Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Let's keep going before we change our mind

As of yesterday we are past the point of no return. Before if the project fizzled it would have been a private disappointment. But now that money is being spent and supplies are on their way, wives and girlfriends will also be upset if this doesn't end in a working boat!

The only progress we can make without the materials list and the plans is to order the epoxy and source the plywood. We've decided on WEST epoxy from Jamestown Distributors and meranti plywood (for the stems and rudders) and okoume plywood (for everything else) from Boulter Plywood.

We've bought all the resin we'll need but, because we don't know the build schedule yet, only some of the hardener. We got slow hardener to start out during the summer but if the epoxy work drags out into the fall and winter we will have to switch to fast hardener for the rest.

The plywood and lumber we can buy locally and save on shipping. That trip will wait until after we review the plans with the added benefit of spreading out some of the expenses.

Hopefully there is something we can take a picture of soon because we all know that's why people read boat building blogs.


  1. I'd like to add that without plans our discussion of the build has been limited to enthusiastic gin and tonic drinking, talking about the color scheme, and ogling Kev's power tools. That's a mighty fine drill press you've got there...

    I would also like to say, for posterity, that I've been freaking out about glassing the boat, and the general expenses of the thing. It feels like less when we space it out. You can go ahead and update your materials section to $435 for the plans, and $400 for the epoxy.

    We're devils and black sheep and really bad eggs. Drink up me 'earties, yo ho!

  2. My Hitia 17 plans arrived last week. Verified the materials list against the plans and already found some errors in either quantities or dimensions. Time to figure this out since I've got a CLC 12' Wood Duck Hybrid to build from plans before I can start on the Hitia hulls.

  3. I found a few errors to in the metric to inch conversions too and have been making corrections on our plans. I haven't double checked the quantities yet but we will now.

  4. The big one is 3/4" x 3-3/4" for the cross beams, NOT 3/4" x 3-1/4".