A year after having decided to build a glued-lapstrake boat and that it would be an Ilur I am finally getting ready to get on with it.
I must give credit to John Hartmann's fabulous thread on this Forum about his build of an Ilur in Vermont and Geoff Kerr's excellent video series on Off Center Harbor about building a Caledonia Yawl. In fact, it was Geoff Kerr's review of John Hartman's build for the WoodenBoat's 2015 Small Boat Edition that initially piqued my interest in Francois Vivier's design. Exactly a year ago I received the superbly executed plans from F. Vivier.
By way of a quick introduction, I have been sailing smaller racing dinghies and larger boats for many years but was tempted to build a wooden boat when I first glimpsed an extraordinary Ness Yawl named Goldberry, built by my friend Garth Jones. Without experience or tools I dismissed the possibility of actually building a boat. However stopping by the Chesapeake Light Craft booth at the Annapolis Sailboat Show, watching a demo S&G build and picking up a brochure got me seriously thinking again... so, I built my first boat (a Passagemaker Dinghy) in 2010/11 and subsequently built two Hybrid Kayaks, Nick Schade's Night Heron and Eric Schade's Shearwater Sport (for my wife) and finally a Petrel in a full cedar strip version.
Anyone wishing to read a bit more about why it took me a year to get going with Ilur is welcome to visit my blog which I had started when I built the PMD.
Anyway, my PMD has been sold and I have made room to commence Ilur. The kit arrived at a warehouse in Pittsburgh this Monday. It is quite amazing how compact it is. I am hoping to have it transported to my garage by this weekend.
In terms of glued lapstrake building I am obviously a total novice and expect to learn a lot by trial and error as much as by shared experience from Forum members.
Anticipation is a sweet thing!
NOTE: I tried to upload two pictures and even though I made them much smaller than their original I still get the message that it exceeds my quota. Never having uploaded anything on this Forum I am not quite sure how to fix this. For each of the two pic that quota was calculated differently so it does not even make sense.