Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Much More to Show this Time

When building a stitch and glue boat there are times when very little work result in huge transformations .  It has been a while since one of these transformations has taken place.  The last was stitching the hull panels to the keelson and bending the panels together to form the bow.  Epoxying the cockpit deck and footwell in the last post were big but the additions I have made over the weekend are huge and a lot of fun too.

Thar she is!
This weekend the upper panels, bow deck and cabin wall were stitched in place.  It is fun to see the lines and get a real feel for what the boat is going to be like.

Drill press was in the way to back up enough to get the whole boat in the shot.
View from the stern.  Builders take note... the two holes in the cockpit decking make things nice to not only mark the cleats for locating the screw holes but also allow you to reach your hand in for squeeze out clean up.  The holes will be much bigger when the holes for the hatches are cut out so there is not much concern about their neatness or exact location.

One of the foam pieces stacked in the bow section for flotation.  The whole section was filled except  for a tunnel slot left so that I will have access for installing the the bow U-bolt.  Also installed the inspection access in bulkhead 1.  This is the backside.
Installed  the inspection plate in the centerboard trunk.  One item I forgot to do before I installed the cockpit deck.  No big deal I just had to lay down on my side underneath the cockpit deck.  It was really quite comfortable.

This is a PVC pipe I picked up at Lowes.  My friends insisted that I have built in cup holders for some reason.  I will use this pipe for a mold.  Somehow I will build in a drain in the bottom that I probably run to the footwell.  I'll have to think about that one a while.

Wooden "washers" used to prevent damage to the plywood when holding down the deck for epoxy.
The little soldiers have don their job.

I found it is good to stay busy when epoxy is curing.  Here I am working on interior dead light trim.  Dead lights are portholes that don't open.  The trim is mahogany.


  1. Very nice! This part of the build was the most rewarding for me. lots of stuff coming together.


    1. Thanks Bill. Your blog is one of the ones I am constantly going back and checking along the way of my build. Reading these blogs has been one of the many fun parts of this project. It's nice to know there are others out there having as much fun as I do in a similar mode.

  2. Enjoying watching your build. I live in Georgetown, Texas so its great to see another Texan building this fine boat. I just started building Pocketship from plans so your providing plenty of insight for me. Good luck achieving your Texas 200 goal. Hope you make it. If you need a crew member let me know.

    1. Hey Jeff, Tried to reply earlier but had some computer problems...

      If you make it down to Corpus Christi let me know I'll give you a tour or a ride depending on how far along I am on the project.

      My sister lives in Georgetown and my daughter's high school basketball team was just ousted in the fourth round of the playoffs by Georgetown.

      At this point, with the progress I have made in the last 3 days, I think I can make this year's Texas 200. We will see.

      Anything you need on your build let me know while the process is fresh in my mind : )