Folks, I have been waiting to express my excitement about my recent hankering for building a traditional small boat, all tree wood, no epoxy. I want something salty, a row and sail boat, one that I could bring a small family on to safely explore an island, and row and sail alone or with a friend. Moreover, I very much need a change. I have built a lot of boats in my short career this far but they have ALL been with plywood, epoxy, or laminated/cold molded construction.
I WANT TO BUILD SOMETHING THE OLD WAY.
I have long been reading Culler's work and have dug back into his material. In fact, today I ordered plans today for Otter and for the Concordia Sloopboat. I also am looking at my dory design, the Deblois Street Dory, with new eyes, think of using all wood there. But in fact, I think my dory would be best with a ply garboard and epoxy to glue up a bottom.
Here is a little about my dory:
But in fact, I think my dory would be best with a ply garboard and epoxy to glue up a bottom. So, I want saltier, and more traditional.
So, the Concordia Sloopboat has been haunting me a lot.
Here is a Blog post by Doryman:
Waldo Howland wrote a piece about the boat that is quite lovely. I am gathering a bunch of info from the Landing School where a number of Sloopboats, mainly the larger one (Buzzards Bay Sloopboat by Culler) were built.
So, that is where I am at. Still open to more designs.
But the trick here is that the experience of building the boat is as important as the boat itself. I do want something that I can take my kids out in and I do want something that can be rowed for auxiliary power, but mainly a sailboat. I need it to fit in my 15x21' building space as well! Most importantly, I want to be a purist about the project, maybe, for the sake of learning. That being said, I don't think I want red lead around my shop with kids at home, and I have not decided how I will store the boat. I am seriously considering a small slip, but the finances may not allow it which would mean she'd be a trailer boat. I am not averse to using epoxy if I have to, say, in scarf joints. But I would like to build something the way Culler would do it. As he used to say, "the old ways work".