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    A year ago I got the idea to build my own sailboat. Since I had never built one before I figured I'd start with a dinghy. Fortunately the home I was renting had a basement full of tools that my landlord gratiously allowed me to use. I built the 7' 10" Acorn dinghy in the basement of that house. It helped me learn some basics and gave me the incentive to move on to my current project.
    First thing I needed to do was locate suitable building space. After all, whoever heard of building a large sailboat in your basement? I was extremely fortunate to locate an empty boat shop right in Blue Hill, ME where I was living. It had been used to build one custom boat and was sitting empty. Even better, the landlord permitted me to modiy it as I saw fit so I turned the loft into an apartment. Though the expense was all mine, I'm saving money by not having to rent the house I had been living in. As an added bonus, living with the boat allows me to work on it anytime I have a few extra minutes. The attached pictures below show the shop's original confuration and how I added the apartment:








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    And some more:





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    That's an awesome start.Good luck.
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    Those pictures are from this past summer, and though I don't have more pictures of the completed set-up, you get the idea.
    I searched the web for quite a while before finally deciding on a design. I've owned 3 sailboats in the past and from experience knew that I wanted a full keel, heavy displacement boat. Being a fan of Larry and Lin Pardey's books and videos, I was also looking for a design similar in spitit to their Lyle Hess designed boats. However, I also knew I didn't want to go traditional carvel planking, preferring a cold-molded hull. After much study, I opted to go with Mark Smaalder's Kahuna design. To this point Mark has been great to work with and more than willing to make changes in the design to fit my needs. He's also readily available when I have the inevitable questions a novice like my myself has.

    LOA 32' - 4"
    LWL 28' - 9"
    BEAM 10' - 7"
    DRAFT 4' - 6"
    DISP 15,500 lbs
    BALLAST 6000 lbs
    D/L 291
    SAIL AREA:
    Gaff 624 sq. ft. (working) 722 sq. ft. (total)
    Berm. 603 sq. ft. (working) 667 sq. ft. (total)
    TANKAGE:
    Water 100 gal
    Fuel 80 gal



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    After spending the Fall sending preliminary drawings back and forth, I finally received the construction plans from Mark and starting lofting in December. It's all new to me but I was glad for those 3 years of mechanical drawing class all those years ago in high school.



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    Lofting:




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    And January 1rst, I finally started cutting wood! First I had to scarf some plywood for bulkheads that will act as frames. My first attempt I used a router and make a step joint. I thought it would be easier than the more tradional angled scarf joint however it proved not to be as strong. The one I completed is of 1/2" marine fir and will eventually be sandwiched between to 1/8" layers of teak. these outer layers will cover the scarf joint making it stronger. I've since learned to scarf using 1:8 pitch and have made the remaining bulkheads that way; first by hand plane, then taking the plunge and purchasing an electric plane which makes it so much easier.





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    You are doing what many here dream of. Thanks for sharing!

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    To Pick-up the patterns from the lofting floor, I used some nail tips that I had cut from 8-penny finish nails. I drilled holes for the nails along the drawing lines, then laid the plywood on top of the nails. After dancing a little jig on top of the plywood, the design was transferred and ready for cutting out.








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    So now I have some bulkeads. Next will be the tempory frames at the remaining stations. I'll attempt to keep this updated as I make further progress over the next few years





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    Awesome start! I really (really) hope that you keep posting pictures of your progess, they are so nice to soak up.

    And I am very envious of your shop/apartment arrangement. If I ever move back to a land-life, I would want it to be in a place like that.

    Are you planning on building her with a gaff or bermudian rig? I see you have the gaff sailplan on your shop wall there...

    ...of course, decisions like those are not eminent for a while
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    Quote Originally Posted by seayou7 View Post
    You are doing what many here dream of. Thanks for sharing!
    he said what I was thinking...

    wow, keep us posted.

    LOVE the building site...incredible.

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    Very cool, Scott. Are visitors welcome? We'll be in the area for the Small Reach Regatta in July. It would be neat to stop in and check out your progress. Great looking design, just like Cecil's.


    Steven

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    Quote Originally Posted by bott View Post
    Are you planning on building her with a gaff or bermudian rig? I see you have the gaff sailplan on your shop wall there...

    ...of course, decisions like those are not eminent for a while
    Hi Bott, I really like the look of the Gaff Rig but will be building it Bermudan. I've never sailed a gaff rig and almost always solo-sail so I'll go with what I'm accustomed to.

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    Scott,

    Welcome to the Forum.

    What an awesome way to start here with such a detailed and inspiring thread.

    I think threads like this are the best part of the Forum.

    Please keep posting as often as you can so we can keep up with your progress.

    Rufus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StevenBauer View Post
    Very cool, Scott. Are visitors welcome? We'll be in the area for the Small Reach Regatta in July. It would be neat to stop in and check out your progress. Great looking design, just like Cecil's.
    Steven
    Hi Steve, sure, visitors are welcome. I just hope I'll have something worth looking at come July!
    I've only very recently come across Cecil's posting and pictures on here. He's doing great work, using some modern techniques and materials. It'll be interesting to compare the two once I get further along.

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    I approve of your Supervisor as well.



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    Quote Originally Posted by rufustr View Post
    Scott,
    Welcome to the Forum.
    What an awesome way to start here with such a detailed and inspiring thread.
    I think threads like this are the best part of the Forum.
    Please keep posting as often as you can so we can keep up with your progress.
    Rufus.
    Hi Rufus. I agree. I've spent many hours scanning this site for pictures and building information. It's a great resource. I'm a little intimidated posting my own on here since I'm a rank novice. Just thought other beginners may be motivated to get started also.

    By the way, the desinger, Mark Smaalders, recently had the oportunity to sail on a Kahuna built in Gosford, Austrailia. Here's a link to his blog about that trip: http://smaaldersyachtdesigns.blogspot.com/

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    Thanks for the link, wonderful photos.

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    Scott, we all dream of a setup like you have, I'll be following closely.
    Here's another way to transfer your lines to your stock instead of the cutoff nails, per Jim Ledger in his "Lofting the Brewer catboat" thread.
    http://www.woodenboat.com/forum/show...&postcount=170
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    That's a great start to what will surely be a great thread.

    Your trick with the nails for marking the cut lines is pretty neat. Some of the old timers on here have made it even easier, though. They use the heads of flat head nails to do what you've done with the nail points. It's a little tough to explain but I'll try to find a picture of it and link it here.

    Sorry I missed ChrisBen's link to Jim Ledger's method. That particular picture left me confused but someone else had a picture that made it clearer. What Jim has done in the photo is position the heads of the nails on the lines and tapped them in a little bit so they stay in place. He then lays his material on top of the series of nails and beats it down or walks on it as you did. The sharp edges of the nail heads leave slightly linear marks that represent the cut line when faired.
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    Really nice work, great progress.

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    Nice work....love the barn...er workshop.....keep us posted with the progress.
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    ummmmm....can you say shop envy!!!?
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    Nice work on the lofting and molds. You couldn't ask for better working conditions, the shop's just great. I'm looking forward to seeing the progress.

    Good luck.

    Jim

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    Don't know if that's what you had in mind middleagesman but that's how I did it. By the way scottmacc, great boat and nice job. This is one of the boats I considered building. Cool.

    JPaes


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    Absolute paradise! I take my hat off to you sir.
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    Scott: what a great post. thanks. You are really doing it! Please keep us up to date.

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    Can I move in too?

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    Looks like you are off to a great start! I love the shop.

    I have also began working on a Mark Smaalders design, his North Sea 29. Like you I began a couple of weeks ago. I own a cabinet shop and I live above it. You are correct that you can work on the boat any time you have spare time. We will have to compare notes as work progresses. Good luck and have fun

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    If I had that set-up I'd never leave except to take the dog out.

    I have to caution you, though, that a survey of WoodenBoat magazine shop pictures shows Labrador Retrievers outnumber other breeds two to one. You are on your own with that cute little Brittany.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jp4sail View Post
    Don't know if that's what you had in mind middleagesman but that's how I did it. By the way scottmacc, great boat and nice job. This is one of the boats I considered building. Cool.

    JPaes

    That's EXACTLY what I had in mind. Ledger is using the same technique but I couldn't figure it out until I saw it from a different angle, with the lofting lines clearly visible.
    Goat Island Skiff and Simmons Sea Skiff construction photos here:

    http://s176.photobucket.com/albums/w...esMan/?start=0

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    Great start! Beautiful set up, really just stunning. Welcome to the forum, and I agree about your boss's obvious competence. What a great face and noggin he has!

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    The only thing wrong with your shop is that it does not contain enough dirt, dust and chaos.

    I can fix you right up with those.

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    He even has plenty of natural light! This is entirely unfair!

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