Still plugging away…

I’m still plugging away on my other projects. I’m just about done with the build of a 12′ sailing dinghy. I have just a few hours left on the construction, and then I’ll start the paint and varnish. I should have it done by April, which means I’m still on target to start the Fafnir build in May.

Shortly after I finish the construction of the sailing dinghy, I’ll be ordering the Fafnir plans.

That’s all for now…

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New Year

Over the holidays I managed to get a handle on all of my outstanding boat building and home renovation projects and come up with a high level plan of when I can finish all of those projects, and thereby start my Fafnir build. Unfortunately it looks like I won’t be starting the Fafnir build until May. I’ll use the time between now and then to finish up my current projects, and start to buy the supplies and materials that I’ll need for Fafnir.

So it looks like there won’t be much progress on Fafnir over the next few months. My posts on this blog will probably be few and far between during that timeframe as well. Stay tuned…

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Happy Holidays

Taking some time off from work to spend with the family. In addition to enjoying the holidays, I’ll be doing some planning for next year, including figuring out when I’ll be starting the Fafnir build, as well as how the hell I’m going to pay for it 🙂

Happy Holidays to all!

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Fafnir Plans

Fafnir was designed by John Welsford, and the plans are available on John’s web site, as well as on Duckworks (see links in menu bar under image at top of page).  Click on the image below for more information regarding the Fafnir design.

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First Friday Post

I’m going to try and post to this blog once a week, most likely on Fridays.  Like I said in my previous post, it’s going to be a little while before I start the build.  In the meantime, I’ll finish getting my space set up, and start to order some materials.  I’ve already ordered a case of latex gloves from Jamestown Distributors, as well as a bunch of 2″ chip brushes from Duckworks.  I’ve also cut and split a lot of firewood to keep the woodstove in my shop running all winter long.

So nothing too exciting going on yet… stay tuned…

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The start of a grand adventure

Welcome to my blog documenting the building of Dharma Bum – A John Welsford Fafnir.

Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve dreamed of building a sailboat and sailing around the world. Now, some twenty five years later, I’m finally getting around to building the boat, but the dream has evolved over the years.  I doubt I’ll ever sail around the world, and now am more inclined to just dink along the coast of New England for a week or so at a time.

After investigating dozens of designs, I’ve decided on Fafnir, designed by John Welsford.  I seriously considered building a Welsford Swaggie.  I even bought the plans.  And if I ever do decide to sail around the world, I believe Swaggie would be my choice.  But Fafnir will be much cheaper and easier to build, and definitely appeals to my minimalist personality.  I also considered a few beautiful designs by Tom MacNaughton and Paul Garthside, but Welsford’s construction methods seem to be more within my abilities.

My boat will be named Dharma Bum, after the novel The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac:

“… the whole thing is a world full of rucksack wanderers, Dharma Bums refusing to subscribe to the general demand that they consume production and therefore have to work for the privilege of consuming all that crap they didn’t really want anyway… ” – Jack Kerouac

I’m hoping to start the build very soon.

Stay tuned…

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