Clipper's Vera Cruise Build

Clipper's Vera Cruise Build

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lumber Purchase Plan

The building plans include a list of materials to aid in purchasing lumber. However, if I were to buy lumber as listed, I very likely would spend more than necessary to acquire the wood. Furthermore, I am deviating somewhat from the building plans in that I intend on doing a laminated keel rather than a solid keel and the planking of the hull will be a lamination of thinner plywood and mahogany strips.

The reasons for the deviation:

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Blueprint Easel Completed

I've completed building the easel to hold the blueprints. It was a good warm up exercise for woodworking and taught me to make sure and make a list before going to the hardware store. Saves wasted trips and prevents spur of the moment purchases!

I've also added a link to the photo gallery where construction photos will be visible. The link is in the toolbar to the right of the posting.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Look And A Small Bit Of Progress

Been pretty busy with things other than the boat but I have managed to get a couple of things accomplished.

I haven't ordered the lumber yet because I haven't had time yet to sit down and figure the best way to buy it, nor to find the best deals. I hope to do that this weekend so that I can purchase next week. But I have been thinking of how I want the boat to look. This actually has a bearing on the lumber purchase as well because I've decided to go with a natural wood finish on the sides and cabin.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Boat Construction Plans Have Arrived!

I am in a bit of daze right now now, so this entry will be short.

The first thing I did was open up the package and look over the contents. Iincluded in the package were five large sheets showing all the construction details of the boat. Additionally, there's a set of detailed step by step instructions for construction, an illustrated guide of building the hull, a bill of materials, a catalog of parts, and numerous other miscellaneous pieces of paper. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


This is where I am going to document the building of a Glen L Marine wooden boat. This blog will have highlights of the construction and a link to a photo gallery will provide more detailed images and construction details. The link is not present yet, but will become available when I have images to upload.

This boat is a cabin cruiser style boat, 21 feet in length and will most likely be an inboard / outboard style. The design name is Vera Cruise. The boat's actual name hasn't been decided yet. She was designed in 1956 and reflects the styling of the time.

I have ordered the building plans and begun the process of setting up a place to build her.

In the meantime here is a teaser image.