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Hitia 17

This time, we planned to head down to some abandoned grain elevator or such about 12 miles from Paris Landing. Susan waited at the mouth of the harbor to take some pictures of me while I launched the boat. Once can do this in about 20 minutes with planning and practice. Noticing a favorable wind, […]

Here are a few photos from the first sailing excursion on the Tennessee  River near Paris, Tennessee. On Saturday, I made a quick sail out of a blue polytarp and wasn’t even sure if the stitching would hold together. We launched the boat and started motoring out through the little harbor until we entered the […]

Well, I haven’t updated this in quite a while, but I have finished my boat.  Well, I should say that the boat is usable, but perhaps will never be 100% finished. About a week after the last post, on the 28th of July, I launched the boat. Rather than deal with dissembling the boat, transporting […]

For about a month now, I’ve been rather busy at work, so there has been no work on the boat. Good news, I finally am going back to the old schedule, so I should be able to work faster on the boat. Very excited. Prior to the sabbatical, I actually glassed the bottom of one […]

I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks but I have still been making slow progress on the Hitia 17.  At this point, I’m on page 5 of the plans, and the beams have the fillets done. I also picked up the rudders and coated them with epoxy. I’d done those months ago but haven’t […]

This Saturday I got a late start on the boat due to needing to go into work, but Susan helped a bit so it wasn’t a huge hit. She worked on the hulls a bit sanding the insides  to prepare them for the decks.  Meanwhile, I built a second hull cradle out of scrap wood […]

Quick update on the Hitia 17 build: On Saturday I started the cross beams by cutting out the plywood for the “webbing”, the butt blocks and the compression blocks. I glued it all together and used a pnuematic finishing nailer to nail the pieces together. I continued the beams on Sunday by glueing on the […]

Didn’t do anything this week, but yesterday I worked a good bit on the boat. I wired in the rest of the bulkheads, glued in the diagonal hull stiffeners, and did the epoxy fillets for the keel and bulkheads. Finally, I also built a new hull cradle, this one with wheels so that I can […]

This weekend saw a lot of progress on the Hitia 17.  No longer is it a jumble of plywood parts on the garage floor. It looks like a boat. This weekend I glued the sheer stringers and keel pieces together to make them long enough, glued them to the hull panels, then started the drilling […]

Just a quick post from an iPod so no photos or anything too long. I’ll probably write another post this weekend anyway.  It has been raining a lot this weekend so no cottage work. I finished the hull sides tonight  and in 12 hours or so I’ll start drilling the wire holes and lining up […]

Well, this past week was a fairly slow week for build progress due to not having materials. About all I could do was continue to coat the bulkheads and other internal parts in epoxy. However, with new funds and new tools, the build jumped forward. In fact, I feel that I’ll start stitching by mid […]

Today I got a chance to work on the Hitia 17 some more. It was mainly just a few hours of sanding and double checking to see if everything was ready to try coating with epoxy this weekend. The problem is that the temperatures are going to be fairly cool and I”m not sure if […]

Didn’t really do much during the week but did get a bit done this Friday and Saturday. I drew out the stern and stem posts as well as the rudders from the 1/2″ plywood.  I’m going to do some more sanding this weekend to make sure all of the parts are smoothed out and ready […]

Last week I ordered the epoxy resin, hardener, and “handling items” such as the pumps and brushes for the initial epoxy steps of the Hitia 17.  Today I received everything but the hardener. I’m wondering if the hardener was in a separate box under a different tracking number, but I’ll just have to wait and […]

No photos this post but a short update on the progress of the Hitia 17.  We spent about 6 hours this past week on the boat cutting plywood and have nearly finished cutting up the 1/4 inch sheets. All that remains is the aft deck and then we can cut up the single sheet of […]

This weekend, we started to build the Hitia 17. On Friday we discovered the only place nearby that sold decent exterior grade plywood was in Nashville, so we drove down there as the snow fell. We arrived at “Nashville Plywood” about 15 minutes before closing and got all the plywood needed for the project, plus […]

As promised, some information on the Hitia 17. First, I’d like to that some additional study has yielded much improved clarity to the process. It seems less complicated, at least the first couple of pages.   Now, for some links. The first of course is to the actual designer’s site. There are a number of […]

Well, since I’ll be living here for a while, and I have a pretty nice workshop to use, I decided to take advantage of my current situation to start a project that I’ve dreamed about for years. A few years ago I discovered  the designer James Wharram who offers plans to make catamarans ranging from […]