Posted by: Mike Randall | May 29, 2011

Sometimes ya gotta go backwards to go forward!

If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been… I’ve been painting, painting and I’m… still painting! It’s a bit hard to muster up any interesting progress pics for the blog during this process, but I’m going to torture you with a few anyway. Read More…
Posted by: Mike Randall | April 16, 2011

Toe to toe!

I had been wondering how to mill and shape the toe rails for some time. In profile they are a trapezoid shape and I wasn’t sure how to cut or plane the tapers into the sides. My Triton is not meant to allow the saw blade to be tilted on an angle, but as the angle wasnt severe I did it anyway and all worked a treat. Read More…
Posted by: Mike Randall | April 3, 2011

Cockpit Sole

Motivation is high at the moment and I’ve made some good progress recently, maybe because the end of the construction phase is fast approaching or because the family is excited about the boat and have begun planning our next summers sailing adventures to Rottnest Island of the WA coast! Read More…
Posted by: Mike Randall | March 20, 2011

All decked out

The jigsaw puzzle that is the laid deck is done – except for the caulking. It’s taken over a month of my part time boat building efforts and either by fluke or good planing it’s actually come out how it was supposed to. Read More…
Posted by: Mike Randall | February 21, 2011

Hit the deck

Finally the flood waters abated, carpet was ripped up, heating ducts pumped out, wet furniture dried and insurance claims lodged! Time to get back to boat building!

I’ve been working on the laid deck and as you can see by the below pic it is coming along nicely. Read More…

Posted by: Mike Randall | February 5, 2011

Noah has nothing on me!

I knew I was building a boat for a reason, leisure & pleasure I thought. Seems the man upstairs has different plans! This was my street and home yesterday evening, needless to say there was not much boat building this weekend! Read More…
Posted by: Mike Randall | December 27, 2010

Final Post for 2010

It’s hard to believe but another year of “My Stirven Build” is about to pass. Twelve months ago I was frantically trying to put the last plank on the hull before heading off on a family holiday to Lombok. This year it has been just as frantic and frenzied in the lead up to Christmas and New Year. Read More…
Posted by: Mike Randall | December 9, 2010

Trimming the trim!

Now the Hatch has been hatched. I’ve decided to keep my focus on finishing all the cuddy cabin details before I move on to the excitement of laying the deck. Read More…
Posted by: Mike Randall | November 21, 2010

Hatching the hatch!

Way back when I first received my Stirven plans I recall looking at the drawings for the hatch and studying the photos on François website thinking how the hell am I going to make that? Truth be known I didn’t really understand the drawings, my fault not the drawings. Read More…
Posted by: Mike Randall | November 11, 2010

Cabin fever!

I’ve just finished installing the cabin top and I finally have a Stirven! Woo hoo!! Lets not get to carried away just yet but the boat is finally recognisable as a Stirven and I’m stoked. You can see the mast Tabernacle roughly in place. This just arrived from Classic Marine along with a bunch of other exciting brassy bits. Read More…

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