Boatbuilders labour of love

Discussion in 'Boatbuilding' started by Corley, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. Corley
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    Corley epoxy coated

  2. messabout
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    messabout Senior Member

    Beautiful it is. I hope he can keep it out of the tropic sunshine. All that brightwork is too pretty to expose to UVs deterioration affect.
     
  3. Petros
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    Petros Senior Member

    nice work, but I think he likely did a lot of details like an artist rather than a boat builder, taking a lot of extra time. His building partner put his in the water years earlier because it appears he did not do all that fine detail work.

    It makes the boat very pretty, and even inspiring to look at, but all that extra work does not make it sail any better. In fact it might make him afraid to use it the way it was designed, only puttering about on fair weather days for fear of damaging it.

    I am always impressed with people with that much perseverance. I do not have that kind of perseverance on such a project, I am always anxious to get it on the water as soon as I can, forgoing appearance, and sometimes even taking short cuts that I regret later. I have to remind my self that the fastest and cheapest way to get a project done is to do it once.
     
  4. Corley
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    Corley epoxy coated

    That's true some builders are artists but I'm quite a fan of workboat finish a good friends cat is strip plank epoxy with glass over unpainted on the interior not to everyone's taste but it looks fine.
     
  5. troy2000
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    troy2000 Senior Member

    I've had a long journey from my youth, when everything I was building had to be perfect. Nowadays, it mostly just has to perform its primary function without offending my sensibilities.

    My epiphany happened about thirty years ago, when my older brother was building his dome house. I was leafing through some do-it-yourself books I found on his desk, and the author of one said something incredibly sensible. I can't quote him exactly after all these years, but it was something like, "it's easy to get lost in the process, and forget your primary objective - which is to get your house finished so you can move into it. It's like knitting yourself a sweater. You finish it, you put it on to stay warm, and you go on with your life."

    That took a while to sink in, but it eventually changed my whole approach to building. I'll never build garbage, but I've learned not to sweat the small stuff if it makes the overall project suffer.
     
  6. Angélique
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    Angélique aka Angel (only by name)

    Yes, looks gorgeous !

    But a jacuzzi in a 38' sailboat, wonder what the priorities are and how much water they carry . . . ? ?

    Or outboard water in the jacuzzi ? Then better take a dip outboard . . . :idea:

    Cheers,
    Angel
     
  7. El_Guero

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    It was a labor of love .... Beautiful.

    I think I would have skipped the jacuzzi... Do you really think a boat needs a jacuzzi?
     
  8. 805gregg
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    805gregg Junior Member

    Some are sailers and boaters some are boat builders, when I built my Bristol Channel Cutter, in a San Diego boat yard, one older gentleman had over 8 or 10 years built a nice 60' ferrocement sailboat, even making custom salt and pepper shakers, I launched my BCC after 18 months in the yard
     

  9. Angélique
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    Angélique aka Angel (only by name)

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    ‘‘ Jeff Horley of Courtright launched his 38-foot custom designed wooden sailboat on Sunday at Sarnia Yacht Club. ’’
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    Seeing the caption of the first photo it's the owner/builder with the shoes on, someone should tell him that this hurts the varnish* . . :eek:
    * even the deck looks varnished . . . . :confused:
    But must say he did well compared to the guy who completed a bigger job in 25 years but lost a foot on launch day . . . . :(
    Cheers,
    Angel
     
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