There are many people who would like to own a sailboat but the first thing they think of is how much it would cost to buy one. Did they ever think of building one? There is nothing more rewarding than being out on a mild summer day in a sailboat you built with your own two hands.
It will take some woodworking knowledge and a lot of patience but building your own sailboat will give you a huge sense of satisfaction, especially when you can add details to fit your lifestyle or your personality.
You should choose a plan that meets your needs if you do not want to buy a kit. Look for one that is the size and design that you desire to build. If you have no previous woodworking experience keep in mind that you should find one that is reliably easy.
Purchase the materials for the required plan. The wood is the greatest expense in building your own sailboat; do not go cheap, your safety may depend on you buying high quality materials.
It is best to mark your plywood before cutting it to ensure accurate cuts. You can either use exact measurements or you can use a pattern and trace it onto the plywood and then cut it. Using exact measurements is the most accurate way of marking, however, tracing a pattern is usually the quickest way. Take your time and carefully assemble your sailboat following your plans exactly. Cut your plywood carefully and assemble your sailboat. You must allow all parts to dry before moving on, if you rush things you risk your boat falling apart when you are sailing.
To ensure that your boat does not leak, you should seal the joints and seams of your sailboat thoroughly with epoxy and fiberglass tape. Start by sealing the inside of the boat first. Once it is dry, seal the outside of the boat.
Before you attach the sail you can add any desired details to your sailboat such as a storage area. This is your chance to make your sailboat the boat of your dreams. You can personalize your boat by painting it any color you wish and adding a design that reflects your style. Be sure to use a really good quality marine paint and make sure it is treated thoroughly before launching your boat.
At last, assemble the sails of your boat following the plans exactly. Attach the sail to the mast of your boat and you will be ready to take it out for a test ride.
Source by Victor Epand