There is a question that no one seems to have asked. What is important to you about the project
. Is it the enjoyment of creating a work of art or do you actually want to go sailing?
We built a 39 foot world class cruiser in about a year and a half - with time out to make the money
to build the boat and take a holiday in the middle of the worst of our BC winter weather
- we were building outdoors with no roof of any sort! (plus we build another 39' hull
(which I sold) The second hull
took two weeks to build and glass). "We" were - myself, with 20 years of boat building experience - although this was my first strip planked boat - Nancy - then a new friend, and her two teen aged sons - all 3 with little to no boat building experience.
The advantages of building a strip planked hull are many. They fair themselves to a large degree and if you use the technique we used on Timeless you can build it over a fairly simple set of temporary frames set fairly far apart and edge nail the strips as you go. If you glass the outside then roll the hull over you can knock out the frames, glass the inside and use the bulkheads, berths, seats, cupboards and tanks
as stiffeners and an integral part of the hull strength. The quality of the wood does not have to be as extreme because the glass adds so much strength and, if you do a careful job of the glassing, the wood shows through beautifully inside the boat.
Planking and glassing a twenty odd footer should only take a couple of weeks for the hull and deck
In such a small boat I would glass in the bulkheads and any tanks
into the hull before I put the deck
I would put a lot of camber in the deck and the deckhouse roof since it adds strength without weight and will help the boat to right itself in a knockdown situation.
Nancy, who had previously only designed houses, designed the Timeless after an intensive period of study that lasted from October til March at which time the hull design was completed! During this period of time she only took short breaks to eat and slept whenever she couldn't keep he eyes open any longer! My role of teacher consisted of answering questions - mostly about why the authors of different boat design books
sometimes had wildly differing opinions as to what made a good boat! We started looking for a place to build the hull in April that same spring. Because of the tight financial situation we built the boat outside in an industrial complex! We finished the hull and deck in a month - including the glassing! The lofting and temporary building frames took a couple of days and was done on three sheets
laid out on the ground. We only lofted the stations not the profile or sheer. The very accurate drawings were done at 3/4" to the foot and the maximum discrepancy was only an 1/8" in a couple of spots on the full sized lofting! One thing we did learn was to shape the leading edge of the temporary stem - so the strips end where they should!
Building a precise model will take about the same amount of time as building the real thing but will of course cost much less and will teach you all the same lessons!
The big advantage of a model is that you will find out if all the stuff you need or want will actually fit in the hull! The biggest disadvantage is that if you are a certain type of person you will be uninterested in doing the exact same thing twice and will never build the boat - know yourself is the first rule
Of course if you do not know yourself yet - boat building will certainly teach you who you are! There is an old saying that time spent building boats does not come out of your lifespan!