View Full Version : Progress on Oughtred Yawl

11-26-2003, 07:41 PM
Slow but sure, I've been working on this Grey Seal. Iain redrew the sail plan as a yawl per my request. The only change I made was to extend the cabin to under the main mast. http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid90/pa613d2a151e7824b88273f094049543c/fa754359.jpg

The deck is caulked and the cabin sides are in place. I want to minimally finish the insides as I'm getting impatient to launch.

Two more views smile.gif


It's a small world, and the Forum is quite a tool for us neophyte builders. Don't discourage newbees. I'm a newbee, this is my first try at boat building. I've been in contact with Emiliano, and his Grey Seal is coming along beautifully. To the regular contributors of the WBF thanks for all the help and opinions, humble or strong.

M ;)

John Shin
11-26-2003, 08:07 PM
I see why you are eager to launch - that's a great looking boat.

11-26-2003, 08:13 PM

Don Olney
11-26-2003, 08:13 PM
Beautiful boat and nice work too! Keep the photos coming!

11-26-2003, 08:17 PM
smile.gif Looking good.Keep up the good work.

11-26-2003, 08:28 PM
Looks awesome, Mike. I like the larger cabin, too. Can I ask what the headroom is inside?

11-26-2003, 08:39 PM
Thanks for the kind words.

Right now there is plenty of head room. After the cabintop is installed there will be plenty of headroom, while seated. Standing headroom will be limited to persons less than 4'4" tall, for all others, "watch your head when getting up from a seated position"!


Howard Sharp
11-26-2003, 09:42 PM
That's very nice! I've seen promises of this fabled Gray Seal yawl for years. Looks great, and I think the lengthened house looks better than the original. How did you do the cap on the interior bulkhead? Is it steamed or laminated? Did you rout a groove, or does it just sit on the edge?

Howard Sharp

11-26-2003, 09:56 PM
Nice job Mike! She looks like a capable cruiser and a lot of fun.

11-26-2003, 10:05 PM
The cap on the bulkheads are made of ash and purpleheart laminations. I glued them on a jig that matched the bulkhead and cabin top beam curvatures. I had to use thin laminations and lotsa clamps to make it work. A number of tries were discarded because of some spring back with the curve.


11-26-2003, 10:39 PM
That is a sweet, sweet shape.

11-26-2003, 10:46 PM
Thanks, but I just build it. Mr. Oughtred needs to get all the credit for the sweet shape. I marvel at how one can draw in 2D and visualise in 3D. The blueprints are also works of art.

Here is a picture of glueing the lamination to a bulkhead.

The darker color wood is the purpleheart. I happened to have some left over from making the centerboard.


John Blazy
11-26-2003, 10:47 PM
Give us some closeup shots! I can definitely bond with you on minimal finishing in hopes to get it wet. My boat is half decked, and only one coat of cheap varnish, but I sure loved using it this past fall instead of watching the weather laugh at me!

Excellent job - big undertaking for a newbie.

J. Dillon
11-26-2003, 10:51 PM
Looks great. :D


11-27-2003, 12:04 AM

11-27-2003, 12:14 AM
Originally posted by MikeP:
The cap on the bulkheads are made of ash and purpleheart laminations. Man, I used purpleheart for seats for a kayak and the wood was freakin hard; how'd you get it to bend?

Loverly indeed! smile.gif

11-27-2003, 01:18 AM
Very pretty Grey Seal. I can hardly wait to see her rigged and in the water.

ken mcclure
11-27-2003, 09:05 AM
I've bent a bit of purpleheart - does fine as long as there's little or no grain runout and the piece is thin enough.

How are you installing the main mast? Tabernacle on the coach roof or are you running it through to the keel?

11-27-2003, 09:55 AM
I plan to use a tabernackle on the cabin roof. That may be the last fitting I put on the boat in the current "boatshop" unless I make the garage door taller! I have the compression post made fpr installation from the mast step on the keelson to the cabin top beam under the mast. Classic Marine in UK has a Grey Seal tabernackle casting but I have not seen a picture or a drawing of it.


ken mcclure
11-27-2003, 10:04 AM

Great job! I'm stalled in the midst of the process of building Eun Mara, and have contemplated a longer cabin. Haven't had the intestinal fortitude so far to seriously think about major changes to the plan, though.

I did, however, find a source for the lead I'll need to cast the keel.

Cecil Borel
11-27-2003, 10:37 AM
Mike: She's really looking nice. Hope you can come over and give me some advice on finishing my interior when the time comes.

11-27-2003, 05:03 PM
Hi Mike !! she's wonderful !! I like the cabin very much !! I have sent you the other week a mail with a page of "classic marine" they have fittings for the Grey Seal... and asking about the dimensions of the strip that covers the edge of the deck... have you received ?? well congratulations !! I have downloaded your images !!

cheers !

11-27-2003, 05:36 PM
Hi Emilaino,
Got your e-mail. I checked the bluprints and there is detail of the rubrail near the chainplates on page 11. The size of the rail before shaping is 1 1/4" by 1 inch thick. There is no mention of the rub rail in the notes to builder. I would position the rub rail on the hull after the deck is finished as it also protects the edge of the deck as well as the side of the boat. Your Seal looks superb, you have made a lot of progress.


11-27-2003, 07:25 PM
Beautiful job! Goes to show you how well a determined and skillful amateur can do!

Heck my eyes are watering, she looks so salty ;)


imported_Steven Bauer
07-28-2004, 08:36 PM
Hey Mike, where'd you go at the show Friday? I saw you talking to Norm and I looked over your shoulders to see your pictures but when I looked for you to talk about your project I couldn't find you. :(
The pics on this thread are 8 months old now - have you been making progress this whole time?
She sure is a beauty! :D
Fill us in!


07-29-2004, 12:39 AM

Very Pretty Grey Seal. I really like your longer cabin. I can hardly wait for your pictures of her under sail. Outstanding.

Jim McGee

07-29-2004, 12:41 PM
uhmm no drooling graemlins :D
verry nice

Phil Young
08-03-2004, 09:55 PM
Mike, looks great. I've seen one over here with the mast tabernackle set quite high-above the boom. It means you can drop the mast with the boom and gaff in place and the sail furled. Probably saves a couple of hours at the launching ramp. Fantastic idea if you are trailering, because otherwise the rigging and derigging could become a significant obstacle to getting out sailing. Beautiful boat. Love to see mor erecent pics.

08-03-2004, 11:55 PM
Looks great, Mike. I'm tempted to tell you throw a sheet of smoked Lexan on the coachroof and go sailing!

Art Read
08-06-2004, 12:26 AM
Wow! How'd I miss this first time around? Beautiful work! Sailing pics yet?

Wild Dingo
08-06-2004, 10:20 AM
Preciesley what Art said... sometimes we seem to wander around here with our eyes wide shut :rolleyes:

Well done Mike :cool: ... been awhile now so hows she sail??

PICS!!!!! Please? :cool:

Art Read
11-13-2005, 03:11 PM
"...as I'm getting impatient to launch..."

What an elegant understatement. And what an amazingly ambitious last effort... :(

In memorium (http://www.woodenboat-ubb.com/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=3;t=002363)

[ 11-13-2005, 03:13 PM: Message edited by: Art Read ]

Peter Malcolm Jardine
11-13-2005, 06:53 PM
A young man too. I hope the boat is completed. :(

11-18-2005, 02:04 PM
I only read this posting today, and had sent off an excited response to seeing Mike's first posting of the yawl sail-plan drawings before seeing the link to a thread announcing his death.

It is strange and sad to make a man's acquaintance, and respond to his skill and enthusiasm, without knowing that he's no longer alive.

[ 11-18-2005, 02:23 PM: Message edited by: ken.bryant ]