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    For some time I've admired the Coquina builds here and thought it time to post the progress on mine.

    I purchased the plans along with the excellent photo set from Doug Hylan in 2008 however building did not start until twelve months ago and now the hull is ready for paint.

    The hog, transom and sheerstrakes are mahogany with celery top pine keel, stem and knee along with Joubert ply the spars will be hoop pine.

    Hope to splash in about a years time.

    Link to the photo set. http://www.flickr.com/photos/5005785...7627067341283/

    Mike


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    Nice work Mike! Did you have any trouble sourcing those timbers? JayInOz

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    Lovely Mike , a credit to you !
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    Nice work.. your Flickr set is topnotch too!

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    Gday Mike, at first I thought your boat was carvel planked in this photo until I read on, seriously curvaceous lines there.
    I have a small query regarding the plywood that you used, I am about six months off buying some 12mm for a Grey Seal that I'm building here in Melbourne (Aus).
    What brand and where did you purchase from, also what are your thoughts on the quality, flatness of sheets, thickness of the face veneers etc.

    Regards Andrew

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    Thanks Gentlemen the build has been a joy thanks to Dougs detailed plans and the many photos of John Brooks showing details of the many tasks. I also have Johns excellent book as a reference for this amateur builder.

    Quote Originally Posted by JayInOz View Post
    Nice work Mike! Did you have any trouble sourcing those timbers? JayInOz
    For the celery top and some huon pine I'll use on the fit out I was lucky enough to come in contact with an ex Taswegion who has a shed full and was good enough to part with some. The mahogany came at great expense from the only specialist timber yard here it's Brazilian and the stock they have is the last luckily I found a few 6 metre x 250 x 75 lengths in the pile.

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewpatrol View Post
    Gday Mike, at first I thought your boat was carvel planked in this photo until I read on, seriously curvaceous lines there.
    I have a small query regarding the plywood that you used, I am about six months off buying some 12mm for a Grey Seal that I'm building here in Melbourne (Aus).
    What brand and where did you purchase from, also what are your thoughts on the quality, flatness of sheets, thickness of the face veneers etc.

    Regards Andrew
    The Joubert ply is excellent in every respect I precoated it with tinted epoxy hence the strange colour. Talk to Andrew at Denman Marine the freight is surprisingly affordable. No connection just a happy customer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShagRock View Post
    Nice work.. your Flickr set is topnotch too!
    It is , I've just gone through it . What ply thickness are you using Mike ?
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    6mm as drawn Peter the plans also cover traditional planking at 5/16"

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    Inspiring.

    I'm sure many more of us are thinking of building a Coquina now

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    Beautiful work. Good to see more Coquinas being built. I like the selection of woods.

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    Any progress?
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    Yes, good call Sailor. What's the story Mike?
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    Not much to show it's been cold and I've been slack.

    Hull is primed but then I went on to making the spars so the shop needs a good clean out before the painting can proceed. I'll update when I've taken some more pics been a bit slack on that front to.




    The lumps of wood are now shaped and waiting for fittings. The birdsmouth main mast requires a bit more shaping with a long board as I got a bit carried away with the belt sanding method and ended up with some shallow spots.

    I've been trying to source copper nails to fasten the gaff and boom jaws they are getting very hard to find.


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    As above Mike - looks terrific!! How many copper nails and what size do you need? I have some fairly large ones but not many.
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    Most alluring bit of work and finish there! I think I may be drooling a bit.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    As above Mike - looks terrific!! How many copper nails and what size do you need? I have some fairly large ones but not many.
    Rick
    Thanks Rick, I needed 6, 8 and 10ga X 2 to 5" long. After contacting every chandler in Adelaide I discovered only one stocks them then driving all the way across town only to find they were out of stock I finally ordered some off Boatcraft even they are out of some sizes. Seems like the demand for copper nails is waning must be the dreaded poxs fault.

    Quote Originally Posted by P.L.Lenihan View Post
    Most alluring bit of work and finish there! I think I may be drooling a bit.
    Thanks Peter, you will be pleased to note I have sandpaper hands you know no skin left and I did on occasion resort to the expensive sandpaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m2c1Iw View Post
    Thanks Peter, you will be pleased to note I have sandpaper hands you know no skin left and I did on occasion resort to the expensive sandpaper.
    Oh dear Mike, good on ya but whatever you do, don't let that harvester of fush and breaker of wimmins hearts John B read about this or he'll likely begin getting those fainting spells , again.


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    Mike, are you aware of these guys on ebay?:

    http://shop.ebay.com.au/markos20767/...id=p4340.l2562
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larks View Post
    Mike, are you aware of these guys on ebay?:

    http://shop.ebay.com.au/markos20767/...id=p4340.l2562
    That seller is good , I've bought quite few screws from him ...all correct and good quality .
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    Ta for that, I found that seller after ordering off Boatcraft I only need a few so it was a toss up quantity vs cost. Still need some copper tacks so I'll give him a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reynard38 View Post
    Beautiful work. Good to see more Coquinas being built. I like the selection of woods.
    Thanks the wood (much more than the workmanship) may make the boat quite valuable in years to come as the environmental party "Greens" have been successful in passing legislation to lock up vast areas of forest in Tasmania. Meaning the local wooden boat building industry will not have ready access to the quality logs needed for the craft what is available can only increase in price.
    Celery Top Pine is one of the nicest woods to work with more like a hardwood and stable next to Huon and King Billy Pine they are the premium boat building timbers in Australia. I've used the Mahogany because you just can't beat the charm of a nice piece of well varnished Mahogany I'm still tossing up as to the thwarts they will be either Huon or Mahogany.

    Following your build with interest BTW not much hope of me catching up at the rate you are going.

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    Hull is painted





    and the spars are finished and in the process of being varnished



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    Absolutely beautiful Mike !
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    2nd that!
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    Woo Hoo! Damn, wish I was there with you jones-ing for a ride!
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    After much delay today I managed to corral some helpers to turn the hull. All went well so it's on to some more woodwork.


    Mike



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    Very ,very sweet Mike !
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    Holy Sweet Banana!!! What a delicious bit of work and finally out in the bright light of day!! Exquisite bit of work Mike.You must be very very proud. I know I would be!!


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    Wow, that's a beautiful looking thing - good job

    Could you tell me which white paint you chose for the hull, and for that matter, which clear coat?
    I'm building a lapstrake Acorn 10' with lug sail for my young son
    To keep the weight right down for car-topping I have used a cedar transom and some internal bits, and hence a more tan/cedar sheer strake - but no white paint chosen as yet

    Without pi&&ing in your pocket...that boat of yours looks awesome. It's my favourite style and colouring for small boats.

    sayla
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    Every Coquina I've seen photos of is gorgeous, clearly because the owners took the pains to properly interpret this classic lovely design. Yours is just great, good on ya. I could only hope to build one, and as nice, someday.
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    Nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterSibley View Post
    Very ,very sweet Mike !
    Thanks Peter, getting there slowly.

    Quote Originally Posted by P.L.Lenihan View Post
    Holy Sweet Banana!!! What a delicious bit of work and finally out in the bright light of day!! Exquisite bit of work Mike.You must be very very proud. I know I would be!!



    Cheers!


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    And thank you too Peter. Bright is right I instructed the Commodore on how to video the performance but some how the camera needed sunglasses the result was not good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sayla View Post
    Could you tell me which white paint you chose for the hull, and for that matter, which clear coat?
    I'm building a lapstrake Acorn 10' with lug sail for my young son
    To keep the weight right down for car-topping I have used a cedar transom and some internal bits, and hence a more tan/cedar sheer strake - but no white paint chosen as yet

    Without pi&&ing in your pocket...that boat of yours looks awesome. It's my favourite style and colouring for small boats.

    sayla
    G'day sayla,
    The paint is Norglass enamel and the varnish is Le Tonkinois, yep can't beat good old white plus I reakon it shows off the lapstrakes better than a colour. I tossed up about the wood but eventually talked myself into Mahogany and blow the expense it just looks right IMHO.

    Thanks for your comments and good luck with the build hope the stuff up fairies stay away, so far they have only visited a couple of times here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerarddm View Post
    Every Coquina I've seen photos of is gorgeous, clearly because the owners took the pains to properly interpret this classic lovely design. Yours is just great, good on ya. I could only hope to build one, and as nice, someday.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor View Post
    Nice.
    Again thanks, it is a pleasure to build as one can't help but stand back often to admire the hull form. The plans and photo set that Doug Hylan supply are so detailed I think anyone can build one with some patience.

    Cheers
    Mike

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    I got my dad Doug's plans last year for xmas.. he's still not started... I guess I might have to get him some wood for xmas this year.....
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