This is my first new build, although I've owned a 1966 30' CC Sea Skiff in the past. I bought her in pretty bad shape but in 'somewhat' seaworthy condition, used and worked on her over the course of 6 or so years, and finally sold her due to life maybe 8 years ago.
Since then my wife and I built our own house and a nice big shop, the lack of a shop was my only gripe with the old boat. The largest bay in my shop is 42' x 20', sized to fit my next boat, intended to be a 32' or larger Chris, another Day Cruiser model, my idea of the perfect fishing boat for Lake Erie. What can I say, stick with what works.
The house was very near completion and the shop just needed cleaning up, so I found myself searching online for my next project. My search eventually landed me on this forum about a year ago. I was in no hurry, still work to do on the home, so I continued looking around the area and on the web for the right boat, as time allowed.
I also continued reading this forum. I've never claimed that I wasn't at least a tiny bit nutty, but the lot of you are partially blamed/credited with this latest affliction of mine.
I spent a few months re-working the small side of my shop for woodworking / boat building in order to try my hand at building from scratch. The 14' x 24' attached bay of this area seemed just about right for construction of Weston Farmers Kingfisher.
2 problems - I don't really know what I'm doing and I'm not sure of the right construction technique for a lapstrake trailer boat. I like the idea of a traditional build, but the benefits of the epoxy glued lap is appealing. So traditional riveted with solid wood, Plywood and rivets with caulked laps like my old Chris, or epoxy glued lap? I'm not soliciting opinions on this; I've read the various opinions from builders here already without deciding the best way forward.
Solution - start simple and small with a well documented project; try the different techniques for myself; experiment. I can't do models; I just plain don't like fiddling with little pieces of anything (well maybe gold). I've done the 60's 'Chris style' lap glued with the '5200 like' Thiokol, so I need to learn a bit about traditional solid wood lap and epoxy glued ply lap.
The plan - 1st: 17' epoxy glued lapstrake canoe, 2nd: 16-18' Mantinicus Dbl Ender traditional (not sure, I donít have the plans for this one), and finally make the call on a Kingfisher or something similar but maybe a bit bigger, I can probably go up to no more than 20' in the space available.
I know thatís a lot of work over a long time, but step 1; build that canoe and see if this boat building business is for me. Iím about 3 weeks in, working in my spare time and I can tell you it just might be, youíve already read my description of this as an affliction above. The big cruiser Iíve been thinking about for years will have to wait until this thing runs its course.
So thatís the introduction, on with it then.
1. 17í Lapstrake Double Canoe, Double paddle, by Walter Simmons.
2. Build in my home shop - small town in Northern Ohio Ė about 15 miles from Lake Erie, 50 miles east of Toledo.
3. The lofting, molds, plank keel, stems, cutwaters, setup, lining off done.
4. Picking up planking material tomorrow, weather permitting, likely start planking some this weekend.
Iím Vernon just like the screen name says, I got pictures.