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06-16-2014, 11:07 PM
I think I had a thread going about my boat but I don't see it anywhere so here is a new one. Started back in January and this is what has been done so far.
Should be done enough to put her in the water to see if it actually floats this weekend but the rig is going to take a while longer. She will definitely be ready next springtime.
http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p141/yaker68/IMG_5223.jpg (http://s127.photobucket.com/user/yaker68/media/IMG_5223.jpg.html)

http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p141/yaker68/IMG_5260.jpg (http://s127.photobucket.com/user/yaker68/media/IMG_5260.jpg.html)

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http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p141/yaker68/IMG_5264.jpg (http://s127.photobucket.com/user/yaker68/media/IMG_5264.jpg.html)

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06-16-2014, 11:50 PM
Nice. What's the design?

06-17-2014, 01:07 AM
love the hull color…what is it? nice work!

06-17-2014, 05:54 AM
Larks, I call the design the Merlin Yawl. Its heavily based on the Beetle NMLB and from ASSC and a peapod.
JasonD, I am using FPOE on the entire boat. The topside paint is Kirbys green/grey but isn't Kirbys green/grey, sheer is an off the shelf grey, mist grey I think.

06-17-2014, 06:02 AM
Very nice indeed Arko! I like the hull colour as well.

Could I ask you how you intend to keep the fore and aft hatches on from on deck ?

Mike Erkkinen
06-17-2014, 06:06 AM
That's a beauty, what's the rig? Yawl? Balanced lug? Tabernacle should make stepping easy.

06-17-2014, 08:37 AM
Sweet! Pics of the design / plans, please?

06-17-2014, 04:05 PM
Peter, the hatches, or hatch covers, will be hinged and have a locking mechanism. There will be a gasket on the base you see in the pics and on the bottom side of the cover so sort of a double gasket. The hatch covers are arched or cambered the same as the decks and are made of mahogany like almost everything else in the boat. it should work pretty good. Looks good on paper anyway.
Mike, she is a gaff yawl and carries 102 sq ft in the gaff main and 20 in the lug mizzen. While not technically a true yawl it does have the mizzen mast very, very far aft which may require a boomkin, well see, again, it looks ok on paper. I wanted the tabernacle to hopefully aid in single handed rigging and launching. The main mast is hollow though and doesn't weigh that much to start with. Yes, its solid where it needs to be.
http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p141/yaker68/IMG_4722.jpg (http://s127.photobucket.com/user/yaker68/media/IMG_4722.jpg.html)

http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p141/yaker68/IMG_4718.jpg (http://s127.photobucket.com/user/yaker68/media/IMG_4718.jpg.html)
http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p141/yaker68/IMG_4716.jpg (http://s127.photobucket.com/user/yaker68/media/IMG_4716.jpg.html)

Still lots of work to do. Im still playing with a quadrant steering system or may just go with a push/pull either of which will deal with having the mizzen mast in the way.
Just in case someone wants to know, the particulars are. planking is 9mm ply(yes it took some extreme bends just fine. Keel is 2'thck ply laminate. Stem and stern post and centerboard cap and ends are Angelique. Floors are 12mm ply. Frames, inwales and the double outwales, breasthooks, thwarts and benches, all knees, hatch frames and covers are Honduras mahogany. Floorboards are sassafras. All spars are old growth CVG doug fir. I had all Sitka spruce waiting to be turned into all of those spars but my wifes crazy uncle found it and used it ALL to make some shelving framing for his new outbuilding!!!!!!!!! All of my Sitka AND two sheets of my ply.

06-17-2014, 04:41 PM
http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p141/yaker68/IMG_4716.jpg (http://s127.photobucket.com/user/yaker68/media/IMG_4716.jpg.html)


Arko, those lines look very similar to my Selway Fisher JIM.

06-17-2014, 06:53 PM
Very nice Y>

06-17-2014, 07:27 PM

06-23-2014, 04:49 PM
So I launched FALCO Sunday afternoon sans rig just to make sure she actually floated and to check the waterline. She needs all of the 300lbs of ballast that was estimated it would need, maybe a little more. This design was drawn for me by Kees Prins and he drew some very nice plans, including the amount of ballast.
I coated the bottom with epoxy from progressive epoxy polymers. Its a water thin formula into that was mixed a super super fine copper powder and it looks awesome and will look even better after I sand it down and final coat with some clear. Should look like a new penny.
http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p141/yaker68/059.jpg (http://s127.photobucket.com/user/yaker68/media/059.jpg.html)

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11-03-2014, 05:08 PM
Just found this thread. Beautiful build of a lovely design, Arko.
I like the gaff yawl rig for her. Can't wait to see her under sail!


Harvey Golden
11-03-2014, 05:43 PM
Beautiful boat, Arko! Looks very seaworthy. I dig the copper bottom!

11-03-2014, 06:11 PM
I thought that boat shop, and boat looked familiar! I saw it out at CBMM a few weeks ago when we were there. She's a beauty. Picture worthy.



boat fan
11-03-2014, 06:35 PM
Lovely boat.

Nice custom color too.

Love your work space.

Fine work Arko !

11-03-2014, 10:26 PM
I really love the color. Is it a custom color or is it Kirby's Grey/Green? I've seen two different contradictory answers.

11-04-2014, 12:07 AM
Falco, Harvey, timo, boatfan and doswell, I had forgotten about this thread so its funny to all of a sudden have all of these replies. Sorry for not answering sooner. Thanks for all of the kind words and compliments. FALCO is also the name of my boat. The design is the Merlin Yawl, ,merlin, as in the falcon not the magician, whos scientific name is falco columbarius so I thought FALCO would be a good name. It is a new design that I had the great fortune to work with Kees Prins on. I really like Kees's design style and he really knows what he is doing. I really learned a lot from Kees. My design was also featured in the latest issue of Boat Design Quarterly, check it out.
I cant wait to see her under sail too, with me under the sails which are being made as we speak. I went with Marblehead 5.5 oz Egyptian cream cloth. They should be nice sails if they come out right. The guy at Challenge sailcloth was super nice and sold me the cloth.
Harvey, its great to have you here. Thanks for checking out my little boat. I really like the copper bottom too. Epoxy and super fine coper powder. I hope it holds up well. Ive been experimenting with the same copper powder in varnish, looks crazy good.
Timo, I wish I had run into you at the museum, would have been great to have met you. I really love your little stick up sharpie
The colors on the boat are Kirbys green/grey on the hull BUT the actual paint is Fine Paints of Europe's Hollandlac mixed to that color and I think the guy who mixed it nailed the color. That is some fine paint, expensive as all get out but covers like nothing else.
I am currently trying to work out all of the rigging details and form a plan and being a complete novice where sailboats are concerned, it is a very slow, but very fun, process, a learning experience too. If anyone has suggestions I am open to all advice.
Thanks everyone.