Monthly Archives: January 2011

The Big Picture

My wife Gail informed me that she was having difficulty showing her friends photo’s of Alice Gale.   I haven’t included any photo’s of the entire boat for sometime.    Of course she is right and so here are a few big picture photos  of  “Alice Gale”

Starboard View

Transom View

Looking forward

Looking aft



Posted by on January 28, 2011 in Building Stage


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Odds and Ends

Here are few photo’s of various construction details.

Mahogany trim above seat height

For the stem I added a mahogany trim piece above.   Turns out I was a bit short on my stem height after plank attachments.  This trim piece brought it back to specifications and also added a bit of beauty to the stem.   The mid section will be painted hull green.

I added mahogany trim to stem

Here is a view looking aft.   Shows first coat of varnish on the gunwale and the fitting of the floorboards and seats.  I used tile spacers to establish a standard width between boards.  You can also see the horse traveler and fairleads on the transom.   These parts where ordered from Classic Marine.

board spacing

Here is a closer look at the u leads.   The length was longer then expected and I had to add spacing blocks.   Not sure if this was an order mistake, but I like the results.

I needed a back block to fit the Classic Marine U type leads

The bronze horse from Classic Marine is of great quality.

Fitting horse to transom

And here is a view of the rudder installation hardware.


Posted by on January 23, 2011 in Building Stage


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Floorboard installation

Last year I cut and  sealed the floorboards.  This week I drilled and dry fitted all the boards into the boat.

I used tile spacers



New boards cut to fit hull

Finger holes cut in removable boards

I also drilled and fitted the seats.

Counter sunk screw holes to be plugged


Posted by on January 22, 2011 in Building Stage


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Finish wood work on Gunwale

I have finished the final wood construction of the gunwale.  The lower ceiling pieces have been added around the deck areas.   As specified in the plans I added backing chocks on the forward deck.

support blocking added under gunwale

Last gunwale piece

filling low spots with wood filler

Sealed deck also, but soon to be canvas covered

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Posted by on January 10, 2011 in Building Stage


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Birthdays, Holidays, and finally a Tiller

I haven’t posted for almost 6 weeks.   I have worked on Alice Gale during this time frame but much more time was spent on a slide show for my Dad’s 80th birthday party and the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.   I had a great time with family and friends during the past weeks and I couldn’t be happier.  My dad’s party was a great success and holiday meals with friends and family where outstanding.   I also got a little ski holiday in between Christmas and New Years.  Mammoth Mountain was in excellent condition with over 100 inches of snow on the ground.

Back to Alice Gale.    I finished basic work on my trailer modifications.   I ordered some custom sized u-bolts to replace the four stressed bolts in use.  I still need to wire the trailer for lights, but I will wait until I have Alice Gale already on the trailer.   It’s time now to work on the boat again after what has felt like a long lay off.

I ordered the majority of my final hardware items from Classic Marine.   These parts came in during the holidays.  The workmanship and quality of these parts are remarkable. While expensive, each part is a work of art.

I have completed work on my tiller, while also working on the rudder.

Sapele Mahogany laminated to match width of shaped tiller

Working on the rudder and tiller shape

Ready for Varnish, with end ball installed

You can also see that I have installed the 4HP Mercury outboard.  Here is the motor mount prior to installation.

Measured and cut, ready for epoxy sealing amd mounting

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Posted by on January 3, 2011 in Building Stage


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