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Herreshoff Buzzards Bay 14ftr By Pete48 - SMALL 3/4" = 1'- 0" - Finished


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This morning I woke up and Deciced that I would start the Buzzards Bay 14 ftr . I was originaly planning on building Capt Nates 12 1/2 , However I cannot find the plans for it (the last time I saw them was when I was planning on a full size build) anyway, I do have the plans for the Buzzards Bay 14 ftr. wich was designed by Francis Herreshoff (son of Nathanael Herreshoff) a slightly larger version of the 12 1/2. (12 1/2  is the water line length) The Buzzards Bay has a 14 foot Waterline. I still plan on building the 12 1/2 in the future. Here is what I have so far

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Hi Yambo, Although at first glance they look the same, The Sakonnet daysailer  has a Hard Chine hull,and The Herreshoff has a rounded bilge. if you were to compare them side by side they are 2 completly different boats

 

Best Regards,

Pete

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Pete,

My aunt owns one of these, built in Eastport, Me. I think. I've sailed it a number of times. A mighty fine craft; good and solid; lots of mahogany. I'll certainly be following your progress. Did you decide on a scale? (sorry, just read the headline, duhh!)

Tom

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Thanks Tom, Its a beautiful Boat, one I have always wanted . Now that I have gotten my feet wet again,( I had a 11 year break from Boat Buildiing.)( Full Size and Scale models) and now have a few Lobster Smack's under my belt . I am ready to Build This Boat.  I am going to build her with cut frames and a strongback. ( that way I can R.C. her if i decide) I like the idea of being able to sail her.

 

Best Regards,

Pete

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Hi Yambo, Although at first glance they look the same, The Sakonnet daysailer  has a Hard Chine hull,and The Herreshoff has a rounded bilge. if you were to compare them side by side they are 2 completly different boats

 

Best Regards,

Pete

 

I should have picked that up from the first plans picture but had a senior moment I guess.   :)

 

Looking again and spending a bit more time, it looks a lovely little boat. 

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I Started by Taking 1/8" X 4" Basswood and lofting the lines (profile ) drawing  on it. And  I am using 3/32" X 4" for the frames and started lofting them out as well , I did get a few frames cut ( I see myself going thru alot of #11 Blades) Here are the results

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Last Night I was able to squeeze in a few hours , So I finished cutting the frames that I had laid out, ( I cut out the frames that will give me a basic shape first) I only have to make 5 more frames . Nothing has been glued together and I used a piece of masking tape to hold the Transom on (its crude but hey it works ) To this point everything has gone smoothly. Here are the results

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This afternoon I finished cutting all the frames , I re lofted the Transom and changed it out so that it will line up better with the Cockpit Coaming. To this Point nothing has been glued, and the new Transom is being held on with masking tape, I still have to true up all the frames and finish sanding the new frames. Here are the results

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Hi Sailor1234567890, All my Prior lofting has been done on full scale, I can relate my first full size was a simple Windtward Sabot (like a Pram) this had to be over 25 years ago, I set up the building jig and started putting the plywood on and relized I had made a mistake when nothing lined up . I had to redo the entire building jig Big lesson learned . The boat ended up turning out beautiful

 

Best Regards,

Pete

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Well it happened, I found the box containing the Buzzards Bay , I was begining to think that I would never see the box again . I unpacked all the frames and the keel and dry fit all the frames, There are 3 frames that I will replace with new ones and square everything up and start building. Here are the results 

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Today I started by squaring up the frames in the Cockpit section. I then decided to cut in 2 Cockpit Floor Stringers, ( 3/ 32 " square  stock )I figured I would square and plumb this section of the boat first. ( this would be from stations 6'- 0" to 13' - 6" ) after that section was glued , I then installed the rest of the frames working from the cockpit to the Bow. By working this way has kept the Boat square and plumb ( I am very pleased ) Next will be to install the rib bands the Transom and fair the frames. Here are the results

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Yesterday I installed the Transom and started fairing. Today, I finished fairing the Frames to get it ready for planking, I then soaked  1/4" X 1/16" X 24" strips in alcohol . After the fairing was complete, I then was able to get 4 rows of planking installed . Here are the results

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