Jeannie Teal - new houseboat

       The hull of this boat is designed by Sam Devlin of Tumwater, Washington. He created the stitch-and-glue boatbuilding method and indeed wrote a book about it, "Devlin's Boat Building".
The interior design with all its details are the creation of the boat's owner, Gordon Bok.
       The boat has a shallow vee bottom, with transoms at both ends like a scow. Construction is of marine plywood. The plywood panels get cut to shape with a cnc machine.
       The hull is being constructed upsidedown on a building jig.

cnc cutouts

this is what the plywood looks like, the shapes cut by a cnc (computerized numerical control) machine.
pieces get assembled like a jigsaw puzzle

3 bulkheads erected

3 bulkheads erected, 6 to go, everything has to be carefully aligned

installing stringers

installing the stringers, tabbing with epoxy fillets and biaxial fiberglass cloth

planking pieces like jigsaw puzzle

Planking being glued together on bench upstairs. Note the puzzle joints cut by the cnc machine. The planking is 2 layers thick and the joints are staggered.

plank hanging in air

The first bottom panel ready to be set in place

last plank being installed

final topsides panel as viewed from under the stairway

resin being rolled onto the bottom planking

bottom and topsides get coated with a 6 oz. layer of fiberglass, and a layer of dynel for abrasion resistance, epoxy resin is used

bottom of the boat all painted

When better to paint the bottom? The keel and the bilge keels have been added.

the 4 people most involved in the boat

Gang of 4: the owner and workers

hoisting the boat

One of two come-a-longs operated from a short "diving board".
Up the boat comes.

hull suspended on its side

the boat in mid flip

the hull almost upright

Bit of a problem, a jammed block. We added a come-a-long and a hoist, and cut the block away. Here she is almost upright.

fully upright

Upright! Note the temporary reinforcing added in a couple places on what was the downhill side when the boat was being turned over. Didn't want the straps to crush the sides of the hull in mid flip.

view of interior

Starting to cut away the bulkheads at the level of what will be the cabin sole.

photo of stern

At the stern quarter, two cutouts are made for the outboard motors. The motor mounts themselves have yet to be installed.

image of bow

At the bow, there's a little foredeck. The helm will be located in that open area. The cabin front and side is being roughed in. Temporary steps allow access to the interior.

photo of cabintop beams

The cabinsides and cabintop beams being installed.Note the bracing for the cabinsides to hold them canted in 2 degrees. MDO plywood is used for the sides.

water tank under construction

200 gal. water tank lined with fiberglass and epoxy. Then a special potable water coating. Note 4 cleanouts for the 4 chambers.

port seating with all our junk

Port side seating, but really a place to put all our junk.

galley before painting

galley area, forward face of saloon. Sink, 2 drawer refrigerator, inset for a stove top, diesel cabin heater, cupboards overhead

cabintop with coat of epoxy

cabintop with coat of epoxy

finished port saloon seating and table

Here we go! The completed port saloon seating, including mahogany table built by Ivan Stancioff.

starboard saloon seating completed

starboard seating looks pretty nice too; The electrical panel just forward of the cushions

galley - all painted

the galley all painted; note the fish turn buttons carved by the owner

head showing toilet and sink

The head has a composting toilet (Airhead) and a sink. The sole slopes into a drain which connects with a shower sump pump.

cupboards in stateroom

looking aft from the stateroom; plenty of storage space; hanging locker and standup desk just to the left out of sight

stateroom berth

Looking forward in the stateroom. That's a double bed.

helm area, windlass to left

The helm. Power is twin 50 hp Yamaha outboards located in wells. That's an electric windlass to the left.

boat on truck

Launch Day! We jacked the boat up so the boat hauler could drive under.

boat in our driveway

What kind of boat comes out of the shop, but never went in? A brand new one! Here's a good view of the outboard motor wells and the stern canopy.

boat in travelift slings

The boat comes off the trailer and into the travelift slings, about to be lowered into the water.

In the water

There she is! In the water after a year and a half of construction. This is Rockland Harbor. Note the solar panels.

boat at Rockport Harbor

And this is Rockport Harbor. About a ton of ballast makes it set very nicely on its lines.