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New building project:

36'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.

building frame on floor





frame in place on shop floor


laminating table





in our loft we built a table to assemble the laminations


pallet of plywood







the first of two shipments arrive, 4000 lbs. of plywood, all cut to shape


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



bulkhead #4





our first bulkhead in place, about in the middle of the boat


assembly line











assembly line of bulkheads, each bulkhead is two layers of 12 mm African mahogany plywood.


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


transom hanging in air









Here's a transom ready to be placed. Let me see, bow or stern?


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.