Category Archives: Road Trip to Florida

To get to our boat we needed to move ourselves and gear from our old home in Sandpoint Idaho. Here is our trip blog as we make our way across the USA visiting!

Boxtop update

All bulkheads but one have been cut and glued together. I’ve started the process of cutting the side and bottom bevels on the bulkheads. Once I cut bevels, I’m doing a rough sand with a 35 grit belt and going … Continue reading

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More glue today

Continuing to glue up the large center bulkheads. These 4 bulkheads are all pretty close in size but have slightly different functions. From the aft #19, this bulkhead includes the dropboard hatch and aft bedroom frame. #15 separates the bunk … Continue reading

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What is Boxtop

Boxtop is a sailboat, specifically a scow designed by Jim Michalak.  Jim is well known for designing very utilitarian boats.  Jim was a friend and a supporter/follower of the late Phil Bolger, a well known naval designer of vessels of … Continue reading

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Bulkhead 22 and 26

Glued and screwed. 22 needs to dry, then get trimmed to correct edge bevels. Then I’ll do an overall sanding, round the joins with latex caulk, and then top with two coats of primer. I’ll leave 1/2 taped off at … Continue reading

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Bulkhead 22

All lumber drying but two. Once dry, the two remaining 2bys will be used to assist in gluing the center ply in place. #22 will be a watertight bulkhead that separates the aft sleeping cabin from the aft deep storage … Continue reading

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Today, what is the process?

I started cleaning up a bit in the shop. Mainly to gather my thoughts on what I should glue today. The lack of clamps is holding me back a bit but I do have a lot of clamps already. I’m … Continue reading

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Productive day!

Ended up cutting out the transom lumber and the bulkhead next to the transom. I brought my other bulkheads in from drying in the sun. Due to an acute shortage of clamps, I can generally only glue four bits at … Continue reading

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