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...

Monday, September 22, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

More paint

I put the first coat of paint on the bottom.  It's the regular bottom paint thined out by about 15 %.   The next coat will be full strength.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Paint and varnish

Ready for it.  The bottom has 3 coats of resin.  I sanded that with 60 grit paper followed by 120 grit.  Took quite a while. 

Monday, September 1, 2014


I got the deck and cockpit coated with the first coat of resin.  Looks good.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Woodwork is done!

I got the last wood on the boat, the rubrails.  I cut the holes for all the inspection ports.  Now it's on to the finish.  Two coats of resin over the entire boat.  The bottom gets white paint.  I'll varnish the decks. 



Thursday, August 28, 2014

Inner rub rails

We're closing in on finishing the woodwork on the boat.  I got both inner and outer rub rails made.  I used cherry wood.  It's a hard wood and looks good.   I fitted the inner rails.  I'll get the outer rails done next.  I have about 20 minutes more sanding to get the outer rails fitted just right.  The inner rails provide two functions.  They cushion your legs from the sharp seat sides and they provide a hand hold for when you need to get back into the boat.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Hole in the bottom

Got a chance to move the boat outside.  Gave me a good view of the rocker.  This is going to be a fast boat.  I'm filling in all the little holes and sanding rough spots.  Also got the CB trunk opened at the bottom.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Woodwork is done

I got the hull completed today.  The only other piece of wood are the rub rails and the inner seat rails.  I have them made but they will be the last part to go on.
 This is one sweet boat.   Oh, as she sits she weighs  52 pounds.   I got 8 pounds of fit and finish to play with.

                                                                After some sanding


Monday, August 11, 2014

Steering wheel and seat decks

Got some parts at bacons in Annapolis.  I'm using a Laser rudder and a Sunfish CB.

Also got the seat decks glued on.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Center traveler

I made the bar for the traveler.  I laminated two spruce sticks together.  I wanted two chunks rather than one thick stick.  Each end is glued to the seat supports and is backed with a 4 mil plate  and  then screwed into the ends.  Three screws at the CB case.  Not going anywhere.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Bow deck

We got the bow decks glued on. Took a while to align the fwd deck to the seat deck but after a while it worked.  Got to put in the traveler brace prior to the seat decks.  I'll get that done this weekend.  Hope I remember where to put the mast!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Seat decks

Got them rough cut.  I'm using 4 mil ocume for the seating area.  The seats take a beating so 4 mil is the way to go. I'll address the backdeck next.
I also installed gusset backings for the chainplates.  I gave them ample room just incase the stays need to be moved back along the boat.  There is about 5 inches of adjustment.  After they dry the fwd decks are ready to go on.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Bullet proof

I opted for a higher tech solution for strengthening the bottom where your feet go.  Some people have been known to put there foot/knee through the boat.  Not this one.   That yellow stuff is Kevlar.  light weight and tough.
I also cut out the rough fwd deck.