hayloft vg23

Hayloft VG23
That’s what I’ve been calling the boat project until I can decide on a real name and she is properly christened. My mom and step dad operate a horse stable outside the city and have been kind enough to let me build in the stable’s hayloft. It’s actually the perfect spot for it – I’m spoiled by all the space. Getting the finished boat down from the loft is obviously going to be a challenge but I have some ideas (some good, some hilarious) so am not too worried. Yet.

Anyhow, the first step was to build the basket mold. When I assembled the frames for the mold I initially only put vertical supports at the two mid frames which I eventually realized were too few. I later added some support to the bow frame which helped to align the panels quite nicely. That was probably lesson number one – the better the basket design, the easier it will be to align the long side and chine panels. It all worked out for me but if I’d planned a little better I could have avoided some frustrations (and cursing) when attaching the panels.

I’ll write some more about the construction process when I get a chance.


2 Responses

  1. Steve Scalia says:

    February 17, 2005 at 9:49 am

    Have you figured out how you are going to get it down from the loft?

    BTW keep the pictures and notes coming, as a prospective builder I am keenly interested.

  2. andrew says:

    February 17, 2005 at 6:05 pm

    Glad you can get something from my ramblings. I’m getting pretty anxious for some warmer weather so I can get back to building instead of just writing about it. Besides, my blogging of the progress is very nearly caught up to the stage the boat is hibernating in.

    I’ve moved her extraction to the back of my mind for now – figure I’ll have atleast another year before it needs some serious consideration.

    Thanks for the encouragment Steve. Be sure to keep us updated as your build develops.

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