The 3 Boat Building Necessities. Part 2 of 3: Space

20140728_000038Space: I have consumed my entire basement for my boat building addiction. It provides plenty of space for the 10′ – 16′ boats I build. Unfortunately, to some degree, space is one of those things that you either have or you don’t. If you live in an apartment in the city, you’re sunk again. The only option would be to find space elsewhere whether it’s borrowing a friend’s barn, or finding some space you can rent. Otherwise, I’ve seen builders build in their garages, in their living rooms, outside under a tarp, and even on the deck of their 50′ sailboat. You can build a boat just about anywhere the walls, doorway, and ceiling provide enough space for the vessel. (Disclaimer: If you decide to build a boat in your living room and your wife leaves you, I am NOT responsible).

Measure the boat, measure the space, and decide if it’s possible. Keep in mind that sanding generates quite a bit of dust and epoxy does not come off of that 1972 shag carpet. It can be a messy ordeal so be prepared for that.  Lastly, once the boat is built, make sure you have the means to get it outdoors. I’ve heard many stories of folks having to cut their newly built boats in half or to cut a hole in a wall to fit the boat out. As Alexander Graham Bell said, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”

To be continued…

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2 Responses to The 3 Boat Building Necessities. Part 2 of 3: Space

  1. I live in Vermont, USA, I have to build in the backyard, during the twelve sunny days we have each year 😉
    I just toss a blue-poly-tarp over whatever I building…
    I’ve built two sailboats (Harley-8, OZRacer–formerly a PDR).
    Three canoes (Andrew Linn designs — two Yaquina’s and one Willamette)
    Each build took the summer, I had FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    OH, I also work Full Time (with mandatory Over Time) every week.

  2. Hi Stephen,

    I love it! Plus summers up there in VT are what, about 10 days long? haha! I’d love to see some pictures if you have them online anywhere. Feel free to email me a link at jed”atsymbol”


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