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    I'm finally building my boat.

    I lofted the station moulds for her about six years ago, but we moved to a place with less room to build a boat, so she went on hold. I have borrowed a place to build and am going to make all the bits and pieces in my shop, then assemble them in the borrowed space. This is going to be a slow project, so don't look for frequent updates.

    She he is the John Welsford designed 6 Meter Whaler. She's double-ended and glued lap with sawn stringers and plywood ribs. She is just gorgeous. I am adding a small cabin, which I drew onto someone else's photo and it looks nice with a cabin. Sails are tanbark with an Egyptian cotton main with my Cross of Saint James trademark on the main.

    This is going to be a very seaworthy boat. She has a 4' steel centerboard, which I will make from 5/8" 316 stainless and will foil myself. I love making foil shapes. The plan calls for 1/2" only rounded on the leading edge and tapered the last 3", but I got a slightly thicker piece so I can foil it end to end and keep the designed 80kg weight. image.jpgimage.jpg

    This is an edited image of another person's boat to show my cabin design.
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    Salty looking craft.
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    You need Mad Leo's help, you would have to be mad to take his project on..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKJagvumvCI

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfuPTLSBQfY
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    Nice lines. Nice cabin design; it fits nicely.

    I've never sailed a lug rig; always thought they were loose-footed. Has Welsford provided any comments on that?

    With three reefs, it looks like you're going to be ready for almost any wx. The smaller the boat, in my experience, the harder it is to manage reefing as the wx builds, tho. A six meter LOA isn't much in the rough stuff. If you get to the third reef, you might be better off just dousing the sail altogether. Or don't go sailing in a whole gale in the first place.

    Keep us informed as you go; we'll wait, since life in the Islands is still a bit on the raw side these days.
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    Way to go, Malcolm! Nice design. When does it start?
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    Looking forward to the build!
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    Sorry, folks, been on vacation in Colorado looking for Fenn's treasure. (Didn't find it, but had a great time.) Thanks for the replies.

    James, I chose the design because of the rocker, tumblehome, and double-ended design, all of which will do well in my neck of the woods... ER... Ocean. I also just love her lines and the planking really sets it off nicely. This has a 180 pound centerboard that draws 4'. As for the lug rig, she is loose footed with a balanced spar, i.e. Balanced lug which gives more control versus a sprit rig. I really love the versatility because they can be reefed and still keep cg balanced like a gaffer. Per John Welsford, she can also sail balanced with just mizzen and foresail, or mainsail alone. I really like that versatility. I also like that she will take a following sea well, which down here in the trades things stack up and waves get steep faces. We kind of surf our way around when running.

    Chris- I had not seen that video. Nice! Look at that guy's workspace!!! That's quite a project he has taken on.

    Julie, I have some travels ahead for the next month, then I build the roof for the carport. The build has started in that I actually lofted the plans to 1/8" plywood templates years back, which will be traced off to the Okoume marine ply for station moulds. I'm awaiting a quote for the stainless steel for the centerboard, and shortly will order the plywood as well as spruce for spars. Mahogany I get locally and will be used for brightwork. Everything is being prefabricated in my little shop, then will be taken to the carport to assemble. I also made the plugs for the gudgeons and pintles a while ago. Link won't copy/paste for some reason. Go to YouTube and search for "Making rudder gudgeons for bronze casting 6m whaler." I goofed because I pre drilled the holes in the casting, then realized that will not work with sand casting, so I filled those in.

    Bruce- For the 316 and laser cutting it will be over $1,000 plus shipping, but to ship carbon steel here, foil it, ship it to the galvanizer, and then ship it back, the 316 actually is reasonable because I ship it one time.



    Quote Originally Posted by James Waldron View Post
    Nice lines. Nice cabin design; it fits nicely.

    I've never sailed a lug rig; always thought they were loose-footed. Has Welsford provided any comments on that?

    With three reefs, it looks like you're going to be ready for almost any wx. The smaller the boat, in my experience, the harder it is to manage reefing as the wx builds, tho. A six meter LOA isn't much in the rough stuff. If you get to the third reef, you might be better off just dousing the sail altogether. Or don't go sailing in a whole gale in the first place.

    Keep us informed as you go; we'll wait, since life in the Islands is still a bit on the raw side these days.

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