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Bio: I like boats that sail and are of wood.

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  1. Hi,
    I’m intrigued with your approach to building the Schulz F1 kayak. Such a wonderful little boat. Earlier this summer I attended Brian’s build workshop in Astoria, OR, in which all five of his designs were made. I registered as an observer (I’m from Maryland so didn’t want to deal with the added expense of shipping) but actually wound up working on multiple boats, and thus was able to experience the entire building process in a semi-linear fashion. I’m hoping to build an F1 myself this winter, although I’m waiting on Brian to complete the set of plans that were a promised part of the course.

    I see from your site that you have serious building and nautical skills. Also, I gather from your blog that you are located in the mid-Atlantic, so if you ever have time to show your F1 and build process, I’d really appreciate it. Or just allow me to pick your brains via email. A first question I’d like to ask is where do you normally purchase boat building lumber? I am currently living in Silver Spring, MD.

    I’ll look forward to exploring more of your site this evening.

    sincerely,

    Steve R., MD

    1. Steven,
      Thanks for your note. If there is any “method” here, it is one showing perhaps a lack of confidence in getting Brian’s design right, thus the molds. I did see his beginnings of plans. Good to see that. I cut out rib material today (oak). I’ll soak them for a few days before steaming. Would be happy to show what I have whenever.
      More later- EB

      1. EB,
        Thanks for the reply. Fabricating and installing the ribbing is interesting, albeit a bit intense. In Brian’s class we used clear, unseasoned oak, ripped and planed to size and then steamed them in a PVC tube chamber using a wall paper steamer. Brian did not pre-soak the oak stock as he felt that one could over-steam the wood, so the ribs were steamed for a set number of minutes. I think we processed the ribs at 6-7 minute intervals and as we removed the current rib, we’d add one more in the series, working from bow to stern. We used a heavy leather strap to guide the bending, flexing/working the rib back and forth to obtain the desired conformation, this taking at least several minutes, before slipping the ribs into the gunnel mortises.

        All stages of the Astoria workshop build were videographed and an edited video will be included with the plans Brian will be offering for sale later this fall. Those of us in this summer’s class were promised the package for free, mainly because we often had to break while filming was taking place. Actually, I found the repetition very helpful because he moves at a pretty brisk pace, so it was good to catch a breather and a review. I was going to mention the partial plans that he has on his website but I guess you’ve already got those. And, by the sounds of it, you’ll have your kayaks finished before his plans are made available.

        While the construction method for these boats is very forgiving and adaptable on the fly (at least Brian makes it look easy), I like the idea of the molds you came up with. I plan to build at least 2 and I think the molds would be a useful aid to standardize design and to set the stringers.

        I gather you live around Richmond. Although I live in Maryland, I think my favorite places to paddle and kayak fish are the Piankatank River and Mobjack Bay. I’m hoping I’ll have time to get down there in early November.

        I’ll look forward to your next installment here and I’ll keep you posted on my progress to getting my own boat started.

        cheers,
        Steve

      2. Steve,
        Thank you for the additional insight. I’m currently soaking the ribs. Many bigger boat builders do the same before steaming frames. We’ll see how it goes. I may use a PVC pipe and tea kettle. I haven’t ordered the ballistic nylon and coating yet. I want to make sure I have something to cover! Brian’s video of the sewing is most helpful.
        Regards-
        EB

  2. Peter Green

    reading this with a skin full of red wine, as the storm outside beats against my tensioned boat cover, over an almost completed 12′ lugsail dinghy (fron the pen of Paul Gartside). Beautiful site and engrossing videos, I am really enjoying your approach to sailing…. (and I’m in Australia)
    Peter

    1. Peter,
      Not sure I was sipping red wine, but I do remember sitting in my “soon-to-be” UNA and dreaming about our future sailing. So, thank you. Are you sharing your build? Is it Paul’s Riff design? I don’t think he can draw a bad boat. Been wanting his “Plans and Dreams”. Maybe Santa will get my letter this year?
      As you can guess, winter is closing in fast here. Sounds like it is fitfully leaving you. My daughter and I did get out for a brisk sail yesterday with lunch on the hook in a favorite spot. Perhaps we can squeeze in another before the year is out.
      Cheers-
      E

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