I’m fairly new to boat building and since it’s a complicated process, I’m going to break it down into steps.
Choose the plans– Completed Inventory tools– Completed Already owned Need to buy/rent Find the build site– Completed
- Get material quotes – In progress
Wood for the build shed– Completed
- Plywood for the hull
- Interior structure wood
- Interior fixtures wood
- Teak strips for decking
- Epoxy, fiberglass, filler, et al.
- Lead ballast
- Twin keel soft metal
Build 1/15th scale model– Abandoned
- Build Khepri
- Mead, beer, wine and, I guess, food
Building the wood shed – COMPLETED December 2019!
Come up with an idea: I read George Buehler’s section on this, looked at a ton of online photos and came away just as confused as I was before! According to George, there should be the structure should be 12ft wider and a few feet longer than the boat’s dimensions. Okay, but that left me with some questions:
- At what angles should the lumber be cut?
- How long should the top beams be to give me a certain angle and enough room?
- Are there any plans for this online anywhere?
Think for an hour and then say “Screw it! I’m going to wing it, just as long as it’s solid!”– Completed Make upper cross members 30° at 12ft long, each; this gives roughly 21ft across, which is plenty for the boat;– Completed Space the frames 4ft on center to 28ft in length;– Completed Walls are 8ft high;– Completed Overlap upper cross beams with wall studs and measure 21′ across on top, middle and bottom; trace out angle and use hand saw to cut –Completed OPTIONAL: If trying this by yourself, curse like a sailor, drink a couple beers (or 6!), relax, curse again, break a middle section of a completed frame while installing, erect one-half the frame and make it solid and call it a day– Completed