I was out-of-town for the majority of the week but I had a few days to sheath the hull. A few days more to sand and paint and she will be ready to sail.
The 4 oz cloth laid out smoothly but required darts cut along each side. This left a few high spots for sanding but filled nicely after sanding the high spots and then spreading another coat of epoxy to fill the weave.
It has been 1o days since my last post. Gail and I attended the Havasu Pocket Cruiser Convention in Lake Havasu CA. It was very fun! We and another 195 boats had a grand time sailing the lake. I will be providing the details of the trip on my “Building the Ebihen 15” blog.
The duck punt build has progressed again once we returned home.
1/2 frame being shaped
Have plenty of clamps
Added a stern cap
A single deck beam installed
I added additional height to the mast step
A good look
4 oz fiberglass cover for stern seat
Bow got a fiberglass cover too
1st coating of paint
Another week of working on the Duck Punt.
The frame was separated from the forms and turned right side up.
A floatation compartment is build into the bow and stern.
All the seams are strengthen with 4 0z cloth
A mast step is built.
Floatation area of stern is framed.
The mast step and thwart is installed. Notice red laser alignment for centering the step.
I have also taken videos of the build, plus time lapsed photo’s so when the boat is finished I will edit and include a complete video build sequence.
If you don’t follow Dylan Winter’s Keep Turning Left video diaries you need to start. Dylan is slowly circumnavigating the coast of Britain and has dozens of video logs of his journey. Very entertaining. Read more about Dylan and Keep Turning Left. Recently Dylan has built a duck punt sailboat and his building videos and sailing adventures have given me the bug to build a similar duck punt too. I just completed building Alice Gale and was looking for a sailboat for use on a shallow stretch of the Colorado River below Parker AZ.
My first job was to clean the garage and build a new storage cabinet to store my tools and supplies.
Wood to build cabinet
Now that the cabinet is finished and loaded with tools and supplies it is time to start the duck punt. This duck punt is based on the plans for the West Mersea Duck Punt by John Milgate. Free plans are available here as posted on Keep Turning Left. I have maintained the general lines of the boat and assembled a building jig as specified in the plans.
Details of building jig and temporary frame
Next I will be removing the duck punt from the building jig, install interior frames, sheath the hull and build out the floatation spaces. The duck punt is looking more like the stitch and glue version designed by Flo-Mo as I am using lightweight 6mm plywood and cedar frames along with other design cues shown in Flo-Mo photo’s.