Building a wooden boat finally bubbled up on my “list”. As my son Tyler commented, it is a perfect hobby for me combining 2 of my favorite interests: sailing and woodworking.
I didn’t need to build very large boat to satisfy this dream. At the time I started a build, we still had a Corsair F-27, a wonderful sailing machine. We picked up a Beneteau First 35 along the way. (Fortunately, my brother Jim has the Corsair – it is so fun and fast!). But a sailing dinghy, capable of rowing, provides a very different sailing experience. Plus, if light enough, we could potentially put it on top of our SUV and explore new water.
I decided on a cedar strip construction, but just could not find any plans that suited me. Several emails to designers yielded less than satisfactory responses. Finally, I found the website of renowned French naval architect Francois Vivier (www.vivierboats.com) There’s a great article on him in Classic Boat Magazine. His Morbic 12 caught my attention. However, it is a clinker plank design, and a little heavy for car topping. Corresponding with Francois, he proposed a slightly smaller version 11 ft. that he could modify for a strip plank construction. Sold! We worked together on some details for the general arrangement, sail plan, and decisions to use a dagger board and rotating rudder.
On 11/30/2016 I downloaded the very comprehensive plans and was quite pleased with the package – well done Francois!
Finished building her on 3/30/2018. I had a small handful of questions along way to Francois, which he answered promptly and clearly. As a first time boat builder, with not much wood working experience since high school, I was able to figure things out and pull it off.
Link to a fairly detailed construction blog with she was built is HERE.
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First sail was on 5/3/2018 at Hagg Lake, Oregon. Paul Pryor, great neighbor, helping with the launch. Lorena was there to photo-document all the action! Sailed nice – very happy!
Short video clip of the first sail.
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