I finally got the plans for the Hartley TS14, a 14ft sailboat. The plans took over a month to arrive from New Zealand. I'll use this thread to keep people up to date on my progress and ask questions. Search this forum and you will find other Hartleys. The most popular being the TS16.
This is my first boat build and I know nothing about sailing, so suggestions and advice are welcome.
I'm also starting a blog to keep my family up-to-date. Feel free to follow it, as it will be more detailed than this thread.
So far I've cleaned out my garage and made the strongback frame, as shown in the pic. I got a bunch of scrap 2X3 from my job for free. Not boat quality lumber by any means, but it makes a good strongback I think.
I'm going to buy lumber this week. Buying lumber has proven confusing, since I don't know much about boat building or lumber. The plans call for 6mm marine ply (9 sheets), 9mm marine ply (2 sheets), and a lot of lumber for the frames, etc. I'm thinking about building the entire boat out of CVG Doug-Fir lumber. Do you think DF would be good or would white oak be a better bet for the frames, keel and stem? The frames are glued and nailed 1x6 (with plywood gussets). The stem is 3 layers of 1x6 lumber (glued and screwed). The keel is two layers of 5/8" thick lumber.