Posted by: Mike Randall | June 20, 2010

Lazarette is in and Boris passed away.

Borris and Borris II

My trusty Bosch Random Orbital sander finally kicked the bucket  in a high pitched scream of fried bearings and pungent burnt smell. After years of faithful service renovating houses, building kayaks, surfboards and now a boat he gave up the ghost! He was so good I went and bought another – Borris II.

Over the last couple of weeks I finished fitting the side bouyancy tanks. My Tick Stick experience in establishing the exact shape of these panels went so well it’s now become my favourite method for accurate pattern making. My patterns are made from cheap 5mm MDF, once I’m happy with the way the patterns fit I then nail them onto my ply sheets, rough cut with the jigsaw, then use my router with a pattern cutting bit to get an accurate part. This method is fast and accurate and is probably the best way to go if your not working from a pre-cut kit.

I then set about making the Lazarette. This has what seemed at the time to be a complicated guttering arrangement below the hatch and I wasn’t sure how best to put this together. So I rushed into this slowly and all soon became apparent.

Bouyancy Tanks and Lazarette Battens in place

Lazarette Hatch Guttering Detail

View from the Transom looking forward

Top fitted like a glove using the Tick Stick method

Hatch fitted a treat as well

I haven’t screwed and glued any of this down as I want easy access for sanding and painting.

I’ve decided to build everything that’s low down in the hull and work my way up and forward. At the moment I’m building some cockpit shelves that I should have some pics of very soon.

All this stuff probably doesn’t mean much unless you’ve already built a Stir Ven or staring at a set of plans! Anyway I hope someone will find it useful as it’s often hard to visualise clearly how these various components will look just from staring at the plans.

More coming soon, things are moving a bit quicker at the moment.


  1. Good going Mike. Isn’t it satisfying how the lower aft deck is at just the right height to drain out the tiller aperture? M. Vivier knows what he is doing. Funny, my Stir Ven and the boat before that each consumed a DeWalt random-orbital sander. I have kept the receipts for every bit of sandpaper used, but haven’t ever taken them out of the shoebox to total them up. I’d wager it is over a grand, though.

    • Hey Walt,

      I’ve kept a mountain of receipts also and I know I’m never going to add em up, why ruin a good time with reality!

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