted by Gil Bahnsen at 10:20 PM
Thursday, September 27, 2012
I have a friend who teaches at a private high school of my acquaintance. I took the grab rails I made into the wood shop at the school to start rounding the edges, sanding, etc. He looked rather askance at my choice of wood—for very good reason—and took me into the stock room. He handed me a large piece of African mahogany that had been donated some years before, and strongly suggested I use that instead. So now, thanks to his assistance and encouragement and reminding, I am raising the bar on my work and consciously pursuing excellence. Oh, my original plan was to paint everything. This wood is too beautiful to hide, so everything I build with it will have a clear finish.
Posted by Gil Bahnsen at 4:51 PM
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
To my eye, the grab rails as built from the plans appear at risk of damage should a stronger or heavier crew member forcefully jerk on them. I think the photo shows what I mean. I have not researched any actual instances of this occurring, but since I am building my boat... I hasten to add that I very much like the work—especially how the lines were run—that this builder did. I have no reason to fault any builder for following the plans.
Posted by Gil Bahnsen at 3:02 PM
Monday, April 16, 2012
I have filled 28 9x12 inch pages with pencil drawings using my own attached digits—fingers. Today I dusted off my copy of Illustrator CS3 to see what I could do. Here is the result, a top view of my cockpit modification ideas.
Posted by Gil Bahnsen at 8:55 PM
Monday, April 9, 2012
A subtitle for this blog entry could easily be, "It's not what you know, but who." "Building around the edges" refers to what I can construct with very little money while I work to change my available resources that will enable me to lay the keel, buy epoxy and marine plywood and so forth. My tiller purchase is an example of this approach. But now I have a completed clubfoot boom waiting for finishing.
Posted by Gil Bahnsen at 8:30 PM
Monday, February 20, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
West Marine has a lovely 36½ inch laminated replacement tiller for $148—in stock. I suppose I could spend the time to build something similar, or at my local hardware store I could buy a nice 36 inch hickory axe handle for $16 instead. Even if I never end up building my boat, I can replace the handle on my old axe with this one. Good deal.
Posted by Gil Bahnsen at 8:33 PM
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
There is a little bit of a contrast in quality between these photos made with my Nikon D300 on a tripod and others in this blog made with my cell phone. Imagine that.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
A couple of birthday gifts made it possible for me to order a set of plans with DVDs. The set arrived December 27, 2011. My current circumstances are such that I dare not start purchasing lumber, but I have begun building a sailboat anyway—a working model scaled 3/4ths of an inch to 1 foot. I bought some poster board that was close to the right thickness. (It would be about 5/8ths ply. I am not matching the three thicknesses called for in the plans.) I also am NOT making a scale replica model of a Weekender sailboat to place on the mantle and collect dust. This model gives me experience following the plans, and lets me work out practicality and dimensions for my modifications. In addition I bought two artist manikins which are a scale size of six foot six and 250 pounds—about my son's size. So if they fit, he and I will, too.
I decided to build Kingsfold, but had not purchased plans yet. I began researching in earnest—builder forums, photos, videos, etc. I put my Art Minor to use as well. As I got ideas I wrote them down and sketched them; I tried them out on paper—23 pages of 12x9 inch heavyweight sketch paper so far.
Posted by Gil Bahnsen at 7:39 PM