Woodenboat

Joshua III (2) – Gartside #116a

3 years of work, 70/hr week was put into this boat. Douglas Fir Planking, white oak sawn frames all copper/bronze fastened. Working with a girl on this project, we had put lot’s of effort into it, lot’s of sacrifice. The dream to live the dream held us focus for a while until we started crawl under debt and where I lost my sanity giving everything I got into it for so long. Divorce and money issue brought this to a end with lot’s of sadness.

 

 

 

  • The end of a adventure, the beginning of a new one… - Dear, I know it's been a long time since the last post and I know my last post may have bring a few questions in your head. It took time to swallow the pill and be able to post it online, but for personal reason which I do not want to spread over Internet it Continue Reading
  • Maybe I just need vacation.. - Human nature is a fascinating experience. We all want something, we all have our own perspective. 2 persons can see the exact same things so differently that they will argue to death for it. Stability, benefit, rent, earning a living is now part of our routine. A big gear where everyone is in, and where Continue Reading
  • It’s a boy! - Darn that life is filled with adventures and emotions! You get it, the little pirate that Catherine was carrying finally get to see the light! It was not planned as desired, everything started with a routine checkup and end up with lot's of medications, surgery and days of suffering & resting. Catherine had a pregnancy Continue Reading
  • On the cover - Have some of you bought the Wooden boat magazine lately? Have some of you noticed the beautiful picture on it? Yes you got it, it is our boat! This sure motivate us to keep going. Routine is on lately: planking, planking, planking. Our helper left last week and I can do about 4 planks a Continue Reading
  • Additional crew - Winter is nice, the month of the snow & calm. All tourist gone, the slow rhythm of back country under way, wood fire in every house and everybody talking about the weather. Winter is also the season where it's the hardest to get things done, sun going down at 3hpm, starting to work at -10celcius Continue Reading
  • We shall see - I am not a writer, never been, never will. Imagine now doing it in a second language... It give you a idea! What i am doing, well this is the question. Communicating with the new fashionable mean of talking. Took millions of year to develop a form of spoken language, to make it disappear by Continue Reading
  • Sailing. - In our years of cruising, we often meet dream that end up like nightmare.I would say that in every port we have found a couple selling their boat for just a airplane ticket to go home, often when their retirement fund was use to buy the boat. Please, movie are not like truth at all, Continue Reading
  • Mast and waiting… - Day's are passing so fast it make us wonder how much longer we gonna stay here... Right now we are working on a 38ft mast that we are building for a boat in the area. The work is fun, but it does have taken us twice more time then expected slowing down the boat building. Continue Reading
  • Planking started - Hello all, Seems like long time I didn't write on the website, but also nothing really happen for a long time. The thing is we waited to order fasteners and what needed to finish projects on the boat as it came from the US. When we finally made that order, Canada post office decided to Continue Reading
  • Shipmate stove - Here it is, after some long weeks of waiting our Shipmate stove arrived well packaged by a helpful Boater (David Gage) in Florida. Even with the wood cradle, the foam inside and the bracing it arrived broken. A corner of the stove, firebrick and a important piece inside need repair. I do not know what Continue Reading
  • New website. - The new website is getting online slowly, this will bring a lot more features! I am still working on it, but should be fully on in the next day or so. I've already imported all the old news from 2004 to today.  
  • 2 days later - Hello all of you, I have to say I am a bit disappointed. Last year in around the same date I've been a bit extreme with a news about a fire into the boat building extension. With the result of that new I thought that you guys will remember it for quite a while but Continue Reading
  • It’s a update. - Hello Everybody! I hope you are all doing well & happy. Life is interesting these past weeks, most of the frames are up and only 2 are needed to be cut so the boat is complete. Sadly the band saw need repair and we should receive the part monday. Meanwhile I started to put fair Continue Reading
  • Hello All - Wow! 2011 is here! Time go so fast! Fisrt, Happy new year everybody! Wish you happiness and everything you need! Here in our little Gaspésie town, everyday is one less until our boat will going to sail! Since the last two months we have been slowed by the Finance. So, during last two months, Stéphane Continue Reading
  • Half way point - Hello all!, well just reading the last post we have done I realise that things have progressed a lot since a month. Half of the frames are up and done : http://lh6.ggpht.com/_gUnliSwWdY8/TOQrxmKHmSI/AAAAAAAACVc/emqOKYgBC0s/s800/P1080402.JPG Still have some finishing to do one them, as it's really hard to get them perfectly straight alone to finishing the socket there Continue Reading
  • It’s going forward! - Hello Folks! I know I don't give news as much as I do. Lot's of work and time fly so much, that I blink from a eye and a week pass by. We FINALLY finished the backbone of the boat, fixing that "#$"#$#" bolt that didn'T went the good way was finally repaired and the Continue Reading
  • It’s crazy how time fly. - It's crazy how time fly without really noticing once the routine is installed. During the last month I didn't really publish anything as it was mostly repairing the pieces that the bolt broke when drive it in (Which I needed to disassemble the backbone to fix), and receiving friends/family that came to visit. So what Continue Reading
  • I know I am late - Hi All! first of all sorry for the delay day's goes by without really seeing it and one day we wake up and it's been already a month. A lot of things happen since our last update and I will try to put everything here well. Let's start with the cutting of our old boat Continue Reading
  • It is done. - Hello all! It is done, our last gluing job was done! After 1 week preparation to cut and glue this 20ft timber for the keel we finally finished all the gluing for the backbone part. The glue amount was perfectly calculated as we finished our last drop of it. The bronze rod are lost in Continue Reading
  • April fool. - Hello All. Well I guess we encounter a difference in culture today. I wanted to let you all know that my e-mail about the boat burning was an April fools joke. What I thought will be a joke that everybody will figure out with the date, turn out to be taken seriously by everyone. But Continue Reading
  • Sad, Sad News. - Hello All, it's quite hard to say this. The temporary wood heater we have put for the extension made the wood dust to caught in fire. Yesterday at around 18h fireman was here to help us out. Thanksfully most of our "home" is alright but 8 pieces out of 9 of the backbone are badly Continue Reading
  • Just keep swimming - Good day all, I hope you are all doing great. Here life is quite changing in the last weeks. Lack of fund slow us down a bit as we run out of glue, during that time I started to do bronze pattern for later on the boat. Now that we got glue again, the stem Continue Reading
  • 2 more. - Hello All, first of all a big thanks to Richard & Helen Weston for their nice donation/gift for Christmas/New Year it is greatly appreciate and will serve to buy the rivets & glue for the frames of the boat. I have put a new page on line showing which part I am working on and Continue Reading
  • Routine - Hello all! First of all happy new year to all! Here it is the routine pretty much, we did bought a electric planer which make me save 2 or 3 days by pieces! We also received a new blade for the band saw, which let me cut into 8" of wood like if it was Continue Reading
  • Nothing really new… - Hello all! Nothing really new in the last 2 weeks... the day pass by with planning and clamping wood to make slowly all the 9 pieces to bolt together the backbone. It take me several days to achieve a 1/64" or less joint between the pieces, they are wide and thick so clamping will not Continue Reading
  • Gluing - Hello all, I know it's been quite a while! Well ... let's see we received the glue we are waiting for 3 days ago. I have done all patterns of the pieces (Profile view) last week, and started this weekend shaping parts for the boat! We just finished to glue 2 big pieces together. This Continue Reading
  • It’s getting there! - Hello all! So here we go received lot's of wood this week. Some really nice quality of it and it smell good into the shed! We started the extension of the shed for the building, we will extend it only 10 ft for the winter then adding 20 ft and move the backbone into it Continue Reading
  • Wood is coming. - Hello everyone, sorry to have been lazy a bit on Internet in the last few weeks. Nothing really new happen in our world now, we became a bit of a routine. We ordered and will receive next week a good part of the wood needed (3000 pounds(1360 kilo) of wood). We bought in the same Continue Reading
  • White oak … No way! - Hello All, What's new since last time ... Let's see ... The lofting is getting there, I am to fairing all the lines in every directions to have a nice smooth hull at the end, it's quite interesting to work on a 3d drawing plan. We got one bad news and one good one since Continue Reading
  • Band saw in… - This week we received the band saw and almost finished to install it. The lofting getting more close to the end, it was a longer process then expected to redo the whole thing, but it is a lot more accurate then what it was! Catherine may have found a job, and slowly everything look to Continue Reading
  • Starting over… - I always said, if something go wrong just start over and it will be better.... Well I didn't like how the lofting came out, so I patched all the holes yesterday and paint all over it today ... 2 weeks job erased. Lofting is a important part, this is where I will get all the Continue Reading
  • White oak news, lofting 3/4 done. - Slowly but it's getting there. Lofting the boat is a interesting and educative experience! The lines are getting there slowly, I take my time to have them fair and my eyes take time too, but I surely love the curves I will need to do! We also received news for the white oak we want Continue Reading
  • It’s getting there! - Yesterday we finished the grid for the lofting, we also bought a cheap car for Catherine so she can found some work around here. Today I installed electricity in the boat shed for the tools everywhere, I was having enough of switching the extension every time I needed a tool! Now that the electricity is Continue Reading
  • Joshua out, Lines In! - Hi, we started the day by removing Joshua from a rented trailer of a friend. Lacking facilities here for doing this kind of job we improvised with what we have found ... Everything worked well as we slowly pull Joshua out of the trailer. We also started the grid for the lofting, the grid it's Continue Reading
  • New pictures again… - New pictures online on the album: Lofting & Installation Have fun.
  • New Pictures - New pictures of the crossing online, click to "view pictures to the right, then choose the : "Atlantic, the wrong way..." Section. Thanks
  • Getting installed - Hello all... So here we are on land getting ready to start our boat building project... Since the 2 last weeks we are working like crazy to finish the boat building shed and build a living area into the roof to live on. We slowly getting things together and begin to have Internet more often Continue Reading