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After building my cabin hull and seeing an empty shed, I got to talking to a fellow that's in the process of working towards retirement and he was looking  to get on the water at the end of his career. So I said while I was constantly being sent to my doghouse when being bugged by the bride about honey do projects not getting done I may as well be productive  over the winter and build a boat. ? 


This was the first fully cut jig that's now being offered in stages, in my case as the jig gets fine tuned. We will be going with an engine bracket , replacing the engine mounted on the transom and splashwell.  I think there can be an alternative option  if you wish of a full hull extension I suppose from talking at great length.  This will be a slow process and redundant for many that's watched the cold molded process of a hull. But I will add some eyewash slowly on occasions .  

I will give a shout out to Ken [Kennessee ] and a lot of positive feedback from his two seasons on the water that helped in the planning stage. This helped in some decision making in the hull tweaking that will make a positive impact in the completed hull layout down the road. 

And thanks to Alan and Graham for responding to  many questions and listening to us for months on end to get us to this point. 


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Hello all,

I am the guy that has been hounding Oyster for close to 2 years now with questions and scenarios. I saw his previous boat for sale on CL and we got to talking about a Bluejacket build. Much like Ken, I really fell for the look of the OB designs. Since I have limited boat building experience (rebuilt a S&G kayak last year) and still working full time plus, I decided to have Oyster build the hull for me. I have been in construction and carpentry for my whole life so hoping I can handle the cabin work. Been lurking on this and other sites for about 3 years soaking up knowledge. I plan to go down to his shop a few times to help with the build as well. I am also planning the boat shed now so it will be ready when we flip the hull and load it on a trailer. Thanks for having me on this great forum.


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Bowbert I don't know if the full set of plans are avaliable. I do have related sheets that details the jig setup, with comments printed on the pages reflecting the setup of the parts.  I have been plowing along on some parts details and gluing up the fixed frames and stringers. I have cut the deck cleats that goes along side of the stringers and when the hull is flipped this added area gives you plenty of area to secure your decks in place . 


I have all the side battens cut and edge routered and plan on coating them with sealer before installing them in place. I have used solid mahogany for the foward deck beam glued to the main foward bulkhead. Yes that's a wee bit more weight than using plywood for the side frames. But that's just me.  Just some misc shots 

bow jigs , bulkhead in place.JPG

foward deck beam .JPG

main cabin frame.JPG

roughed in bracket parts.JPG

wooden cleats for decking.JPG

glued up puzzle joints.JPG

foward most bulkhead.JPG

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Hey Oyster, I am really looking forward to following your OB26 build, am new to the joy/frustration/challenge/experience of boat building (have started my first, OB20 last year, would have loved the 26, but even the 20 only just fits the space I have). I really appreciate the experience and craft you and others bring to this forum. Has been invaluable and envy-inducing. 

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Well its been a slow go with several distractions. But I am slowly making my way to planking the hull. I have the bottom ready to glass, but  I am doing some additional details to the bottom and some inside tabbing to the main bulkheads while its upside down. I have the bracket done and did change the horn timber setup  bringing one of the layers along side of one of the keel members and the other one is butted and fastened in place to the main keel.   


I am also adding a small skeg and have brought the foward end down the forefoot and tapered it out half the way down. This will have a glass shoe on it and hopefully will be a buffer when beaching in shallow water cruising.  






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