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.
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, 6 to go, everything has to be carefully aligned
installing the stringers, tabbing with epoxy fillets and biaxial fiberglass cloth
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.
The first bottom panel ready to be set in place
final topsides panel as viewed from under the stairway
bottom and topsides get coated with a 6 oz. layer of fiberglass, and a layer of dynel for abrasion resistance, epoxy resin is used
When better to paint the bottom? The keel and the bilge keels have been added.
Gang of 4: the owner and workers
One of two come-a-longs operated from a short "diving board".
Up the boat comes.
the boat in mid flip
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.
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.
Starting to cut away the bulkheads at the level of what will be the cabin sole.
At the stern quarter, two cutouts are made for the outboard motors. The motor mounts themselves have yet to be installed.
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.
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.
200 gal. water tank lined with fiberglass and epoxy. Then a special potable water coating. Note 4 cleanouts for the 4 chambers.
Port side seating, but really a place to put all our junk.
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
Here we go! The completed port saloon seating, including mahogany table built by Ivan Stancioff.
starboard seating looks pretty nice too; The electrical panel just forward of the cushions
the galley all painted; note the fish turn buttons carved by the owner
The head has a composting toilet (Airhead) and a sink. The sole slopes into a drain which connects with a shower sump pump.
looking aft from the stateroom; plenty of storage space; hanging locker and standup desk just to the left out of sight
Looking forward in the stateroom. That's a double bed.
The helm. Power is twin 50 hp Yamaha outboards located in wells. That's an electric windlass to the left.
Launch Day! We jacked the boat up so the boat hauler could drive under.
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.
The boat comes off the trailer and into the travelift slings, about to be lowered into the water.
There she is! In the water after a year and a half of construction. This is Rockland Harbor. Note the solar panels.
And this is Rockport Harbor. About a ton of ballast makes it set very nicely on its lines.