This week i’ve mainly been in this room. editing and doing little jobs on fiverr which is a website where you can pick up freelance work for $5 and is probably one of the main ways I’ve been raising money for the boat build over the last few months. And and also raising money through my colouring book as well. And a lot of late nights doing little extra jobs on Fiverr.
And now i’m at the point where i can actually buy the boat which is super, super, super exciting. I’ve chosen the boat. It’s not quite the same boat that I was originally looking at. This one is actually a lot better. It’s got some sails on it which gives me more scope for future expeditions.
So even though its a little bit more, that’s the one that I think is going to be a better choice in the long run. And it’s actually just been used to row to Alaska as well, so Which seems quite fitting for Viking expeditions in cold water. I am just having a look at the website.
For angus rowboats. And I’m having a look at my boat. I was originally going to go for the Expedition Rowboat which is a lot smaller which is 18 foot long and a bit cheaper. But I’m now going to go for this one which is the Sailing Rowcruiser. Which is 19 foot long.
And it weighs 99.8 kilogrammes 220 pounds. And I think this is going to give me a lot more scope for the expedition. It’s a little bit more expensive but I think it’s going to be a much better boat and it has just won the Row to Alaska as well. There’s some pictures of it there. And a tutorial. And.
I can show you the plans. so this is the boat here and I was just going to have a rowing boat but I’m actually now going to have one with sails. So that you can row it and sail it which I think will be much better for rowing around Britain. especially since I’m not going for any records or anything like that. And I’ve just been checking with.
The tape measure to see if it would fit in the room because I’m going to be building it in here. So it’s really exciting super, super exciting. And I’ve been really busy trying to raise money to build it. So this one will cost $US299 for the full plan of this one which comes in a kit from Canada $US44 for.
The seat and the rigger kit which you can build yourself. And $US48 for the sculling oar plans because I quite like the idea of building the whole thing myself. Which comes to $US’1 for the plans and then I can fundraise for all the different parts of the build so It’s a little bit more than I was originally the boat I was originally going for.
How to build a boat Catamaran you can live aboard part 1
This is the first of a series of tutorials about a catamaran I built back in the 90s. Building a boat, something big enough to live on and sail off over the horizon is a dream I had for years. My original idea was to build a monohull, in fact I bought plans for a little 21 footer.
That i was going to weld up and sail around the world in. The plan got postponed for a number of years and in that time I come across a couple of books that changed my ideas. It was back in the early 90’s First book was the Gougeon Brothers on boat building, all about building with epoxy and wood.
And the other book was the cruising multihull by chris white. The two of them together made sense Building a multihull, that didn’t rely on tonnes of lead to keep itself upright and building with wood, epoxy and fibreglass, all made sense to me. I found plans I liked from a local multihull designer, Tony Grainger. I then started preparing the place to build it,.
In the bush on my parents property out the back of noosa heads. Queensland, Australia. The original shed was only big enough to build the 21ft boat that I originally planned to build. So I lengthened it with the idea of building the boat in 3 sections.
2 hulls separately and then the centre section. Which I ended up doing. Building of the hull starts with a strong back. It’s a ladder like construction that I concreted into the ground. I cut out temporary frames in chipboard. to make the cross sectional shapes of the hull.
Using full size contours on mylar sheet that I laid down on the wood and traced out with a dressmakers wheel. Each temporary frame is set up on the strong back. and lined up. It’s worth spending a little extra time to get everything spot on at this stage Getting it all lined up perfect.
And the contours cut out perfect. made for an absolutely fair hull. It saves you a lot of time down the track. The construction was strip plank western red cedar. Basically a wood cored fibreglass boat. My reasons for building it this way.
Were that its a simple system for a one off boat You don’t need to build a mould before you can make it. produces a very fair hull. It’s strong, its light. The cedar strips were 14mm thick and for the majority of the boat 90mm wide.