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01-02-2014 09:54 PM
jbogart
Re: Bill Healy wooden boat

DeniseO30,
Beautiful work.

Canoes are fun to build. They don't take long and are relatively inexpensive .

The only bad thing is they look so nice until you run a river full of rapids. Then you get to spend a day or two repairing the bottom. I spent two days digging the granite out the wood, repairing and refiberglassing my last adventure.

I should of made the canoe from titanium.
01-02-2014 08:50 PM
deniseO30
Re: Bill Healy wooden boat

Jbogart, It's hard to not build bigger when one loves building boats. Good thing you realized it before you were 60% into it.
My son and I built a bunch of strip canoes. then I went to traditional builds and restorations of wood canvas canoes. we also built kayaks.


01-02-2014 08:46 PM
deniseO30
Re: Bill Healy wooden boat

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Originally Posted by jbogart View Post
If you are looking for study plans they are available for $15 at Atkin & Co. - Little Maid of Kent. Construction plans are available at the same address.

You might check out Maid of Endor by John Alden in Forty Wooden Boats. It is only 20' 4" and as such will not be anywhere as difficult to build as Maid of Kent at 30ft.

If I can make a suggestion based upon experience.

I too like to work with wood. The first boat I built was a 16ft wood strip canoe. It gave me real satisfaction in lofting and building it myself. I enjoyed it enough I thought to try and build something a little larger. I settled on a 27ft Controversy that was designed by the Mount Desert Yacht Yard. I liked the lines, it had plenty of room, and used strip planking that I was already used to.

I then started figuring costs to build the thing. After I was done with a preliminary budget I started to wonder if I would like sailing anyway.

What I did was find a 24 ft good old boat that was forty years old at the time but in resonably good shape, sailable anyway. I spent $4000 on the boat, an outboard motor and a twin axle trailer with electric brakes that had been custom fitted for the boat. I figured the trailer was worth $2500, the outboard $700, which left me with an $800 fiberglass boat. Needless to say this was a far cry cheaper then building a boat from scratch.

I spent the next three years sailing the heck out it and along the way beating the heck out of it. I have spent the last three years gutting the interior, repairing holes in the fiberglass hull, redoing the plumbing and the electrical, painting the exterior, replacing the toerails etc. I still have the interior to put back including ripping out the vberth, installing a hanging locker, a new composting toilet, etc. The good news is after another $4000 or so I am ready to go sailing again.

Before you take on building from scratch a thirty foot boat, I would recommend you do the same sort of thing. Buy a good old boat, sail it a bit and see if you like sailing. If not get rid of the hole in the water before you start throwing money in it. But if you do like sailing, rebuild the boat. It will teach you many of the skills you will need to build a boat.
OP actually started a thread on the Maid here http://www.sailnet.com/forums/introd...ml#post1266434
01-02-2014 08:31 PM
jbogart
Re: Bill Healy wooden boat

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Originally Posted by Woodfinatic View Post
I am wanting to build a wooden boat using the "little maid of kent" plans by atkins & co. I dont have any experience of building a boat and want to know if anyone else has looked at or knows about how its made or has a copy of plans to see what the plan consist of.
If you are looking for study plans they are available for $15 at Atkin & Co. - Little Maid of Kent. Construction plans are available at the same address.

You might check out Maid of Endor by John Alden in Forty Wooden Boats. It is only 20' 4" and as such will not be anywhere as difficult to build as Maid of Kent at 30ft.

If I can make a suggestion based upon experience.

I too like to work with wood. The first boat I built was a 16ft wood strip canoe. It gave me real satisfaction in lofting and building it myself. I enjoyed it enough I thought to try and build something a little larger. I settled on a 27ft Controversy that was designed by the Mount Desert Yacht Yard. I liked the lines, it had plenty of room, and used strip planking that I was already used to.

I then started figuring costs to build the thing. After I was done with a preliminary budget I started to wonder if I would like sailing anyway.

What I did was find a 24 ft good old boat that was forty years old at the time but in resonably good shape, sailable anyway. I spent $4000 on the boat, an outboard motor and a twin axle trailer with electric brakes that had been custom fitted for the boat. I figured the trailer was worth $2500, the outboard $700, which left me with an $800 fiberglass boat. Needless to say this was a far cry cheaper then building a boat from scratch.

I spent the next three years sailing the heck out it and along the way beating the heck out of it. I have spent the last three years gutting the interior, repairing holes in the fiberglass hull, redoing the plumbing and the electrical, painting the exterior, replacing the toerails etc. I still have the interior to put back including ripping out the vberth, installing a hanging locker, a new composting toilet, etc. The good news is after another $4000 or so I am ready to go sailing again.

Before you take on building from scratch a thirty foot boat, I would recommend you do the same sort of thing. Buy a good old boat, sail it a bit and see if you like sailing. If not get rid of the hole in the water before you start throwing money in it. But if you do like sailing, rebuild the boat. It will teach you many of the skills you will need to build a boat.
01-02-2014 06:29 PM
deniseO30
Re: Bill Healy wooden boat

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Originally Posted by straupe View Post
I was hoping that someone can help me with some info on boat designer Bill Healy. I am looking at this beautiful boat that is 3/4" x1 1/2" clear fir strip plank, then cold molded ¬ľ ¬ď plywood & fiber glassed inside and out. And yes I know it is wood but I figured should be strong as any other material if there is no water intrusion.
glassed cold molded hulls are close to equal with fiberglass.
01-02-2014 03:27 PM
Woodfinatic
Re: Bill Healy wooden boat

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Originally Posted by bobperry View Post
Check the IDEAL Series of books put out by MOTOR BOATING and SAILING back in the 50's. They have full sets of plans for almost all of Atkins designs. I'm sure LITTLE MIAD is in there but I can;t tell you which issue. I used to haver a pile of those books but I leant them to a guy who dissapeared with them.
is one of them called[Thirty Easy To Build Sail Boats With Auxiliary Power, IDEAL SERIES, VOLUME 15 Hardcover]
01-02-2014 03:02 PM
bobperry
Re: Bill Healy wooden boat

Check the IDEAL Series of books put out by MOTOR BOATING and SAILING back in the 50's. They have full sets of plans for almost all of Atkins designs. I'm sure LITTLE MIAD is in there but I can;t tell you which issue. I used to haver a pile of those books but I leant them to a guy who dissapeared with them.
01-02-2014 02:57 PM
Woodfinatic
Re: Bill Healy wooden boat

I am wanting to build a wooden boat using the "little maid of kent" plans by atkins & co. I dont have any experience of building a boat and want to know if anyone else has looked at or knows about how its made or has a copy of plans to see what theplan consist of.
02-12-2013 02:26 PM
deniseO30
Re: Bill Healy wooden boat

check in over at the woodenboat forum. Lot's of knowledge over there . good luck!
02-12-2013 01:53 PM
straupe
Re: Bill Healy wooden boat

Bill Healy is not the same guy as Bill Healey from Viking, I think. This boat was built in Florida in 84-86.
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