I went out for coffee with a friend the other day and conversation turned to my build.
“I’m calling it Sukha, Sanskrit for bliss or happiness,” I proudly proclaimed.
“Soo-Kha”, I pronounced, then spelled it out.
“Better not call it that or people will be calling it “sucka”, as in sucker,” my friend laughs.
Hmm. I hadn’t thought of that. Doh! I guess how I think of it is most important. 😉
Most of today was spent bringing another friend to medical appointments. He has a broken hip and needs a LOT of help getting around. Not much hands-on boat time. That’s ok. We’ve been friends for 40 years.
So, here is where I stand on the Sukha build.
I now have two rear backbones for the boat extended with a butt joint and the bottom curve marked and cut. By the way, use a very fine-toothed jigsaw blade and you won’t chip up your beautiful Okume.
Perhaps tomorrow I’ll lay out the front backbone. No extension needed there, though I’ll lay it out in two pieces, and will join them together later.
While waiting outside doctor’s offices, I spent about 4 hours today looking at the plans and comparing them with the pictures of the one build so far. I noticed a lot of details I hadn’t seen before.
For instance… There is no outside tiller for the two rudders. They appear to be linked and are controlled with lines leading into the stern. I also finally noticed a tiller in the left hand of the skipper in one of the pictures. (below) I am guessing it is mounted under the rear cockpit floor with the lines going through the stern from the rudder to pulleys and then leading to the inside tiller. I think. It makes sense so that is probably what I am going to do.
With the added cockpit and the internal rudder the first frame may look like this:
Rudders are mounted on the stern, frame zero.
The original plans call for the boat to be 4.5 meters. Yann Quenet, the designer, also drew up a set with a total length at 5 meters, which is what I am building. Follow the YANN link to see the plans page. Reminder, the plan details assume you are a professional builder on this design. I understand his others do not.
The first build was done by Alexandre Badri. Thanks to Bateaux (check this link for a story about this boat) for the use of their images. I’ll always try to link to their article. Let’s give them some traffic as a thank you. And Alexandre, wow, you do nice work!