Boat building – the Flying Saucer #1

I’m an excited man.

I received the plans from Glen-L Marine yesterday for my next boat – a 12′ 3″ runabout called a Flying Saucer. The plans, let alone the boat, are a thing of beauty. It’s all printed on blueprint paper, so there’s a warning attached to not expose the plans to extended sunlight or they will fade, and not to get the plans wet, or they will run.

The boat was designed by Glen L Witt in, I’m guessing, the 1960’s. It will, when finished, seat up to four people – perfect for my family of two adults and two kids.

It consists of two cockpits – the rear seats the driver and one passenger, and the forward one two more. Powered by up to a 25 hp motor I’m expecting good things.

I have no idea when I will start. But as the project is likely to take a year at least to build I’m learning to be patient. I suspect that I’ll buy materials in a piecemeal fashion and work slowly and methodically through the plans.

This will be my second boat – the first was the Minimax which was essentially two pieces of plywood separated by 7″ of pine. The Flying Saucer on the other hand is a ‘proper’ boat. It has ribs and a much deeper hull and I’ll have the option of cladding the deck with either ply or mahogany planks. I suspect this will be entirely dependent on my budget at that point.

It’s also going to require a trailer, unlike the Minimax which is small enough to strap to the roof of the car.

So wish me luck. Keep checking back to see progress.

In the meantime here are a few pictures of other Flying Saucers so you can get a sense of where I’m going to end up.

The Flying Saucer from Glen-L Marine

The Flying Saucer from Glen-L Marine

Line drawing of the Flying Saucer

Line drawing of the Flying Saucer

Snow in Cuba

Ok, so not the ‘real’ Cuba – more like Cuba Street in Wellington. A beautiful short film by Irish film maker Ro Tierney.

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Snow in Ngaio – worst dump of snow in decades

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Video by Alan Doak

Shot on an iPhone 4 over a one hour period.

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