Saturday, November 15, 2014

Boat's done! Final post.

I started this boat last April.  I had a commission from a fellow in New York.  The club in Sag Harbor NY sails a modified Euro Moth which they call an E-Dingy.  We decided on a John Shelley design.   This design came from the Mark III plans developed in 1965.     I'm very pleased the way this boat turned out. 

Off she goes.  Heading to her new home in Sag Harbor, NY.

                                    The sail is from my Vintage boat
                               The red strap is to hold the boat on the dolley
                                All the sail controls work great.
                The rudder is from a Laser and the CB is from a Sunfish.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sail controls

When I ordered the mast I specified a large bail at the base of the mast.  This was designed to take all the turning blocks for the sail controls.   I modified that just a bit for the vang control and mounted that on front of the mast with small control lines holding the blocks.  It's all together and it functions prefectly.  We have outhaul, cunnangham, and boom vang.   I need to get two blocks on the boom for the main sheet.   Other than that the boat is race ready!



Saturday, November 8, 2014


I got the mast from Dwyer.  Nice DM1   Fit right out of the box.  Now for some controls and she is a done boat!  I also had a chance to try one of my sails and got some of the controls mocked up.  Things are looking good.  The outhaul system and boom vang work great. 




Sunday, October 5, 2014

Well, not quite done

The agreement I had with the owner of this boat was to deliver a finished hull and he would finish the boat.  That job then turned into a completed boat which is what we have now.  I just received the final commission to deliver a race ready boat.  That means sourcing a mast and boom and all the other goobers that make the boat go.  This final job shouldn't take too long if I can get a mast delivered. 

Also, the customer wanted a white Dagger board!  I removed the black paint from the sunfish blade and underneath  was a white board!  Now we have matching blades!

Friday, October 3, 2014

This boat is done!

I finished up all the little odds and ends on the boat.  We have 4 inspection plates.  One for the bow section, one for the aft end and one for each seat tank.  We have a Laser rudder and a Sunfish daggerboard. I made the tiller and hiking stick.  I found a small cleat for the rudder downhaul.  A 3/8 inch pin for the mast support.   The center traveler came from my box of parts.  The last picture shows the CB brake and the hiking strap.  Just add a mast, boom, sheet and sail!

First one down from NY get's her!

Ha, just kidding...

One final note...  This boat weighs  60.8 pounds!!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Varnish, round two

Well, I put a coat of varnish on the boat over a week ago.  It's would not dry.  Don't know what was the matter.  I called the paint co and the only thing they would do is check the batch #'s and see if anyone else had a complaint.  They also offered to send my money back.  I took that option. It took a can of mineral spirits an a lot of elbows to get the old varnish off.   Got different varnish.  I'll know tomorrow if it's me or the paint!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Nothing prettier that a new coat of varnish on the deck of a boat!  One more coat, some hardware and she is out the door...BTW.. She weighs 57.4 pounds...