Posts Tagged 'sailboat'

a nautical library

my wife and I are in the planning stages of our (her) dream house, and so far I’ve been pretty minimal in my requests – basically a mudroom between the garage and house.

but, now, I may have just found a new demand: a boat INSIDE my library.  that is awesome!

nautical library

image via clean lines

invitation?

a friend from the Reef Warriors blog contacted me to see if I knew anything about this sailboat:

invitation

apparently, they have one that has been more or less abandoned near where they sail, and he’s wondering if any one can help figure out more details about it – and maybe where to find some spare parts.

the sailboat is an Invitation class, which with a bit of googling turned up some of the following results:

my guess is parts would be hard to find.  is it similar enough to a Laser? Maybe parts could be sort of interchangeable – and Laser parts would be MUCH easier to find.

anyone else have any comments or tips? I’m not sure how you could find parts, other than maybe getting lucky on ebay or craigslist.

 

sailing the minifish [video]

this is an incredibly well done video showing off sailing in a Minifish, which is a smaller cousin to the Sunfish sailboat.

load it up in full HD and enjoy this beauty in full screen.

HT: Scattered Thoughts…

peanut sailboat

I saw this neat little sailboat for sale on Craigslist the other day.

peanut sailboat

here is a bit more history on the Peanut sailboat.

Norm Abrams builds a Clancy sailboat

I just found this 2-part series that Norm Abrams did for his show New Yankee Workshop where he builds a plywood and epoxy sailboat.  Norm first visits the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle, Washington to talk with Bob Pickett, the builder/developer of the sailboat Norm plans to build – the Clancy.

Norms clancy the Clancy sailboat is built using marine grade plywood and 2-part epoxy.  Norm doesn’t ever mention the brand of epoxy, but it sure looks like WEST System epoxy.  the joints in the plywood are covered with fiberglass tape, and epoxied into place to create a strong joint that is also water-tight.

several coats of epoxy are also used to cover the entire wooden surface to again seal up the wood and make the boat water-tight.  as the epoxy is not very resistant to UV light, the bottom is painted with marine grade paint, and the sides and deck of the boat are varnished to provide a protective layer.

part 1 of the series (these are not very high-quality videos – if you plan to build one, I’d buy the DVD and plan set from New Yankee Workshop):

and part 2:

Duckworks Magazine has a great page on building a Clancy sailboat as well with several pictures of the process.

measured drawings for the Clancy sailboat are available from the New Yankee Workshop website, and you can also purchase a DVD with both episodes of the show.

I’ve always loved watching Norm on New Yankee Workshop, and woodworking has been a hobby of mine for a while.  I’ve been pretty happy with my Sunfish sailboats, but it might be a fun project to combine the love of woodworking and sailing into one project to work on over a long Michigan winter.

sunfish at sixty

EastBayRI.com has a great article by Bruce Burdett posted right now about the Sunfish sailboat and it’s manufacturer in Portsmouth, Rhode Island: Sunfish at sixty: Most popular boat ever still keeps them busy at Portsmouth plant

The little Sunfish, far and away the most popular sailboat ever built, just turned 60 and they’re still churning them out at the rate of four a day at LaserPerformance in Portsmouth.

60th_sunfish_anniv_sail

HT: @LaserPerform


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