Other Builds

Before embarking on the Stirven build I had tackled a number of other smaller boaty projects.

First was a restoration on my Lazy E this is a 16ft timber racing dinghy, this is the boat I’ve been sailing for the last few years. I fixed some rotten ply and upgraded various bits and gave the whole thing a paint. Everyone loves this boat as its been in the fleet since the early 70s. Unfortunately it’s not to competitive against the fancy new fiberglass versions of this class.

Toothache on a tasty reach

Toothache on a tasty reach

Then I did a 3 month intro to boat building course at TAFE in Williamstown. Although this was interesting after the 3 months were up they had no space available at the time to actually build a boat! The maximum size boat you could build as part of this course was 14ft. Considering I already had a 16ft boat this was never really very appealing

So I decided to build a sea Kayak in my shed instead. The kayak was long and skinny and so was my build space. Not to mention I also quiet like kayaking and the look of the strip built kayaks. I thought this would give me lots of building experience and also not be overly expensive. I also really wanted to try strip planking. Here is my completed Guillemot design by Nick Schade

The Finished Kayak

The Finished Kayak


Stripping the hull

Stripping the hull


Kayak bulk heads

Kayak bulk heads

After the Kayak project I was still unsure of the type and size boat I wanted to build and where I would actually do it, once I new what I was going to do.
So in the meantime I decided to build a hollow wooden surfboard after seeing an article on Grain Surfboards in Wooden Boat magazine.

This all fit with my interest in surfing and looked like a do-able project in my workshop. So I designed and built a 11ft 6inch Stand Up Paddle Board. The construction technique is very similar to kayak strip building so I was quiet comfortable with the build process. I documented the build and posted on the Tree To Sea Hollow Wooden Surfboard Forum

DA Beast build can be followed from this link. Here is the finished board and a couple of build pics

The finished Board

The finished Board


Decking the board

Decking the board


INside the board

Inside the board

I learnt lots from these various building projects all of which is now coming in very handy on my Stirven build.

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