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DIY Boat "Weekender"

In some of my more "less connected to reality" moments, I've often thought of building my own boat. Nothing to extreme but something fun.

I did this once before (I was about 9) and it sunk in about 45 seconds. Something to do with not filling the holes in the plywood sheet that I found laying around that was my source material.

But, I think I might be ready to try again.

Anyone here ever see one of these?

The Stevenson Projects' Weekender

Again, its all plywood.

Anyone??

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Little Cruiser Check these guys out. I would love to build one if I had more time.

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I have often daydreamed about building my own boat. But I think that when it comes down to it by the time I bought all the tools I needed and all the time I spent on it I would probably come out with something that did not perform as well and was uglier than a production boat. But, if your "building stuff" hobby is as important to you as your "sailing" hobby then it might be a good time.
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Re: DIY Boat "Weekender"

Yeah, used to know a guy who built and sailed a Weekender. He had already completed the building when I first met him.

Nice little boat. Sailed well enough, though I suppose it would be a big disappointment to anyone who had the heart of a racer. He spent weekends on it now and then, but it was definitely more like camping on the water than living on a boat.

I would agree with Aaron42... If you are looking for a project--something to build--then you could do a lot worse than a Weekender. If you really just want to sail, and somehow think that building your own is the cheapest way to get what you want, I think you will probably be disappointed. If you count your own time at no more than minimum wage, you would almost certainly be money ahead to just buy a boat. If the building is half the fun, though, and having a sailboat when you are done is basically a happy coincidence, then you wouldn't put a cost on the time spent, because spending the time building something was the whole point. If that's the case, then go for it and good luck!
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If you go for it, let us know how it's going.

That's a pretty big boat for a first-time project, but you won't be the first person to start at that level. If you're not confident of your woodworking "chops," perhaps a Chesapeake Light Craft canoe first...


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I got as far as buying the plans for the weekender, but I never built her. She is definitely not a "great" sailor.

In the end, I found a small used boat (edel 540) with more capabilities that cost less.
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It's a pretty boat! I would suggests you work out the costs first. Most people building a sailboat (or other craft) often grossly underestimate the costs of fitting out and bringing the project to completion.

"stitch and glue" or "tortured plywood are viable building methods that have come a long way since "sticky stuff" (epoxy) has become very user friendly.

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Most people building a sailboat (or other craft) often grossly underestimate the costs...
Very true. Even more than common than that, I think, is that most people grossly underestimate how long such a project will take. I believe the fellow that I knew said that he spent nearly a year making his, and he said that he worked on it pretty much every chance that he got.

So, like any boat project, double the cost and triple the time estimate. And then it will STILL cost you twice as much, and take three times as long, as you have estimated!
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As far as buying my own boat, well,,, I all ready did that. Its a 2011 Catalina 375. Some of you who are in the Traverse City area may have seen it. Name is Hawk and I've included a shot of its head sail. I am sort of hard to miss. The hawk was the Admirals idea but I like it. So its not for want of a boat that I would do this but rather just a project.
I've build my own car so I have to think that building my own boat would be much easier but different.

I also think this boat is actually good looking.

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Re: DIY Boat "Weekender"

MC,

I built one MANY years ago. You can see a write-up I put on our web site at;
Guenevere's Projects, Raphael

It was a fun project and an article I wrote about it for a magazine was also part of a book that you might find very interesting (book name & author on the web page)



I LOVED the looks and thought about doing a stretched version. But decided I wanted to sail more than build.



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