One step closer!

We have crossed another huge milestone, and we now have a sweet westerbeke diesel for our yacht!


She is a 4 cylinder 52HP Westerbeke diesel. As far as used engines go this is exactly what we were looking for. It’s definitely on the giant side for our boat, but thats what we wanted. That way we wont have to run her hard for normal operation, but we will have plenty of reserve power when we need it!

DSCN6969 We ran the motor for a good while before deciding to buy. It sounded great and didn’t smoke at all.

DSCN6973 I’ll probably clean her up and give her a fresh coat of paint as well as new hoses, belts,mounts, and fluids then she will be ready to drop in!

More planking….and stuff…and things…. ..

We are moving along with planking despite the nasty weather. Now that we have a few planks done we were finally able to get a pretty good idea about the layout of the planks, butt block spacing, and how much wood it’s actually going to take. It looks like we’re going to be a bit short on our planking material, but O well we will just have to hunt for more…  So far everything is still going together quite easily although the weather is still slowing things down a bit.  Here are a few picture updates!


DSCN6889 The sheer is starting to show even more. I wish we could get a picture that really shows her curves.

DSCN6902 Ruth being cute

DSCN6895 Planks seated in the stem rabbet

DSCN6905 If you want to build a wooden boat you will need to buy a butt load of clamps…





The day has finally arrived! I can write about planking the hull! We have three planks on the boat so far. The two 40ft long sheer planks that we scarfed together went on swimingly! The scarfs are totally unnoticeable, and the solid plank makes for a totally fair curve to the sheer. We were fortunate enough to have some friends help us fit the sheer planks which was really nice because the 40ft planks would have been a bit tricky with just the two of us. Now that the sheer is done it is super easy to put the rest of the planks on since they can just be clamped on to the planks above. The rest of the planks will just have normal butt joints rather than scarfs, so I can easily handle them myself. I have started to cut tapered planks aka stealers for the forward planks. This is necessary because there is so much sheer on this hull therefore there is much more space to be covered at the bow then the rest of the hull. Im hoping that I can fill in the distance and still have really nice flowing seams by starting the stealers right away with a smaller taper rather then using uniform planks for the first bit. We will see… I would like to sand the seams open a little so they show nicely on the finished hull.

DSCN6858DSCN6846getin everything lined up.


DSCN6838DSCN6817 You can see one of the scarfs at the bottom right of the last picture.

DSCN6883DSCN6884DSCN6882  They go on really easily now!

I just have to cut the rest of the stem rabbet, but that should’t take long. After that we should be able to just start hangin planks like crazy, and it’s about time!!! The halt of progress during the winter was tough… I don’t do well when im not being productive. Soon we will have a hull, which also means a WHISKEY PLANK PARTY!! Plans shall be made…

Thats it for now!

Another Week on the Boat Front Waiting for Warmer Weather

Ruth here:

“Welcoming the 50 degree weather with cutting planking material and scarfing together our first planks! Garrett got all the scarfs cut and so now we’ve got them curing under two tent-like apparatus, meaning tarps thrown over the things. With not much in way of heating we’ve used one propane heater, two candles and oil lamps for the rest.

With hopefully the last few days of winter we are taking advantage of using it as a beer cooler!

Both Garrett and I are getting increasingly excited about the days becoming warmer and longer. Garrett can work well passed 5pm now. We are one month away from our 1st anniversary building Rediviva and we are aiming for another 9 months or so before she is either in the Columbia River or on a truck down to the Bay Area for finishing. One of the things both of us have enjoyed about doing this blog and the videos is that we can look back easily and realize how far we have come. At times it feels like we haven’t moved at all, which may be true, but summer is coming and winter is leaving and with that is new time to get shit done!

Cheers to progress!”