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    Default Building a Hybrid Moonfish

    Our summer vacation fleet needs something that sails to complement the outboards, canoes and kayaks already on hand. So Iíve started building a Bateau.com MF14 Moonfish. The Moonfish is a tape-and-glue small plywood sailboat, similar to a Sunfish. The objective is to have her ready by this time next year.


    Sheíll be joining a fleet that features cedar strip-plank boats. Thatís where the ďhybridĒ comes in. Instead of ply, this Moonfish will have cedar strip topsides and deck. Iíll be using versions of the strip building techniques described by Schade, Folsom and others for kayaks and canoes. Topsides and deck will be finished bright.


    A few prior Moonfish builds have been well documented online here:
    https://forums.bateau2.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=20214


    Here:
    https://forums.bateau2.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=58206
    http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...sh-Build-in-UK


    And thereís another underway here:
    https://forums.bateau2.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=62869


    Iím indebted to those builders for pre-answering many of my questions and offering lots of good ideas. Now I get to make my own mistakes, of which Iím sure there will be quite a few.


    My sole prior experience in boatbuilding was a stitch-and-glue rowboat about 20 years ago. Iíve been planning this build since January, waiting for the weather to warm up and my daughter to get her stuff out of our garage. Thatís given me plenty of time to overthink everything. This certainly wonít be the fastest or most economical way to build a Moonfish. But itíll be fun! So here we go Ö

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    Default Re: Building a Hybrid Moonfish

    Bateau.com offers a CNC-cut kit for all the plywood pieces, but I couldn’t see ordering the kit only to throw a considerable portion away. So I’ll be cutting the plywood myself. The experience is good for me, right?


    There’s a boat in here somewhere:
    003 Half-inch ready to cut.jpg

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    Default Re: Building a Hybrid Moonfish

    Hey, look, I found a transom!

    006 Transom.jpg

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    Default Re: Building a Hybrid Moonfish

    Quote Originally Posted by Chenier View Post
    Hey, look, I found a transom!

    006 Transom.jpg
    thanks for sharing, sun fish are awesome.

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