Newbie wannabe boat builder has almost taken the plunge to build a caledonia yawl.
I was always fascinated by wooden boats and have some sailing as well as wood working experience. My basement shop has almost all the needed machinery (router, table saw, thickness planer, jointer, bandsaw, jig saw and so on) and the actual building space would be a pretty oversized two car garage. My plan is to make the pieces in the basement where the machinery is, and put everything together in garage. Fortunately I have straight stairs from the basement into the garage, which will make things much easier.
I am thinking about this project since over a year now, in the meanwhile I have read two books about boat building (one was from Iain Oughtred), and lately I saw the videos on Off Center Harbor with Geoff Kerr building a Caledonia Yawl. Finally in a weak moment last Monday I ordered the plans for a Caledonia yawl II from WoodenBoat Magazine, unfortunately they were not in stock so I am still waiting. However, the last decision is still pending, so maybe somebody can get a set of unused plans for a good price in the near future.
For me time is (still) crucial, because that's what I actually not have. Not that I want to finish the boat in a couple of weeks, but I wanna finish it in a reasonable amount of time, actually it should not end as an endless project. Sure, the journey is the destination (and also the fascination), but I also want to get on the water. In the videos from Off Center Harbor they are building the boat using a (more or less) hull kit from Hewes & Company. This kit is not really inexpensive but I would assume it can save some time and might prevent some mistakes.
Anyhow, I will wait for the plans to arrive, and in the meanwhile discuss with my wife the occupation of one half of the garage by most likely two years.
Any experience out there with this kit Hewes&Company?
And there is a "boat" project in my basement that needs to be finished first, see attached picture.