Topic : USA Hazardous Boat Building Project - August Update


Hope all are well! Another month has gone by quickly. In August I purchased a full set of sails, fitted the first gunwhale lamination and... well, you'll have to read and see the rest... but the hull is finally off the building frames!

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Posted: 08/09/2013 20:19:02
By: Julio Arana
 Superb work ....

Posted: 08/09/2013 20:27:00
By: Andy Hay - Business as Usual
Its really looking good
Great sails arrived,now need your carbon,any news from the builder

Brilliant work, can't wait for the next installments

Posted: 08/09/2013 21:17:10
By: rob 3708
A great achievement to produce what you have done. I think the hull looked great in clear epoxy from the pictures. Keep going, we look forward to your monthly instalments.


Posted: 09/09/2013 07:27:48
By: David

She's not just looking good, that is a fantastic job you are doing. Can imagine the feeling of satisfaction you have.


Posted: 09/09/2013 10:30:29
By: Miles
Julio coming on very well.

When will you be cutting teh self bailer holes in teh bottom of the hull?

Posted: 09/09/2013 16:04:12
By: mark barnes
Andy, thank you for your comment!

Rob, I sent the specifications to the carbon spar company. Waiting to hear from them this week.

David, thank you and agreed.

Miles, I'm all smiles!

Mark, thank you. I'm working with Keith on the details.

Posted: 10/09/2013 05:59:27
By: Julio Arana
When finished that is going to be one gorgeous boat;she's looking rather wonderful now.  It's strange to think that when I was younger, what you are doing was hardly noteworthy as so many people built their own boats (of all sorts of classes) almost as a matter of course.  In my first sailing club a boat built for rather than by the owner was almost a curiosity.  So I think it's sad that what you are doing is nowadays so unusual but it's great that you are doing it, and fascinating to read your monthly blog.  I find myself looking forward to each successive instalment.

I can only imagine the feelings you'll have as you take the helm and sail her out for the first time; I'd love to be in that position!

Posted: 11/09/2013 13:18:57
By: Derik Palmer
Thank you, Derik. Indeed, times change. Who knows, in a few years it may be possible to use an industrial 3D printer and print a hull at a reasonable price. My hope, however, is that others will be encouraged to build a wooden Merlin Rocket. It is a very rewarding experience.

Posted: 13/09/2013 05:08:58
By: Julio Arana
Would be great to see her in Woodenboat Magazine...I'll contact Carl C if you like?

Posted: 13/09/2013 16:46:47
By: Andy
Oh and Watercraft too, over here!

Posted: 13/09/2013 16:47:30
By: Andy
Julio - we will have to change the class rules to bring them into the 20th century first! Let's get CNC technology captured then we can think about printing a boat! Looking forward to next months instalment already. Sail number "USA 1"?

Posted: 13/09/2013 20:01:31
By: Andy Hay - Business as Usual
Already a USA 1 an original hazardous built a few years ago,there was a link to the sit somewhere

Posted: 13/09/2013 22:04:18
By: rob 3708
Here's link to USA 01

Posted: 13/09/2013 23:29:27
By: miles
Yes, USA 01 belongs to John Keeling. He now lives in Washington State. I connected with him a few months ago and he shared with me the details of his mast design and supplier here in the USA. John is on his second mast now since a tree fell over the first one and damaged it beyond repair. His spar supplier will most likely build my carbon mast too.

Posted: 14/09/2013 05:29:49
By: Julio Arana
Must be time for the September update. Can't wait to see how she looks.

Posted: 09/10/2013 12:50:21
By: Miles


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