About Stan

(Sept 2009) Early retirement and some time on my hands.   Gail has gone back to work for another school year and I am taking the opportunity to build a boat in the garage.

I am not much of a wood worker, certainly not a craftsman in any way.   Building this boat will be an experiment and a learning process for me from the first day.

The challenge of doing something new, out of my comfort zone, is appealing to me.    I look forward to the many hours of applied study during this project.   My learning methods are to immerse myself in the task at hand and research as much as possible before moving forward.

I don’t know how the boat will turn out, but I am committed to a quality construction, using quality materials and finishes.

(March 2011)   A lot has been accomplished on “Alice Gail”.   I am so pleased with the Ebihen design and the build so far.   The boat has exceeded all my expectations and desires during the building process.  I am closing in on the final build steps, (just a few more months I think) and I am excited to get her on the water.  I am a little nervous about being finished.   So much of my available time for the past year and a half have been spent on the pleasures of the build, that I am afraid I may become a bit melancholy.     I have never been in any hurry to complete any single phase of the build.  Each part has been a new experience and I can only say that if you have any desire to follow your dreams of building a boat then please don’t hesitate, jump right in, use the Internet to learn what you don’t know, buy a few of the great reference books available, obtain the right tools and have a great time.

(November 2011)  Alice Gale is finished and launched.  A number of sailing days have been completed and I have a few more ideas for future changes.  I am currently blogging my adventures now rather then the building process.  All in all, two years after starting the building of Alice Gale, I have to say that this has been one of, if not the greatest activity of my life.  I could not have been happier the past two years having the opportunity to create a boat I am extremely proud of.  I exceeded my expectations in every way.  I had no idea that I would be capable of making a boat, much less one that has received such high praise from the people that are most important to me.  I truly believe that I have grown exponentially as a person, and not just as a craftsmen, but as a general human being with an increased ability to speak, share, and engage with others.  Strange that such a singular activity as my boat building was, how it progressed over time into a common subject and point of contact for so many others.  Now that I am traveling with Alice Gale, I have had the opportunity to interact with many individuals.  It is quite rewarding to have a conversation with a stranger who simply wants to admire and appreciate a fine looking trailerable boat.



29 responses to “About Stan

  1. Wilhelm Laurie

    September 20, 2018 at 11:14 am

    Hi Stan, I really enjoyed reading the blog of your build and I will be visiting your blog regularly during my build. I’ve just bought the plans for the Ebihen 16 and should start my build in a few months. I noticed that you used a strong back/building jig when the boat is in the upright position. The plans didn’t come with the dimensions for the jig. Can you perhaps send me the dimensions for the jig you built?

  2. Joe Micallef

    August 2, 2018 at 12:44 pm


    I’m taking extremely long building my ebihen- but finely to the stage of flipping boat back upright after completing planking. I used your idea of clamps on either end to get the boat upside down so I could plank it. But I can’t see how the clamps will work now. I have a bow eye bolt- again as following your example- and I think this would work to lift and flip the front end. But how to lift and flip the back??

    How did you do it? Your blog has been invaluable- probably wouldn’t have got this far without it. But I have to admit I’m stuck.


    Joe Micallef

    Text 651 428-7041

    • twsg2009

      August 2, 2018 at 7:54 pm

      The turn over was somewhat uneventful. I drilled a bolt hole through the transom in a location that will be covered by the rudder pintle and installed an eye bolt. Lifting the boat from the bow ring and the temporary transom eye bolt I was able to turn the boat by hand without additonal help. An extra hand would be useful in all cases but personally wanted the challenge of doing all the mechanical work without help. I used a few ropes to limit an out of control weight shift but did not have any issues with the boat wanting to rapidly switch positions during the flip. I guess caution is in order as it really depends on the location of your bow ring and temporary transom eye bolt. My positions resulted in a very balanced boat during the turn ove​r. Be sure to protect the wear points of the hull as the boat is turned, (here two extra hand​s would have been helpful), as the lifting clamps will shift around the eye bolts and in my case I did mar the finish in two locations and a bit of repaint will be required in these spots.

  3. Joe Micallef

    June 1, 2016 at 7:04 am

    I have been following your blog closely for years – actually almost 6 years- since I started building an ebihen myself. Your blog has been enormously helpful – I finally had to write after successfully employing your bow and stern clamp system for turning the boat over for planking- see your January 2010 posting. It worked beautifully!

    I’ve really enjoyed your videos- really keeps me going with project over these last few years to see your project evolve into a beautiful ocean going sail boat. Great inspiration.

    Thanks again for your outstanding blog.

    Joe Micallef

  4. Tolga Sezer

    November 1, 2014 at 2:04 am

    Dear Stan. I bought same building plan (Ebihen 15) last year and will start to build it next month. Is it possible to ask you some questions, when i build my boat by e-mail?

    • twsg2009

      November 1, 2014 at 3:29 am

      I will be happy to answer any questions you have.

  5. Guillaume

    October 7, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Finally did you use “whidbey white” on all the interior and deck? I am looking at buying wr-lpu paint and not sure what color to choose. Please let me know what you used! Thanks

    • twsg2009

      October 21, 2013 at 5:16 am

      I did use Whidbey White LPU.

  6. paula

    August 9, 2011 at 8:01 am

    What will you blog about next? I will miss the updates when she’s done.

    • twsg2009

      August 27, 2011 at 8:53 am

      I will continue to blog our sailing adventures.

      • Robert Hopkins

        April 30, 2012 at 7:39 am

        Saw Alice Gale under sail yesterday in Long Beach. A beautiful site to see. I have been sailing my Ilur here since Aug 2010.

      • twsg2009

        April 30, 2012 at 8:08 am

        Robert, thanks so much. I wanted to say more as we passed but I was also enjoying your boat too. I would have liked to have seen the Ilur up close as it looked stunning from my vantage point. This was our second sail in Long Beach Harbor and the first from the Queens Way launch site. Hope to see you again!

  7. Marco Holdener

    May 8, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Hello Stan

    I wondered what the dimensions of your garage must be…I myself have a 5m/2.10m…would the boat incl. trailer fit there or not. Any comments by you. Wonderful job by the way


    • twsg2009

      May 9, 2011 at 1:54 am

      Hi Marco,
      My garage is closer to 6 m in length (20 ft). While the Ebihen 15 will fit in a 5 meter space, I don’t think you can sqeeze a trailer in the same space. It would be pretty tight if it did. I think it will be centimeters too short. The width 2.10m is wide enough for my trailer (8 ft door). I would find it very difficult to build the boat in this space. I have a 6m by 6m space for building. I would guess a minimum space would be 6m by 4m to build an Ebihen. This includes space for all your power tools and work tables outside of the area for the boat hull itself.

  8. Dale Beckwith

    February 27, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I than looking to build a boat and it look like the Ebihen 15 is the one. It’s in the cost that I’m willing to spent, size in the garage I have, a set of working plans that I can buy, in which you have work though. So if you don’t mind I would like to buy the same plan that you have with the same changes that you have done.So who do I call to make this work if it is Ok.. with you. It sound and look to me the boat you building is Love… Take care

    • twsg2009

      February 28, 2011 at 5:58 am

      Dale, you will have a great time with the Ebihen build. Plans are available direct from the designer, Francois Vivier.

  9. Mark

    January 17, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Hello Stan,

    Been following waith interest. Am considering the Ebihen 16 as I have a bit more room for the build.
    Your progress and quality of build are impressive. Where do you plan to sail her?
    Thanks in advance

    • twsg2009

      January 20, 2011 at 6:34 am

      Hi Mark. The Ebihen is a great looking boat and with patience is a straight forward build. I am in Southern California and plan to sail Alice Gale in Newport Harbor, Dana Point and other ports up and down the coast. We also plan to trailer to larger lakes to camp and sail.

  10. Matthew

    April 29, 2010 at 8:50 am


    I was wondering if you are able to send me a copy of the plans? I would like to build a small model of this boat.


  11. Matthew

    April 23, 2010 at 8:37 am

    I am interested in building the same boat and i was wondering how much you spent on to build to boat. In addition, did you buy plywood and use the plans to cut the pieces or did you order cnc pre cuts. It looks like you traced the pieces yourself and i would like to do the same. It seems like it would save alot more money as well. I’m so glad i found you blog. It is incredibly inspirational and awesome.

    • twsg2009

      April 23, 2010 at 9:58 pm

      Thanks for your kind words Matthew. I have indeed cut all my pieces from plywood as the CNC pre cuts for the Ebihen were not available last year in the US. If you have the time it is probably more rewarding to do it all yourself, but the CNC pre cuts would make the build a lot easier, and much faster. It is interesting that you should ask today on how much it has cost to build as I have just completed a review of my cost up to this point. I have broken down the cost between material, supplies, and tools. The material and supply cost total so far is about $4600 and includes almost all the wood, epoxy, paint, sanding disk, fillers, screws, etc needed for the build. It does not include the future cost of sails, rigging hardware, centerboard, trailer, and outboard motor. These items are projected to be another $7,000 to $9,000. From my calculations it looks like I will be spending around $15,000 to launch. I also have invested in a number of new expensive hand tools along with a few not so expensive used tools. So far my “new” tools have cost an additional $1800.

      • Matthew

        April 27, 2010 at 10:00 am

        Stan thanks for the reply. The cost seems a bit daunting, but this sailboat is awesome. Once i searched up and found your blog, i was like, this guy has good taste. However, I am about to graduate from high school and was looking towards building this boat. I would really like to build the boat but it seems a bit much. I am going to try to figure a way to do it. So good luck with the rest of your work on the boat. ‘

        I just noticed that the plans for this boat is about $500. Is it reusable? I ask this because I am willing to buy the plan after you use it. In addition, i was looking to build a small model of this boat with supplies from a craft store. Is it possible to that you can send the plans so i can make a small model of the boat?


      • twsg2009

        April 28, 2010 at 6:40 am

        Yes the cost of building a quality small sail boat is higher then I initially expected. The hardware cost are high as many parts are custom built and of high quality. Also, quality boat building wood may be harder to source and expensive in the better grades. There are alternatives to lowering cost. You could use lower grade plywoods and use regular latex house paints, and outdoor deck screws for construction for a boat stored out of water and direct sunlight. You could also salvage parts from junk boats, and pick up a usable used trailer. You may also rethink some of the parts for alternative solutions at a lower cost. (edited original response on 11/4/10)

  12. Jamie

    April 10, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Looking good. You have made a lot of progress!

    • twsg2009

      April 12, 2010 at 5:18 am

      Thanks, I continue to work as often as possible on the boat and have done a lot, but not much visually new to show. I need to update my blog this week as a lot of progress has been made in on the keel, garboard and soon to be hidden interior areas.

  13. leoncio vergara

    February 17, 2010 at 2:42 pm


    Congratulations on your work. I am also a fan of Vivier’s designs and Ebihen is my favorite. I was volunteer crew for a year (2006) on the tall ship “Elissa” in my home town Galveston, TX, since then I am in love with wooden boats (Elissa is iron hull, but there is enough wood on her to make one forget that). Unfortunately my work schedule keeps me pushing back starting a project like yours. My immediate plans are to try at a smaller scale first… so I have got plans for two 12-feet dinghies John Brooks “Ellen” and Iain Oughtred’s “Shearwater”… with the second one being the most probable subject… but I cannot take Ebihen out of my mind… who knows.

    Good luck with your project, I will be looking forward to know more about your progress and would like to see one more of these great boats becoming a reality.


    • twsg2009

      February 19, 2010 at 6:45 am

      I have been having a great time building Ebihen. With no time frame established and many construction hours available, I have been making reasonable progress with great satisfaction. I update my blog at least every other week, and I usually have something of interest to comment on. The cost of plans for the Ebihen are really high when compared to other options but I remain very satisfied with my results so far as a “2nd” time boat builder. Having photo’s of the finished Ebihen on the Vivier web site has been extremely helpful. I very much like the lines of your boat choices too. Good luck with your projects, it will be very satisfying.

  14. Duane MacLeod

    January 11, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Hi Stan,
    Greetings from cold Maine. I’m very glad to have stumbled onto your blog. I’m hoping to start a boat this spring and have been looking at the Ebihen 15. I already have the plans and manual to build Walter Simmons’ Christmas Wherry, but can’t get Ebihen out of my mind. Decisions, decisions. I look forward to following your progress. So far I think you have done an amazing job.

    • twsg2009

      January 14, 2010 at 4:12 pm

      Thanks for your comments! I spent many hours with study plans before selecting the Ebihen 15. Each individual will have different priorities to the boat that they want to build. A few of my priorities in choosing the Ebihen 15 included, the need to fit both boat and a trailer in my garage; sufficient stability for some coastal sailing outside the harbor; good looking lines (subjective of course); internal motor well, and a design that looked traditional but had modern construction options, (plywood lamination). The Ebihen offered a number of sail plans and I liked the quality of the study plans and information provided by the builder. One initial turn off was the price of the plans. So far, (four months into construction), I am very happy with both the quality of plans, and the support given by the designer. I have only asked a few questions so far, but all have been answered within a week and were helpful.


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