Throwing Your Hat Over the Fence... Building a Boat or Whatever...
Before I even get started, I want to say one thing -- just because this post (and others to follow) will be about boat construction, that doesn't mean that it's all about boat building. Far from it... In the past I've built bird houses, a trellis, a feeding tray etc. (you can Google on those...) But the focus never was specifically about just one construction project. Nope... As I document the creation of different 'things' (like this boat), I'm really just guilting you to get off your duff and build something for yourself. If I can build a boat, you can built a birdhouse. You get the idea.
Alrighty then... What have we got above? It's a Teal I built years ago. It's not a big deal really. I plan on spending 40 hours and about $100 - $200 dollars on her. As boats go, IMHO the Teal is the ideal first craft... The plans are available from the link above as is a book "Instant Boats" with a chapter that describes the build. The Teal is a superb calm-water boat, great for rowing and relaxed sailing... I'm using two sheets of 1/4" AC ply along with the usual lumberyard stock. More about the materials as construction continues.
Next time I post on this, I probably will have ripped one of the sheets of AC into three equal-sized strips of 16" (minus saw kerf) for the sides. I'll occasionally keep you updated from there...
But for now, I've ordered my plywood and in doing so have tossed my hat over the fence. Now I have to climb the fence. So what's your fence?
Busy as always,
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