Research Complete

Great news – the research phase of the sailboat project is complete! Over the past six months, I’ve gone through every portion of the boat to develop a plan for the final stages of construction and installation of systems. Here’s the basic structure of my research:

The reason I decided to spend six months researching was multi-faceted.  One reason was due to noticing that when working on the boat in the past, I would get ready to start a project, then realize that I still hadn’t considered “x, y or z”; greatly slowing down progress and making decisions less sure. As a sailboat is a network of interrelated components, a decision in one area affects a number of items down the line, forcing one to have a complete understanding of how the final arrangement will come together.

Another reason for all this research is due much to my own lack of experience with boat building and sailing. Six months ago, I had the basic construction techniques down, but I wasn’t quite fluent in the language of sailboats. This prohibited me from making decisions for fear of choosing an improper selection. Now, I have much more confidence in my knowledge as well as more confidence in how the final boat will come together.

At this point, I am completely ready to start construction and am hopeful that the next few months will be the greatest progress on the project thus far.  Get ready, because it’s about to get very exciting!

2 Responses to Research Complete

  1. i have a 1966 bristol 27 hull # 139 cockpit coaming sanded thin any sugestion on replacement wood?

    Submitted by: Steven Selckmann on May 17, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    • Hi Steven and thanks for your comment. I’ve also considered replacing my cockpit coaming and should I end up replacing them, I will go with teak. The reason for this is that it weathers well and I want to let all my teak go grey. There are other alternatives to using teak including mahogany, Ipe, Wana or Iroko (an African hardwood). Let me know how your decision making progress goes.

      Submitted by: Andrew on May 18, 2011 at 5:52 pm


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