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progress!!

Finally began the process of creating the building frame and the moulds for the Whilly Boat. I am using what is now  billed as pine trim boards (mine are 2 x 6 in 16' lengths) for the building frame side beams, and yellow pine boards in 1"x 2" dimension for the diagonal bracing. I am using the same pine for the spreaders on the mould bottoms that will attach to the building frame. I have selected 1/2" MDF sheets in 4x8' to create the moulds.

Why a Whilly boat?

In the search for a boat to build, I was very interested in a Nordic style boat as I am 1/2 Norwegian and a few years ago I participated in a class put on at the San Francisco Maritime Museum by Wooden Boat School back in the east. We built a Nordic Pram, which was a lapstrake type fastened with copper rivets. It was a beauty, and so simple using just the eye and some bevel angles that the instructor had preselected. Hand tools were the only things we used to do the work, and in one week we had a boat to row in the bay.

I wanted something a bit more planned out for me, as there would be no instructor to keep me guided in the correct direction as we had in the city. I wanted a Nordic style, I have always liked double enders, and Iain Oughtred had some nice Nordic designs and plans for building that seemed to have a good level of detail.

I sent for the plans and when they arrive, I will be taking photos of the progress and post more news on this website. Stay tuned.

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