As if the property were not already a spot that slowed traffic down now we hear the squeak of brakes halting cars; the sound of our neighbors realizing we’ve been building a boat this whole time!
It’s actually been several weeks in the process of taking down the shed. First we had to move our whole lumber yard outside. Rebuilding level stands separate from the shed walls. It’s crazy how much wood one can accumulate in 2 years time!
Then our masts had to relocate since the rack was also partially built into the shed (saving on material)
Thankfully the masts have dried significantly over the last year and the three of us were able to man-handle them over to their new home.
Layer by layer we pealed back her many tarps.
It’s crazy to remember Garrett and I raised the shed on our own two March’s ago. Taking it down we had extra hands. Thanks to Hoffa and also my brother, Sam, showed up and Luke, my filming stand in, always does an excellent job documenting!
The 5 of us teared it down.
It surprisingly took only 3 hours to remove all the frames of the shed.
(compared to the week it took us to put it up)
Garrett and myself were on deck. Unscrewing the ridge-poll and walking the frames towards the bow to lay them down. Hoffa on starboard and Sam to port they hammered away at the shed’s feet and cross bracing stabilizing the legs as we dismantled it piece by piece.
Until it was gone!
And we were left with our mighty ship standing there. In the open. For the first time able to see her from every angle. We walked to the road for the view. All of a sudden she appears almost small, left out in the wide open. Trying to imagine a sea of blue instead of green.
Needless to say our captain was stoked!
- More bung filling
- More wood preservative
- Painting the primer on the hull
- and the Bulwarks!
Rediviva is getting too big for her britches and she’s just itching to stand alone outside. Well, in reality, Garrett is the one who’s overdo for a major change! We all are really. He cut down the front face of the shed and it’s still not enough. Now that the weather is just getting better and better and rain storms are a little less frequent we are taking the steps to remove the shed.
Garrett’s begun building separate stands away from the shed to store all of our lumber. Including new mast stands (those were fun to move!) He’s slowly realizing just how much lumber we do have! “No wonder it felt so cramped in the shed. Look how much wood we have!” He said. Spoiled. Redwood, Black Locust, Douglas Fir, Port Orford, Western Red, and more scrap than he can manage.
While Garrett was fully busy with his wood Hoffa and I were fiberglassing the cabin
walls and laying a thick layer of epoxy to coat the deck evenly. Everything on deck is now glassed and weather tight! We will still add another layer of glass to the cabin walls and make sure where the cabin attaches to the deck is solid.
We are just checking one thing right after another off the list of to-do’s before trucking! I think I can say it, although I shouldn’t (I’ll knock on wood,) we are definitely not getting stuck in the Northwest for another winter!!!
We just can’t wait to see Rediviva stand in all her glory free from the shed. I can’t wait to show you. She already looks so fantastic with the little sneak peak view:
We didn’t ever expect to purchase so much plywood or utilize epoxy as much as we have while building our wooden sailboat but it turns out to be a vital money and time saver. Garrett’s done his best to stick to his guns but even a stubborn man has to overcome one want to meet another. We were, literally, right on the edge of planking the hull in plywood, making it a composite hull, if it weren’t for one last effort to find quality lumber to traditionally plank. We decided at that moment we were driving into town to find planking stock, whether that was discovering a new listing on craigslist (fat chance) or settling and heading into Portland to Mr. Plywood! Unexpectedly, a true sign, a post on craigslist for clear old growth vertical grain douglas fir at a price we could afford. So that Thursday in December we never made it to Mr. Plywood. May 8th, however, a Monday, we took advantage of this great source. This day we purchased 9 sheets to form the middle layer of the cabin top after being happy with the material we acquired for the main deck last September.
We have quite the crown in the cabin so it took both Hoffa and I to sit on either end while Garrett fastened each sheet down to the Port Orford planking.
The pieces went on quick. If we hadn’t run out of screws we probably would have finished the puzzle of sheets in a day.
The top turned out to be so solid we’ve decided there’s no need for a second layer of ply. (The extra layer of plywood was overkill anyway, thicker than Buehler’s plans even called for) After a very scientific “frolic” test confirmed the deck’s rigidity of course. If you’d like to check out the test you can visit our Patreon page to view our findings on film!
Once we were in the groove we were unstoppable. We portioned the cabin ceiling in 3 stages. Day one started working from the port side of the companion way out. This ended up taking a few days but we found our rhythm soon enough.
Practically finished stage 2, working from the starboard side of the companion way out, in one full day!
Stage 3 left the center of the deck to be filled in. In this stage we also decided the placement of the main salon hatch.
Garrett worked hard on deck fastening each strip down and trimming them to the shape of the cabin while Hoffa and I were outside the shed diligently rounding the corners of every plank and planning down any burns left behind by the table saw.
We were lucky enough to find a few really nice days. Even managing to earn ourselves a little sunburn! God, that felt good. We forgot how quick we move when the sun is shining. I think all three of us thrive off of solar energy.
Without any ports in the side walls it’s a little hard to capture on film exactly how beautiful the cedar looks from down below. We all stared up for a very long time that day. All that was left was to find just the right piece to fill in the ceiling “spine.” Garrett pulled out a wonderful piece of fir, surprisingly one we picked up from Home Depot, with a mix of grain from VG to flat sawn. We’re thinking we’ll stain the “spine plank” a little darker to closer match the western red beams.
Next up is laying down plywood and more glassing! It’s been really nice getting to mix in a bit of finish work with the raw construction of the boat. It means we are getting that much closer to completing the dream and living out the next from the water!
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The day has arrived to unearth the Port Orford Cedar. Buried under scrap Douglas Fir and various pieces of Black Locust the creamy yellow soft wood was hibernating. Waiting for its purpose to be revealed.
Technically the cabin roof will be constructed with 5 layers of material. Layer #1, where the Port Orford comes in, is 1.5in by .75in for esthetics down below. Layers #2 and 3 will be from .25in exterior ply. Layer #4 will be the fiberglass. Finally, layer #5 for esthetics on deck we’ll use .25in Douglas Fir strips to appear traditional. (Sorry to be redundant for some of you consistent followers)
Setting the table saw to 1.5in to rip the 2bys down.
Double check with a test plank.
Then pass over to Hoffa and I to plane any saw burns away and sand the corners round for finish.
All too often the table saw gets a little overwhelmed and bogs down forcing Garrett to wait it out.
Setting the strips atop the cabin beams to get a feel for how it’s all going to come together.
We worked into the evening until our Captain returned from a quick run into town. He brought gifts of hearty veggies and steak including libations of wine. Not a bad way to cap off an awesome day of boatbuilding!