Hello world!

So I’ve got some time off for Christmas and I decided I should make a website to document my homemade sailboat and related travels. This project is just too big and wide ranging for a single page on my personal website, so I guess I’m now a blogger!

I’ve added a few sections at the top. One section for all the building pictures separated by category, and another for trips. So far I’ve only done short day trips, but if I do longer adventures, I might make a new section to house those articles.

I started building Moga in May of 2018, and launched her in June of 2019. I didn’t work on it much during the fall and winter as I was hunting or it was cold, so maybe 8-9 months of work.

2 thoughts on “Hello world!

  1. First, you have built an amazing and beautiful boat, and inspired me to attempt to duplicate your work, although I feel your talent greatly surpasses my own. That said, I have to try and see what I’m capable of.

    Question: When you say you scaled up the boat 12.3%, do you mean the whole boat is 12.3% larger then the plans? If this is so, did you plug all the dimensions into a CAD program and enlarge it? Or do something else.

    Thanks for posting the detailed build on the forum. It really helps others visualize the process and see all the work that goes into building a boat. It a little overwhelming to see all that has to be done on a project like this, so it’s encouraging and discouraging at the same time, for me anyway.

    I really like the First Mate, and yours is a beauty.


    • Hi there! My boat is 1:1 scale, you’re referring to fossilfool’s build on the wooden boat forum. I think he scaled all the dimensions 12% rather than just stretching it out.

      My build thread is here: http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?241672-Building-a-Ross-Lillistone-First-Mate but all of the build pictures and commentary are also on this site which is hopefully a little easier to navigate.

      It is overwhelming looking at all the effort required to make a boat, but it’s really not difficult work. Just think of it as a lot of smaller, easily accomplished steps. I found I could get bogged down for weeks thinking about the next step which ended up not being that hard once I’d started. Just keep working at it and eventually you’ll get it done!

      Thanks for your comment, and don’t hesitate to write me if you need any help or clarification on how I built mine! It’s a really great boat and sails well!

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