Friday, November 21, 2008

a few shots of the hacienda

Sunday, July 27, 2008


First strip hung March 24th, 2008. First time in the water, July 27th, 2008. Just a hair over 4 months from forms to water, not too bad considering crazy work schedule, shoulder surgery and a plethora of other activities/distractions. Lessons learned, tricks & tips, and some "don't do it this way" info to come soon. Some valuable self inflicted lessons learned and a great desire to do another boat soon.

But mostly just a great time, and a very rewarding new skill. (and great tune up for the interior woodworking on my honey-do list!)

Almost touching water for the first time.

Christened as all boats should be, with your favorite beverage! (Coffee for me!) It's named Fishtale II

Backing out for the first time.

Tracking along nicely.....

And back at the dock safe & sound after the 2 & 1/2 hour shakedown cruise.... (is my Navy showing?) A great day with my awesome wife...

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


A few shots of the boat with vanrnish applied. Sand it, varnish it, sand it, varnish it, DONE!
Except for bulkheads, seat, and rigging. Hope to launch her the first time this weekend!!!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Taped, Sanded and Epoxied... Deck is done except for varnish!

My faithful companions... they've been here every step of the way.... Okay, so they live in the garage where I'm building this thing, but they HAVE been here!

one view. All that's left to do is final sand the hull and epoxy it one last thin coat, then varnish and put a seat in her! And fit out the deck, do the hatch hardware, install the bulkheads, make thigh braces and foot braces, end pours and carry handles....... But she sure is purty, ain't she?!?!?

A longer view.... She's awesome

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Clamps are Back!

couple of shots of the hatch lips clamped in place

Deck lightly sanded, preparing for final edge taping and epoxy coat.

Monday, June 30, 2008

I thought cutting the cockpit out was a nerve-frazzling event. Cutting the hatches out was deadly to the brain!

Coaming lip glassed

On edge for interior fiberglass taping.... The hull & deck are ONE!!!!

Sunday, June 22, 2008


Kayak Bones... I fileted the boat today!

Inside hull sealed

Close to getting back together.