We have started installing the chine! So far we have the first two pieces. Unfortunately we don’t have pictures of everything, but we do have a few from the start of the chine process.

We have spent a lot of time recently either finding internet somewhere to look for lumber, or driving hours to look at said lumber… It’s definitely been difficult finding good quality wood at a decent price, but we’ve had some luck. The doug fir we mentioned on the last post is awesome and should cover the topsides no problem. We keep a sharp eye on craigslist for deals, and we made out pretty good a few days ago. We were fortunate enough to find over 700ft of clear port orford cedar for a sweet deal, so we wasted no time and snatched it up while we still could. This will become our bottom planking.

I have finally gotten back to physically working on the boat though which is a good thing…I think I’m going to try to knock out the chine, and just go strait to planking the topsides. I have realized I work much more efficiently when I can break up the monotony of projects. I have been working on framing and whatnot for what seems like forever, so hanging some planks will be a welcome change. Once that is finished I probably wont mind going back to the stringers, cheeks, and rabbet. It works for me…. But then again i’m kinda scatter brained…

DSCN5497 Skill saw makes quick work of the top cuts.

DSCN5503 Then the pull saw takes 5 minutes to do what the skill saw did in 5 seconds….

DSCN5501 All the notches cut.

DSCN5502 This one kinda sucked…

The Hunt for Clear Vertical Grain Douglas Fir Ended


Countless days were logged away as Garrett searched for CVG Fir. Found through Craigslist was a plentiful supply milled from 6ft diameter trees. This stuff is truly beautiful and exactly what we were looking for to complete our planking. A few loose ends with the frames are quickly wrapping up. Happy to soon be planking. I can’t wait to see her in her skin!

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Checking the bevels on the frames and then drilling for the bolts to hold it all together.

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I attempted to fit the whole boat into one picture…. Not the best but still kind of neat. And Garrett caught a great picture from the stern looking forward!




The hunt is never over for lumber and other materials so wish us luck!

Thank you everyone for the support!

Moving on!

We have finished the framing up to the bow,  and I must say she is looking rather sexy like!

DSCN5423      DSCN5424I definitely could have trimmed the forward frames down, but I find comfort in seeing those massive chunks of wood right up in the bow

DSCN5428 I wish I were a competent enough photographer to show the curves of the hull… She looks much less boxy in person!DSCN5425 DSCN5430 And here’s a couple more just because…