as the dust settles

I spent sometime getting acquainted with the new sander today.

looks a little bit like a boat

Added some more photos too.

9 Responses

  1. OzzyC says:

    November 3, 2005 at 7:22 pm

    Looking good. One question/comment though. It looks like you haven’t glassed the hull’s outside at all, since you’re building the boat in a cradle from step one. How and when do you plan to glass the hull?

  2. andrew says:

    November 3, 2005 at 8:05 pm

    Good question OzzyC. Sometime next spring comes the “flip”. First she’ll go on her side to attach the keel, then upside down to glass the outside. Kind of a reverse of the process for building a boat like the GT23.

    Eventually we all have to flip ‘em ;-)

    How goes the houseboat?

  3. OzzyC says:

    November 6, 2005 at 1:43 pm

    We took a couple of weeks off, but hit a minor milestone last night, when we laid our first tape seams.

  4. KS8 says:

    November 14, 2005 at 1:16 pm

    Hello Andrew,
    Progress is looking good! The shockwave code on the picture viewer is a little tempermental. Seems you can’t forward to the latest photos without it first loading all of them up to that. With a dialup, that’s a killer. But the boat is looking great. My Caravelle fore dect was spongy too. I went one thickness down and then doubled it up and glassed both sides. No worries now! But ask Jacques before you attempt such a measure. Your deck is higher above the CG and that much extra weight so high up may affect stability. If you biax top and bottom of your current deck, that may be sufficient to stiffen it up without adding the weight of yet another plywood laminate. Let us know what Jacques recommends once you’ve heard. Again, looking very nice! ks

  5. andrew says:

    November 14, 2005 at 9:18 pm

    Hey thanks KS.

    That’s a good point. I’ve thought about glassing the underside but think I’d prefer the plywood route (provided the added weight is within “tolerance”).

    And you’re right – getting to the most recent image in the photo viewer sucks. Your mentioning it gave me the kicked in the butt I needed… I’ve made a small change so now it can link directly to photos like this:

    Also, you can skip the viewer and click the jpg files directly from here:

  6. Derrick says:

    December 1, 2005 at 7:00 pm

    What a sweet boat, I am wanting to start the same project come next fall. I have about a million questions, but wil keep it to just a few. How long have you been working on her? What type of sailing are you planning on doing? What made you choose the VG23? I just got into boat building last year built a little 10′ dingy and I am just dying to get into a bigger boat and go cruisin’ the local pacific.
    Hope to hear from ya and looking forward to see her progress.
    P.S. Have you got a name for her?

  7. andrew says:

    December 2, 2005 at 7:47 pm


    I haven’t really been keeping track of hours or even days but I can tell you I’ve been building for the past two summers.

    As for why the VG23… Keep in mind I’m not an experienced sailor; what I like about the design is the versatily – trailering should be fairly straightforward and she’ll have the ability to do some extended cruising. I live in Montreal so expect to spend a fair bit of time on the St. Lawrence. The building method appealed to me as well – while I had absolutely no boat building or fibreglass experience I felt this was something I could do without making a complete disaster of things (still needs to be confirmed ;-).

    Here’s my email – – keep me infomed as your build progresses or if I can help with some of your other questions.

  8. OzzyC says:

    December 15, 2005 at 3:16 pm

    Looking good. Every time I see someone else making progress on their project, it makes me want to play hookie and work on the boat.

  9. andrew says:

    December 15, 2005 at 7:31 pm

    Heh,heh. Me too, OzzyC.

    Sorry to say you won’t be getting much inspiration from my build for the next while. I “cocconed” the vg23 in plastic a few weeks ago and we’re sitting at -10C in Montreal today.

    The houseboat is looking good. Glad to hear the glassing on her hull worked out. Greg deserves a pint for his heatgun stroke of genius ;-) (One of these days I’m gonna to get a blogger account so I can drop a comment on your blog).

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