Table of ContentsBuilding the Frames
- The Utility, part 2: The Keel
- The Utility, part 3: Stem and floor battens
- The Utility, part 4: The Chines
- Reinforcing the construction form
- The Utility, part 5: The Sheers
- The Utility, part 6: Fixing the chines
- Fairing the Utility
- Still fairing
- More fairing on the Utility. This time, the transom.
- New plywood & more chine fixes
- The Utility: Progress on the 2nd set of chine strips
- The Utility: Chines finished. Fairing completed.
- The Utility: Preparing for Planking
- The Utility: Trimming the floor battens
- The Utility: Fitting the first planking panels
- The Utility: Incremental progress on the planking
- The Utility: First planking panel attached
- The Utility: Rough fitting the first forward panel
- Side planking? Well, almost...
- Planking progress stalled by need to encapsulate stem
- Success of a simple marking gauge
- Preparing the stem for encapsulation
- The Utility: More incremental progress
- Sometimes it's the obvious things
- The Utility: Finally a little progress
- A kitchen scale saves the day
- Fitting the Utility's port side planking — and a little more progress on the Zip
- The Utility: Attaching the last of the side planking
- Next stop: Transom.
- Raptor stapler meets transom
- The Utility: More progress reveals new trouble spots
- The Utility: New motor; first bottom panel cut
- The Utility: No sudden moves
- Incremental progress on the first bottom plank
- Finally, the first bottom panel is dry-fit
- Raptor staples? WHAT Raptor staples?
- Completion of dry-fitting the starboard bottom.
- Look at the bright side. It could've been worse.
- Completion of starboard bottom.
- Bottom port forward is dry-fit.
- All the bottom planking is fitted. However...
- Shimmin' O' Chines
- 4th of July in the boat shop
- Butt blocks on the port bottom
- Planking completed.
- Fiberglassing begins.
- The Utility: Fiberglassing continues.
- New Year. New Promise. New hope I'll get this thing in the water this year.
- More fiberglassing photos
- Starboard Fiberglassing Finished
- Fiberglassing Completed.
Painting the Hull
- Not so shiny now...
- Crisp Transom Edge
- First coat of primer
- Two Coats of Sea Foam Green
- A little touch-up & Pull the tape
- Drilled for the Bow Eye
- Trailer and a Paint Job
- Two More Coats of Whidbey White
- Independence Day weekend in the boat shop
Flipping the Hull
- Trimming the sheers
- More interior progress
- Quarter knees cut & fitted
- Quarter Knees Attached
- Musings on how to make the seats
- The seat support turned out great.
- Seat Blocking, Kind Words, and a Testimony
- Finally got the center support glued down
- Seat blocking & epoxy's love affair with tape
- The For'd Thwart
- Waxed paper works better than painter's tape.
- False battens, blocking for deck framing, and shiny stuff
Preparing the Interior for Paint
- Encapsulating the interior
- Labor Day weekend in the boat shop
- Minor epoxy miscalculation turned out fine
Painting the Interior & Building the Seats
- Back to work
- A little more painting
- ...and a little more painting...
- And the painting continues.
- Laminating the front seat; More painting.
- Front Seat & Epoxy Progress
- Finishing up the Whidbey White
- Epoxy work on seats, sheer, and Zip parts
- So, that didn't go quite as planned
- 1 seat attached. 1 seat coated. Primer finally on sheer.
- Yeah... Something about like that
- Slow December days
- Merry Christmas
- The Great Boxing Day Miracle of 2015
An Admittedly Half-Hearted Application of Flotation Foam
- Recent sinking has me seriously reconsidering flotation foam
- Moving forward on the front bulkhead
- Pouring the flotation foam
- Progress on the forward panel
- Cutting the deck panels.
- Gluing the deck panels together
- Completing the butt joint on the deck.
- Deck Attached
- Self-adhesive automotive trim as a rub rail
- Attaching the deck hardware brings new problems
- Troubleshooting, repairs, and a valuable intro lesson in wood filler
- Epoxy & Varnish
- Utility and Zip updates: Varnish & Mahogany
- Sand. Varnish. Sand. Varnish. Repeat.
- 90% done. 90% left to go.
Electrical & Varnishing
- Building the battery mount
- Incremental progress on the battery mount
- Battery mount installed & a few other things
- The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly...
- Utility christened.
- Bilge pump installed
- Testing the Rule-Mate 500 bilge pump
- Glen-L Utility: Impressions so far
- Learning about horsepower and props at G10
- New Year's Eve.
- New year. Old trailer.
- Bolting the motor to the Utility
- Spring maintenance on the outboard motor
- Lessons learned from rowing
- A simple remedy to the rowing issue
- So, how does it row?