Re: Winterhawk by Ken Swan
Just caught this thread. Don't bother looking for marine ply in KY. I have tried. I am in Georgetown finishing my Caledonia Yawl build. I had to (and was glad to) get my plywood from boulter. The only difference I would have made would have been to use okume instead of the sapelle. In the end even though I spent more than I needed to (live and learn) It will not be a large percentage of the total cost. the epoxy, lumber, hardware, sails, misc accesories and time were the larger part of the cost. BY A LOT.
What you can be blessed with is the other suitable boatbuilding lumber for everything but the mast to be found native in KY.
I have a Hedge apple rudder and centerboard. (osage orange for those outside KY). Find a tobacco barn that is falling down, (I saw a few the last time I went down to dale hollow) and get the white oak beams. (purchase them from the farmer of course) be sure to take someone who knows what white oak looks like. this is good for rails seats. makes for a stout centerboard or rudder. super hard on tools though.
Most lumber yards around here have white oak. (bourbon barrells) Be carefull most of it is green.
I found lots of sassafrass and black walnut for pretty cheap. I have used sassafrass extensivley for floor beams and side benches.
for masts. I had to buy spuce online. if you find a source when you build let me know.
Finally, it will be a bit of a drive for you but cave run lake is absolutely great for lake sailing. the valley catches the wind and the winds are quite fresh in the spring perfect for small daysailors. the cave run lake sailing association also offers sailing classes in lexington.
welcome to sailing,
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