First off, thanks for all the knowledge so far!
I have been reading the forum for years, if this forum didn't exist I don't think I would be doing what I am right now. So thanks!
By following Concordia Yawl #26 Restoration, Lofting the Brewer Cat Boat, Building the Maid, (just to name a few, there are so many) I have learned a ton and been very inspired to just go for it.
Since you all are unknowingly a large influence in this project I figured it's only fair I share the journey with you.
Our story reads like a bad joke
A French ex-pat, a dyed in the wool New England-er and a Norwegian wolf dog are building a wooden boat....
We are two guys in our early 30's and have decided to build an Ingrid from scratch. We felled the trees this past winter, borrowed a sawmill, turned the logs into boards, built a ramshackle boat shed, a lofting floor and now we're ready to start.
My name is Steve, I am the builder and dyed in the wool New England-er. Alix is the French ex-pat, my helping hand and is making a running video documentary of the build. You can find that here www.acorntoarabella.com
I plan to post here with much more detail about the actual construction than will go into the videos. As well as ask questions when I have them, and boy o boy will I have questions!
We were ready to start just over a month ago but "The Man" stopped by and wanted to know where our building permit was. Whoops!
Long story short we had to take down and move the boat shed, get site plans, signatures from the Conservation Commission..... So if you saw a post titled "Sourcing for 12,000lbs of lead" a little while back and wondered what ever came of that guy you now know. Tied up in red tape. We have found some lead but are still in need of much more if you know where we can find some. =)
Now that we are all permitted and legal we are ready to begin! Lofting begins this weekend, the lofting floor just needs another coat of paint which will happen tomorrow.
I have never built a boat before so any advice from the folks who have would be much appreciated.
I own, have read, and understood "Details of Classic Boat Construction" by Larry Pardey, "How to Build a Wooden Boat" by Bud McIntosh, "Lofting" by Allan Vaitses, and "Building Small Boats" by Greg Rossel. As well as information gleaned from this and other forums. I also know my way around a wood shop well enough.
We are building an Atkin Ingrid and we desire to build her as close to the way she was built in 1934 when the lines were drawn. We will use silicon bronze fasteners and make other upgrades where it makes sense but in general we want to build her as planned.
I think that's about enough info to begin. I will be posting more soon I am sure.
My Grandpa and the old Massey Ferguson, a Beer and White Pine, A hunk of Future Keel Timber, The Ramshackle Boat Shed