View Full Version : The Unveiling

07-07-2006, 08:04 PM
Most of us building larger boats work in sheds that aren't a lot bigger than the boat. Not a problem for building but there isn't enough room to back up and see what the whole thing actually looks like. After maybe 8000 hrs. building and more years than I want to remember, I'm tearing my shed down so the crane can lift it onto the truck for the trip to the water. Today I saw the whole thing for the first time. I'd like to introduce Alaya.


Farmer Diddley
07-07-2006, 08:12 PM
Looks great! Congratulations!

Ross M
07-07-2006, 08:16 PM
Good lord, man - you have built a ship!

Absolutely amazing.


Jay Greer
07-07-2006, 08:41 PM
I shall toast your success in building both a beautiful and proper boat with a noggin of good New England Rum!
Jay Greer

S/V Laura Ellen
07-07-2006, 08:44 PM

07-07-2006, 08:49 PM
What an accomplishment! More pictures are in order, please.

07-07-2006, 08:53 PM
Amazing!!! More photos!!!

Kim Whitmyre
07-07-2006, 09:06 PM
Ahh, the peace of accomplishment! In spades, no less! :)

Jim Goodine
07-07-2006, 09:21 PM
That is one beautiful project. Wow !!!!!

Bill R
07-07-2006, 09:35 PM
Holy Sh*t!

More pics PLEASE!

07-07-2006, 10:32 PM
Yeah, more pics, dammit -- we's jealous!

07-07-2006, 10:36 PM
Very nice indeed.

07-07-2006, 10:42 PM
Beautiful boat.

Gotta be a sweet feeling, standing way back for the first time and thinking 'Thank you God, the sheer really is fair'

Paul Scheuer
07-07-2006, 10:53 PM
... "Not a problem for building but there isn't enough room to back up and see what the whole thing actually looks like"...

Not to mention the missing photo record of the build. Looks good from here.

There should be a rule - The shed should be twice a big as the boat - (Who knows where that might lead ?)

07-07-2006, 11:04 PM
That's awesome! What an accomplishment , you should be very proud. Sweet sheer, she's beautiful.

Lew Barrett
07-07-2006, 11:08 PM
Huge accomplishment. Beautiful.

Dave Gray
07-07-2006, 11:32 PM
Like Bernini unveiling his fountain... georgeous!

07-08-2006, 07:00 AM
Holy guacamole!

Wild Dingo
07-08-2006, 08:34 AM
Flamin hell mate!! Strewth... where the blazes are all the updates? bloody nora! Talk about leavin everything till its done...

WELL DONE!! :cool: Truely legendary stuff

07-08-2006, 09:52 AM

Details! Details! Tell us a bit about her, at least what she is.

07-08-2006, 10:10 AM
She's beautiful,You've done yerself proud,may you spend many an hour enjoying the fruits of your well placed labor.

07-08-2006, 10:23 AM
Congratulations. She's beautiful! Where will you sail her?

Tar Devil
07-08-2006, 11:41 AM
Makes me feel about this big.

Man, that is one sweet boat. How dare you post only one picture!!!



Joe (SoCal)
07-08-2006, 12:36 PM
Helloooooooooooooooooo Alaya

WHOA :eek:

Oh and in case you did not her it the first time MORE PHOTOS

Tom Robb
07-08-2006, 01:07 PM
Very nice.
Don't trash that shed. You'll need it for the next one... or perhaps the tender.

07-08-2006, 06:51 PM
beeeutiful!!, as said already... what an accomplishment!! good things come to those who wait!!

07-08-2006, 07:21 PM
Holy Wooden Boat Batman!!!

Wow & congratulations seem inadequate....

07-08-2006, 07:26 PM
Damn fine cruiser...looks great...a dream boat for many.


Paul Pless
07-08-2006, 08:26 PM

07-08-2006, 08:59 PM
Dang, but that's cool!

07-08-2006, 10:05 PM
It's George Buehler's Jenny design. Basicly his Juna with a transom. The only exterior modification I made to the design was to lower the foward end of the cabin 4", which gave me 6'2" headroom under the roof beams throughout and lengthen the cabin aft 16".
LOD 37.5', LOA 44'
Construction is laminated wood/epoxy.

For those interested you can find a complete set of construction photos on the Buehler builders Yahoo overflow site here:
You'll have to join the group to get to the photo section (it's the Alaya folders) but there is no approval required so you can join, look at the pix and unjoin easily.


L.W. Baxter
07-08-2006, 11:50 PM
That's a milestone achievement, for sure. And so well done.


07-08-2006, 11:54 PM
Now that we've seen the decks and cockpit...even more impressed. You did a great job. Very well executed...


Ken Hutchins
07-09-2006, 07:49 AM
Wow, fantastic.:) :) :) :)
I certainly know the feeling of building in a cramped shed.;)

07-09-2006, 08:57 AM
Absolutely beautiful!
What did you use for a deck covering? and how did you do the nonskid to smooth detail???
I'd love to see some pics of the interior

07-09-2006, 09:14 AM
It is sooo BIG! :eek:
I'm a little afraid of it;) .

Wonderful job. love photos like this when I get up in the am and need something to read while I drink the coffee. Great job now I am off to you photo posting site for more.

07-09-2006, 09:20 AM
Holy Moly!


07-09-2006, 11:14 AM
What a wonderful job. I can only imagine how prowd you will be when Alaya is aflot. Happy launching.

07-09-2006, 01:26 PM
darn nice work from where I sit....

07-09-2006, 07:05 PM
What did you use for a deck covering? and how did you do the nonskid to smooth detail??? The boat is painted with System Three LPU over epoxy primer. The nonskid areas were taped off, rolled with a thick coat of LPU and covered with ground polycarbonate (lexan) applied with a big saltshaker. After drying, the excess lexan was vacuumed off and a sealing coat rolled on and allowed to dry. Then the areas were sanded to get just the right amount of grip without being sharp. Then one more coat of LPU to seal it all up.

07-09-2006, 10:30 PM
Just fantastic!!!


07-11-2006, 09:18 AM
You've done your whole family proud! I'll just shut up for now on, whenever I finish a little skiff or something!

07-11-2006, 10:07 AM
From one HAM to another .. GREAT JOB! and looks great also.. I hope I hear that in a few years.. 73.

07-12-2006, 07:07 PM
Just a follow up on the non-skid. With some help from a few friends, we took the bowshed frame down Sunday morning. The easiest way was to cut the ridge gussett out with a sawsall and flip each half of the bow off to the side. This left a huge amount of sawdust and dirt ground into the non-skid, a real mess. I swept it off but there was still a lot of mud and crap left. I thought I'd have to get up there with a scrub brush to get it all cleaned up. It rained Monday and Tuesday. When I climbed up there this morning to check inside for hatch and port leaks (none found) I was surprised to see perfectly clean decks. Everything washed off in the rain. This stuff may be even better than I thought.

07-13-2006, 08:18 AM
Thanks kc did you cover it with glass or dynel?

07-13-2006, 09:46 AM
Thanks kc did you cover it with glass or dynel?

The entire boat is glassed.

07-13-2006, 11:41 AM
Hi KC,
What a beautiful boat. I see on the BB3 that you made your own mast. Do you have any photos of the mast head (sheave placement, tangs,etc)? I will also be building a birdsmouth mast and have been wondering how to do the top.


Steve Lansdowne
07-14-2006, 07:05 PM
Hey, what kind of small boat can you build with all that leftover shed lumber?

07-14-2006, 07:37 PM
Not much of one. I can now report with some authority that the maximum useful lifespan of a bowshed built of pine 1X3 strapping is about 10 years. I'm not at all sure it would have made it through another winter.

Paul Pless
07-14-2006, 07:47 PM
Hey kc8pql, what are your cruising plans?

07-14-2006, 07:51 PM
Now what are you gonna do?... I have some scarfing you can help with!!
Enjoy the water!