Welcome to the Sea Dreamer Project! This is the story of a complete boat building novice and his family with no previous nautical experience constructing a 41 foot Diesel Duck in the backyard of an Upstate New York home. This George Buehler designed trawler yacht is a blue water cruiser designed to cross oceans. Built mostly of home center lumber, epoxy and galvanized hardware, this boat is within the reach of an average person. It's the internet boat project for the rest of us!
Saturday, October 8, 2016
When building any structure layout may be the most important part. Trying to take accurate measurements over long distances is not going to cut it with a 12' tape measure. A 100' surveyors tape measure and a quality 25' construction tape measure are essential. I used non stretch masonary string lines and heavy rebar stakes to lay out the foot print of my build. I used a helper to take careful measurements and adjusted as necessary. Frequent diagonal measurements will confirm the lay out is square. The goal is perfection but that is difficult to accomplish for the amateur without a laser setup. I was happy to be within 5/8" of square over the 45' length of the knee walls.
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