Sukha Build – Day 8

Sukha Build – Day 8

Living in a house for 32 years has advantages and disadvantages. On the downside: I’ve done a lot of hobbies/interests and don’t excel at organizing it all. Also, my son is storing all his woodworking and mechanic tools and supplies in my workspace and doesn’t organize that well, to put it mildly. I’m running out of room, and certainly, I am feeling crowded in my boat build.

So, yeah, I needed to get back to making space in my garage and shop. I made some progress on that today and I did more work on the three backbone pieces. Still slow progress.

I hope to be this far within a month. I am moving slowly, purposefully, and just a little too cautiously, perhaps. And, it is cold out there!

The furnace was serviced yesterday. The furnace “guy” asked about building boats, saying he’s seen a lot of things in people’s basements, but never a boat build. “What do you do first?” he asked. I said, in brief, get the pieces ready, build a strongback, and start putting it all together.

Later: I cut out the front backbone. I haven’t trimmed the front slope into the bow section. I’ll do that soon. In the picture below the boat is 16’6 inches long, give or take, and the “living area”, between the two small pieces of board, is 7′. Note that the angle of this image distorts the perception of the pieces.

This morning I watched some videos of dinghy camping. Sukha is dinghy sized, but with its cabin and bunks, it is a luxurious dinghy. This guy has a great setup, but luxury doesn’t come to mind. Rustic and charming, maybe. I think it’s worth a watch.

Reminder: Guiclémanac’h is the name of the design.  Sukha is the name of this particular boat.  Sukha is easier/possible to say, so I’ll mostly write Sukha.

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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 of 5 meters, which is what I am building.  5 meters is 16.4 feet. Follow the YANN link to see the plans page.  Reminder, the plan details assume you are a professional builder on this design so no detail is given on things like hatches, windows and joinery.

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!

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