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July 16, 2013


Its been a hot one, but very productive. Bob and Wendy relocated from beautiful Maine for lovely, but less idyllic, Powelton Village in West Philly. While I (Jonah writing here) toil away at the day job, they have been spending long days in the shop for the final push. I work weekends and a few evenings out of the week. The final punch list before our September launch is deckhouse, (final) engine install, paint, and steerage. As well as the million little details that beset every aspect of this undertaking!

As of mid-July, this is where we are.


This was more of a drag then expected – ages ago I made 18” bulwarks frames, one for every other actual frame below. I then cut holes for them through the deck, and Bob and Wendy installed them. We then spiled, beveled, spliced and installed full-length planks from stem to transom. A few weeks back, right before I took off for a wedding in Ireland, we marked and cut the upper shear.


While the basic framing has been cluttering up the shop for over a year, building the deckhouse only started in earnest this March. We opted for a “Malabar III” deckhouse – the house extends almost to the foremast. On the original 1922 plans, Alden ends the house several feet short of the foremast, opting for a hatch in the deck. However, when he designed the III, which is the same hull with some modifications (notably larger sails), the house was a bit longer. We opted for a bit more space below, trading in some not particularly useful space on the deck.

The house is triple layer plywood, with full doug fir carlins and deck framing, and oak corner posts. It is designed to be entirely removable – the entire until can be lifted out of the opening in the deck. This will make the final interior work (once we get to Maine) easier.

As of this posting, the sides are laminated up, and I am finishing the deck framing. Within the next two weeks, I hope we can get it decked, fabriced (using Xynole again), and painted.


This is the coolest looking progress – while I was in Ireland, Zach came down from New York, we recruited Nic and Sophie, Cliff and Karina to pitch in, and under the supervision of Bob and Wendy, they got the boat painted. They laid down several coats of rustlock primer, followed by brick red antifouling paint below, and a dark green above. The boot top (not done yet) will be white. As always, we are deeply in debt to all of the friends who have pitched in!

More pictures of all of the above to follow.


Starboard bulwark.

Starboard bulwark.

MII Samson post and bowsprite

Starboard bulwark.

Bulwark install.

Bulwark install.

Wendy lays down adhesive.

Wendy lays down adhesive.

MII cabin looking aft

The deckhouse.

Deckhouse framing.

Deckhouse framing.

Bob goes under the deck.

Bob goes under the deck.

Deckhouse beams

Deckhouse beams

5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 16, 2013 11:35 pm

    It’s terrific to see the progress you”re making! We look foward to future posts.

  2. Allen Whitehead permalink
    July 31, 2013 4:54 pm

    Just heard you on NPR’s Radio Times – I’m in awe of your tenacity and comittment! And that goes for your families and friends too! I’ll be following you at this blog site from now on. I’m retired and living in Galloway, NJ. Will you be announcing the exact time and location of the launching? I’d love to come and watch. Also, if there’s ever a time when you need an extra (unskilled) hand for a particular task, I’d be honored to be a part of your project.

  3. jennie permalink
    October 1, 2013 2:00 am

    Hi- I heard your story on npr, as well. Would love to watch the launching if possible! I believe you said it would be around now?

  4. Allen Whitehead permalink
    October 23, 2013 7:22 pm

    Hey guys, Is the boat in the water? I’d love to see a photo and hear how the launching went. If you had to push the date back (understandable), what’s the latest schedule?
    Allen W.

  5. December 2, 2013 7:44 pm

    Hi all – working on a new posting.

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