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    Default Avila 12' garvey

    Just purchased Avila 12' Garvey Dory plans from Spira International. Been browsing his website and many others for a long time. If anyone has built this ply-on-frame boat, or another garvey from Spira, please use this thread. Advice, pics, experiences, suggestions, mods, and techniques welcome. PLEASE do not use this thread to discuss other boats.

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    Default Re: Avila 12' garvey

    Got some free time during the weekend and decided to build a model of the boat. Scale 1" = 1':

    Avila Model stronback.jpg

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    Avila plywood planking.jpg

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    Avila before paint.jpg

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    Default Re: Avila 12' garvey

    Nice model. Always a good thing to prepare the mind for the full size craft.

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    Default Re: Avila 12' garvey

    shouldn't this thread be called the Avila 12" garvey?
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Default Re: Avila 12' garvey

    Thank you Skaraborgcraft.

    What I've learned from building this model:

    1. Boatbuilding is complicated, even building a 3 dimensional "box" is a pain in the arse, and you have to always think 2-3 steps ahead to avoid disaster. I praise other builders on this site who have taken on more intricate and beautiful projects.
    2. When you start talking to yourself, it's time to take a break.
    3. Maybe I should just buy a dinghy, either way, my Wife is going to be pissed.

    Questions:

    1. Wouldn't a ladder frame be better? I assume you would benefit from a more level, stable and symmetrical platform.
    2. Could the designer have included bevel angles in the plans? I would rather cut the transom and frame parts on my table saw before assembly.
    3. Although heavier, can I build this boat with solid Transoms and plank the sides? The build may be more manageable and I could use a router for the edges. Another New Jersey native has discussed a cedar planked Gravey on this website, but could not find any plans.
    4. I know there has been countless discussions on the subject, but as a first time builder, should I used PL premium or Titebond III glue for assembly rather than epoxy. I am intimidated by epoxy (Think I am going to practice on some small pieces when I get the chance).

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