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Caledonia Yawl – Chapter 12: Sea Trials

Naturally it was an absolutely flat calm day when we took the CY out for her first sail. ­We put up the mainsail, but accepted reality by puttering around using the Torqeedo 1003 Electric motor. She moves easily through the … Continue reading

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Caledonia Yawl – Chapter 11: Paint and varnish are complete. Let the rigging begin!

We’ve spent the last few weeks watching paint dry. Oh, and enjoying the holidays with our families. Finally the paint was hard enough for us to reassemble all of the interior parts – centerboard cap, thwart, side benches and floorboards. … Continue reading

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Caledonia Yawl – Chapter 10: Paint and Varnish, Part 2

With the exterior painted (except for the sheerstrake), we now move to the interior. Sanding all of the interior surfaces is time consuming, but care and attention results in a superior finish. We prefer a satin finish on the interior, … Continue reading

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Tirrik is complete!

We completed the Tirrik in time for the 2011 Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, Washington in early September. The weather was perfect for the festival, so the Tirrik gleamed in the sunlight. We love participating in the … Continue reading

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Caledonia Yawl – Chapter 8: Getting ready for paint

There is a lot of prep work to get ready for undercoat. We are also doing a lot of sanding and filling, and epoxy coating of plywood end grain. Graphite filled epoxy on the interior surfaces of the rudder head … Continue reading

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Caledonia Yawl – Chapter 7: Gunwales and motor well

The mast, yard and boom are ready for finishing. The centerboard is shaped and the lead insert is poured. The rudder trunk is assembled, the rudder blade is shaped, and the tiller is ready for finishing. The side benches and … Continue reading

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Caledonia Yawl – Chapter 6: Continuing the interior

Although some time was spent recently getting ready for and attending the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, Washington, we still have made a lot of progress. We picked up the King KB-910 trailer in mid August. These galvanized trailers … Continue reading

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Caledonia Yawl – Chapter 5: Interior construction

Once the boat was turned upright, the pace picked up. The centerboard trunk we made earlier was installed. We then added the forward brace and trunk cap. One day was “Floor Day”, where we made all the floors, which strengthen … Continue reading

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Caledonia Yawl – Chapter 4: Starting the spars

We picked up lumber to make the spars. We are fortunate to have easy access to Sitka Spruce. A small mill an hour from our shop brings logs down from Alaska and grades and mills the wood to our specifications. … Continue reading

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Caledonia Yawl – Chapter 3: Turning her over

A lot can happen in a few weeks! We reached the first milestone the last weekend of July, taking the boat off the mold and turning her upright. This means all the planks are installed and the keel and stems … Continue reading

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