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jalmberg
10-03-2009, 10:28 AM
For anyone who's interested in following the progress of a 10-thumbed, newbie boat builder, I've started blogging my build.

I'm actually done lofting the boat and am in the middle of building the forms, but my blog is lagging a bit behind. It almost takes as long to write about it, as to do it :-)

http://www.unlikelyboatbuilder.com/2009/09/boat.html

-- John

Wild Dingo
10-03-2009, 11:47 AM
MAN!!! WHOOOOOOOEEEEEEE!! John Im gonna keep this one... great writing mate and I hope as you go along with this build (and HOPEFULLY) the big build you keep writing in the same style :cool:

elf
10-03-2009, 12:00 PM
For anyone who's interested in following the progress of a 10-thumbed, newbie boat builder, I've started blogging my build.

I'm actually done lofting the boat and am in the middle of building the forms, but my blog is lagging a bit behind. It almost takes as long to write about it, as to do it :-)

http://www.unlikelyboatbuilder.com/2009/09/boat.html

-- John

A blog is an excellent opportunity to keep your log book I think. It helps you clarify your thought and understanding of what you're doing, helps others keep an eye on how you're doing and jump in to help if you need it (or if you don't;)), and a really fine way to review what you've done, and years later, what you did!

Keep it up to date. The rewards will be great.

Dave Gray
10-03-2009, 12:28 PM
John, that is a nice blog. It is well written and thought out. Might I suggest you post this in Building/Repair? You might get more interest than down here.

Good luck on your build. Take it slow. Anything you do in haste, in my experience, will either have to be done over or lived with after much agonizing.

goodbasil
10-03-2009, 01:05 PM
I agree, this should not be in the blige where it get lost in all the slimy muck.

Russ Manheimer
10-03-2009, 01:07 PM
John,

Delightful writing; bookmarked to keep up with your progress. Always liked Atkin's skiffs. Any pics to share?

Here's a link to my now four year old Blog of messing about in Sjogin (http://www.sjogin.com/). It's an enjoyable process and a chance to share your particular bit of bliss wiht the rest of the world.

Russ

oznabrag
10-03-2009, 03:14 PM
... Take it slow. Anything you do in haste, in my experience, will either have to be done over or lived with after much agonizing.

And that, in my opinion, is one of the most succinct descriptions of the craftsmanship of risk that I have ever read.

Well done!

Flying Orca
10-03-2009, 07:00 PM
I like it! I've added a link to your blog from my build blog.

dld
10-03-2009, 07:11 PM
there is a book about building it

Building the Skiff "Cabin Boy".
Clemens C. Kuhlig, Ruth E. Kuhlig
ISBN: 0877420645
http://www.bookfinder4u.com/noindex/used_book_stores.aspx?

jalmberg
10-03-2009, 07:55 PM
there is a book about building it

Building the Skiff "Cabin Boy".
Clemens C. Kuhlig, Ruth E. Kuhlig
ISBN: 0877420645
http://www.bookfinder4u.com/noindex/used_book_stores.aspx?

I have it! In fact, it's another one of the reasons I chose that boat. Great to have a guide book, although I don't think he's writing for total newbies like me.

-- John

jalmberg
10-03-2009, 07:57 PM
John,

Delightful writing; bookmarked to keep up with your progress. Always liked Atkin's skiffs. Any pics to share?

Here's a link to my now four year old Blog of messing about in Sjogin (http://www.sjogin.com/). It's an enjoyable process and a chance to share your particular bit of bliss wiht the rest of the world.

Russ

I've already found your blog, Russ... hope to be skilled enough to build a boat like Sjogin one of these days. Gotta start somewhere, though.

-- John

jalmberg
10-03-2009, 07:58 PM
John, that is a nice blog. It is well written and thought out. Might I suggest you post this in Building/Repair? You might get more interest than down here.

Good luck on your build. Take it slow. Anything you do in haste, in my experience, will either have to be done over or lived with after much agonizing.

I wasn't sure where to post it. Maybe I will post it in Building/Repair. But the Bilge doesn't seem as slimy as it's reputation. :)

Peter Kalshoven
10-03-2009, 08:36 PM
John, looking forward to following your progress. Great blog. Keep up the good work.

MiddleAgesMan
10-03-2009, 08:47 PM
I agree--you're a'building so it should go in Building-Repair. You might be able to get the admin guys to move it for you so you don't have to duplicate anything.

Great start and wonderful, warm story in your blog. I'm looking forward to more, and, when the time is right, an introduction to your muse, Helena. :)

One question, though. What is "Ruby on Rails?" :)

Flying Orca
10-03-2009, 11:32 PM
Coding technology - Ruby's a language, the rails part is a construction framework from what I recall. Mr Almberg could tell you much more, I'm an old-fashioned hand-tooled HTML kinda guy. ;)

jalmberg
10-06-2009, 01:49 PM
One question, though. What is "Ruby on Rails?" :)

I assume this was a rhetorical question, but just in case you are really interested...

Ruby is a modern programming language, and Rails is a framework that makes it easy(ier) to write web-based applications, like complicated websites.

And yes, it's as boring as it sounds. :)

Actually, I'm finding that the programming mindset is the same one you need for boat building: You need to have a plan, and be willing to redo your work when necessary.

I had all my forms/molds screwed together last night, and was just standing back to admire them, when I suddenly realized I had forgotten to mark the centerline/LWL/sheer lines on them. What I had to say isn't appropriate for an online forum.

After stalling a bit, I took the bases off each one so I could get them flat on the lofting board again, carefully marked each line, and screwed them all back together again.

You do that kind of reworking all the time in programming... there's even a fancy name for it: refactoring.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refactoring

-- John

switters
10-06-2009, 02:39 PM
Good job on the blog, hope to see the same progress on the build.

Best,

jalmberg
10-06-2009, 05:17 PM
Coding technology - Ruby's a language, the rails part is a construction framework from what I recall. Mr Almberg could tell you much more, I'm an old-fashioned hand-tooled HTML kinda guy. ;)

Nice shop! (I checked out your blog.) Makes me wonder how I'm going to build a boat in a rec room with a handful of old tools... the most useful of which I had to make myself!

Guess I'll see...

-- John

Flying Orca
10-06-2009, 06:00 PM
Having Dad's shop has made things easier, although there's a trade-off: it's an hour drive each way, which cuts down on my work time. Also I suspect he'll be happy when the boat's out of there!

jalmberg
10-07-2009, 03:25 PM
Just uploaded a new installment to my boat building blog:

http://www.unlikelyboatbuilder.com/2009/10/dinosaur-dna.html

-- John