Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Reading up on Charlie, John and Mal's thoughts on the Sundowner build, money has become less of an issue. John talks about 30K including a second hand diesel, not the 70K I mentioned in previous post. For that money I could still buy a sailboat and fix her up.

But that would not be the same as having a full keel cruiser. That is what I want to sail.

For daysails I have Vanessa. So I do not need another daysailor. I need an ocean boat. That is why I chose the Sundowner design.

Lately I am feeling the sailboat-build itch again. After some time I must say. There is still a boat to be finished in a back yard, the Seagull. It needs to be taped along the chines, faired, painted and outfitted. When that project is done the Sundowner project may get started.

I say "may"  because there is no space yet for it. I will need a good size shed. There is a place where I can build a shed but it is a bit far from my house now and i would have to protect it from thieving.

The other dimension that needs to be formed is time. House rebuild projects take up all my energy these months.

The most important thing for me is that I feel a dream in me that is driving the itch. I know that is the most important ingredient for a boat build project. Let's see how things unfold.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Intention of this blog

The path towards completion of the SD will be logged here. This will not be an instructional blog like Charlie or Mal' wonderful blogs. I will try to reflect where i am and what i am going through while this project is ongoing.  So more of a subjective reflection of the build and other stuff going on during it is to be expected.

The plans have arrived yesterday. JW offered assistance getting the bronze hardware made in a foundry close to him. I will also start setting up the list of goodies I will need.  Big ticket items are the diesel, sails, hardware, plywood, hardwood, lead and epoxy. This project is going to cost a lot of money. Let alone the hours needed for the build. I guestimate around 70k dollars in materials and at least 1000 hours work. Averaging 1 hr work per day every day for a year... Useless pondering because it will take what it will take. If i would invoice the hours i put into this boat i could buy a couple of boats.  But i would not be happy. Physically constructing a vessel capable of transversing oceans, gives me the sense of accomplishment nothing else can. The feeling of independance and personal development gotten from building a boat is the ultimate for me. This particular boat stands for the ultimate in ocean going sailboats. It is my "Taleisin".

Right now the plan is to start constructing rudder, hatches, bulkheads, mast, bowsprit, stringers and lead keel form. When all that is done the cradle will need to be built on the location she will be finished on. I have no definite location for that yet. But one very possible location is right next to the house. The issue with that is that the lead pour may be an issue there. But then again, there is no "good place" for that except for in the desert. If i do the pour in the desert, how will i get it back to the boat or the boat to it?  Like so many other challenges, all will be overcome in due time.

I read a quote somewhere that humans make the mistake of thinking that we have time... Hopefully i am awarded the time to build this sailing vessel during the coming years without starving relationships too much of attention.  

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Taleisin For Sale

The Pathfinder "Vanessa" has just been completed a few weeks ago.  While reading "As long as it is fun" about the Pardey's journey of life, Lyle Hess's designs were discussed. It seems that his designs are produced by shipyards. The beauty of the cutters like Taleisin is magnificent. My heart just starts beating faster when I see pictures of these vessels. So I googled his name and added "for sale". The first page I saw was "Taleisin for sale"! With a picture... My heart stopped this time. Is this fate? Meant to be? Can it be? Taleisin for me? After some pondering I sent an email to the brokerage and received a response that she was under agreement... But the ball was rolling already. The likeliness of the Sundowner to the (Falmouth) cutter was like two drops of water (as we say in Holland) to this amateur boat connoisseur (NOT!). It was not Taleisin but the Sundowner which nestled itself in my heart's desire.

The plans are ordered from Duckworks and I expect them in a few days.

The ryobi nailer is ordered also. That will make the gluing process a lot easier.

The Pathfinder build is a very good starting point to learn the techniques needed to build the Sundowner. I feel confident that the hull building will not give me any challenges besides room and time. The lead keel is a very different story. I feel that is the only major issue to be overcome.