View Full Version : Introducing myself and the boat
08-30-2009, 03:11 AM
I own a Norwegian "gavlebaat" built in 1937 as a fishing smack, and in "recent" years converted to a "yacht", if that is the right term. I´ve owned her since 2002, and we are now under major repair and reconstruction.
She is currently on the water, but without some of the hull planking :eek:
I am going to change the deck this winter, as well as reconstructing a working gaff rig. Her interior is far better looking than her exterior.
Anyway, I thought I'd post some of the work here, and maybe get some inputs along the way.
I am looking forward to the winter, and building time !
Here is a pic, and for those of you norwegians who recognise the yard, pm me if you like. :-)
08-30-2009, 11:51 AM
That's a tease. We need more pictures than that! It looks like quite a project
08-31-2009, 03:38 PM
It is indeed quite a project :-)
I will post some more pictures along the way, allthough I think quite a few of them will be of miscellaneous rotten wood.
I will also try to get some good pic's of how NOT to build a deck using plywood.
I will add a keel of some sorts under the oak keel ( there is inboard ballast at the time) , so that will be a challenge, both to figure out and to do. I guess I will calculate on half inboard and half in the keel.
You've seen the missing boards, I'm gessing there's three full lenghts on both sides, as well as the aft cabin sides being just a bit rotten here and there.
Deck; everybody who hangs around means all kinds of stuff about pine, oak, mahogany, teak and bog knows what.
I am contemplating two layers of 12mm ( 1/2") marine plywood of B grade, epoxy and a special rubber "paint" about 10mm thick.
Aparently the stuff (tm) is used to cover floors in certain industries, and is supposed to be both dampening, flexible, waterproof and the Solution To All My Problems...
I will post a drawing of the rig, as it is intended, well aware that some things need modification, some things are probably not optimal, and some others may be done easier.
I have a mast at the time, old but probably good.
I am constantly being told that making my own sails is the worst idea ever, so I'll consider doing that.
More to come !
09-02-2009, 07:16 AM
I had a much smaller gavlebåt I was planning on rigging to sail years ago. Only 23 ft, so it was a much easier project. That one wouldn't even have needed much extra keel at all because they are relatively deep, long keeled boats by design.
Unfortunately for that project, I came across some old sq.meters that were begging for my care and went for those instead. Sold the gavle about 25 years ago. But they are sea GREAT boats.
We have one of about 28-30 ft with a full gaff rig in the coastal association here. Sails well.
01-24-2011, 05:30 AM
Ahh, time flies. Our house caught fire one year ago, and since that little or nothing has been done on the boat.
Well not entirely; all the rotten wood on Port side has been renewed, five heights of planking and quite a few ribs. Deck is of, engine overhauled and stored.
I am going to rebuild the cabin as well, but motivation and finances are way down in the bilge.
Serious thoughts occur of abandoning the project; I guess I'll have to if the house situation does not improve.
01-24-2011, 08:57 AM
Welcome back aboard. Glad you've the courage to carry on.
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