Grapeview Point Boat Works

81 E Grapeview Point Rd + Allyn, WA 98524 + 360-277-9015 +

Building a Glued Lapstrake Caledonia Yawl

Page 1: Getting Started

Just launched - Iain Oughtred's Caledonia Yawl
Grapeview Point Boat Works built Caledonia Yawl, designed by Iain Oughtred. Photo by Donna Roddy.

We got started by heading to the lumber yard and buying fir 2x6s for the ladder frame (our existing one is perfect for canoes and rowboats, but too narrow and too high for the Caledonia Yawl) and 3/4" pine for the station molds. As usual, the wood is full of flaws and knots, but it doesn't matter, since none of this wood ends up in the boat. We’re just spoiled by the quality of wood that actually goes into the boats.

We called Nathaniel Wilson, our sailmaker in East Boothbay Maine. He makes all of our sails since he knows his way around sails for traditionally rigged boats. We’ve sent him a sketch of the sail plan and our requirements. In a couple of months we’ll receive the sails, just about the time we are ready to make the spars

Later in the week we are taking a road trip to Edensaw Woods in Port Townsend, Washington. They are a good source for mahogany and yellow cedar. We’ll also get several door skins. Door skins are great for lofting and making patterns.

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