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The Big Tent; Lots of plywood

Bulkheads set up on the Strongback

The Apron, bow knee and chine logs

The apron, breasthook and sheer clamps

Stern post, sheer clamps & chine logs

Stern post, breast hook and sheer clamps

Stern post, chine logs and keel plank

First of two diagonal bottom plank layers going on (note correct beverage)

First bottom layer done; topsides planking is next

The hull is planked; Outer stern post on

The keel looking aft; the gripe is solid yellow pine, the keel is hollow-box

The keel looking forward; the aft bottom will be solid plank; plywood bottom amidship

The finished keel with stern tube installed

The stem/gripe joint in the bow; note wood fillets

The stem; the hull is ready for Xynole Epoxy

The Xynole/epoxy covered hull in primer, ready to be turned over

Righting the hull using square wheels and a gantry

The hull right side up, back in the tent

The cockpit roughed in; lazarette hatch frame aft

The holding tank/head platform

The port side 150 gallon integral water tank (also the master cabin bunk)

The master cabin berth; furring strips are for ceiling planking

Shelves in the master cabin, roughed in

Companionway steps into the aft cabin

Aft cabin; galley drawers

The foc's'le V-berth with foremast tabernacles

Fore deck beams; forepeake locker forward

Looking into the head from the forward cabin; companionway to left

The side deck beams in place

Side deck beams

The cockpit; deck and coamings

Deck underside; I pre-varnish beams and pre-paint the deck underside

Decks are on, ready for Xynole/epoxy

Mainmast tabernacle and stbd side hatch frame above master berth

Solid wood cabin corner

The mooring bitt and forepeak hatch opening

Companionway hatch coamings and coachroof beams

Rabetted coachroof beams for foam core construction; sealed and varnished

Router & template for beam mortises in cabin sides

Hatch carlins

Hatch covers Xynole/epoxy covered

The aft cabin coach roof with hatch turtle and Lewmar skylights

The first bulwark layer being lag bolted

First layer finished

Adding the second bulwark layer

Prying the layers apart to apply epoxy glue

Bulwarks bunged, ready for shaping & Xynole/epoxy

The finished boat in primer

IBIS shrink-wrapped for the summer of 2008

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Upon my return in Fall of 2008, I painted my topsides first

Making cabin top hand rails from teak plank stock (heavy duty)

Finished hand rails ready to be installed

The cabins and decks painted with Dupont Industrial Imron (custom color)

The cockpit, lazarette hatch and pedestal

A Lewmar size 50 Ocean-Series skylight installed (typical)

Cargo hold deck hatch

The deck skylight over the master cabin double berth

The sliding hatch for the forward cabin companionway

The mainmast tabernacle and water tank vent

The galley refrigeration compartment and countertop

Drawers, shelf and saloon table, made from wild black cherry (from my own trees in Maine)

Galley drawers

The rudder from solid core stock ready for plywood sheathing

The rudder core

The rudder with plywood sheathing

Rudder cheeks

The rudder with template for Naca 009 foil shape

The rudder with end plate ready for Xynole/epoxy

The finished rudder in primer

Using a chop saw with blocking to cut scarfs in mast timber

Mast panels ready for assembly (bird's mouth method)

Mast glued up using rope strop clamps

The mast power planed to an octagonal shape

Power planed to 16 sides

Power planed to 32 sides

Using a low-speed body grinder with 8" soft pad for final shaping

Reducing the mast head for the SS collar

Dry fitting the collar--rounding the head

Cutting out booms from solid Douglas fir stock

Using a long twist drill to transfer shape to the opposite side

Finished boom (left); Sawn boom (right)

Gaff jaws cut for laminating shape (mahogany)

Laminating gaff jaw curvature

Boom jaws sawn from mahogany stock

Making bee rail components (mahogany)

Bee rails--one side containes Delrin sheaves

Aligning boom jaws for drilling holes for SS allthread

Stainless steel chainplates, mast collars, rudder gudgeon

Rudder hardware--virtually indestructible!

Rudder hardware being dry-fitted

Rudder pintle

Rudder gudgeon being dry-fitted

Rudder hardware attached (through-bolted)

The rudder hung; Ash tiller in place; Rubrails on

IBIS! Bowsprit on

Propeller shaft, Phenolic cutlass bearing, set screws, ready for prop

The stuffing box and shaft flange plate

The A-frame for tabernacling the masts being dry-fitted

Starting the steel centerboard--frame and sides

Bill Smith welding the upper strut extensions

Installing lead ballast in the centerboard

Cutting for strut welds

The ballasted lower part finished--the upper struts ready for plating

The centerboard bottom is shaped from black pipe

Slot welding the internal struts

The welded board ready for grinding; The hole is for the pivot pin bushing;
Square part stays inside the trunk; foil part becomes a fin keel when deployed

The hollow upper part prior to finishing

The finished centerboard ready for grinding and Xynole/epoxy covering

The cockpit finished

The midships bridge deck, cargo hatch and hardware

The Isuzu 3LD2 ready for paint

Gaff jaws, boom jaws and bee rails varnished

The patent stern (AKA boomkin) roughed out

IBIS with bowsprit, A-frame, rubrails, chainplates, etc

Stern with rudder and rubrails on, ready for the pattent stern

The Isuzu refurbished and ready for installation

A strum box made from PVC

The bilge pump

The water strainer

Fuel pickup installed thru a delrin thru-hull fitting in an integral tank

Fuel return utilising a tank vent

Bilge pump (left); aqualift muffler (right); float switch & strum box (bottom);
Motor mounts P & S

Fuel tank selection valve

Fuel Filter

The finished cockpit and patent stern

Patent stern

The Isuzu diesel installed; Manifold for the domestic water heat exchanger (right)

Binnacle, compass and engine controls

Shaft hookup featuring a Drivesaver (red) to isolate the electrical system from seawater

The battery box and switch--two additional batteries are out of view to the right;
Batteries are 6 volt deep-cycle golf cart type

Battery box under the saloon settee; Battery switch (vent to right)

Companionway steps & USCG required plaques

Electrical panel (12VDC only)

Electrical panel guts

The diesel with companionway steps removed to access front

View from above, inside saloon, steps removed

The foremast tabernacle, electric winch and jib sheet traveler

The A-frame for lowering the masts; Twin anchor rollers

A-frame Hinge

The end of the A-frame; Cheek block; forestay chainplate

Custom made anchor roller

A-frame hinge from outside

Foremast and rigging

Measuring for a liverpool (marine) wire rope splice (18" for 5/16" wire rope)

Tools for splicing

Starting to wrap with tarred polyester for the thimble

The thimble bight wrapped (served)

In the rigging vise

Starting the splice; The thimble is stainless steel as is the wire rope

Continuing the splice

Using the spike to render a strand in

Rolling the spike up behind the strand

Slices served with SS seizing wire; Hot dip galvanized rigging screws;
I buy half jaw & jaw, and half eye & eye to make jaw & eye

Splice served with tarred marlin (polyester) prior to serving with anealed SS seizing wire;
Splices aloft have marlin only; Splices below have SS seizing wire

Mast head with both standing and running rigging attached; Lewmar blocks

Boom end ready for Bee rails

Mahogany bee rail with bedding compound ready to install

Attaching the bee rail  (rope end side)

Attaching the bee rail (sheave side)

Method for making off to a bosun's chair for going aloft unassisted (BEST WAY!)

The seagull view...

IBIS rigged and anxious for salt water...

Using a lathe to turn ash belaying pins


Chain plate; Rigging; Jib sheet fairleads; Lemar portlights; Gallows aft; Bimini

Gallows and mainsheet traveler; Note patent stern brace

Foremast; A-frame as bow pulpit

Belaying pins; Boat hooks; ash oars, etc

Chisels for lathe turning

Masts down; On the trailer; Antifouling paint on; Centerboard on the left



In the Travel Lift

Lowering onto the centerboard


Captain Parker looking a little worse for wear... but happy!

Making sail battens with fiberglass cores and PVC covers flattened with a heat gun

A batten inside the pocket (installed from the luff)

Batten pocket closed

Fores'l raised for the first time

Mains'l raised; Note tack and clew rigging

leather chafe gear on boom jaws and tabernacle heads

IBIS's rudder had too much counter balance,
and I re-proportioned it after our 2010 Bahama's cruise

One of two side davits; IBIS can launch and retrieve her 14' tender under sail or power!

The access plate for the aft end of the centerboard;
The SS bolt below pins the board in the up position

Ground tackle: 30 lb Delta plow (stbd roller); 55 lb Hereshoff (port);15 lb Danforth (stbd);
A 10lb Danforth is carried as a stern kedge (see below)

Mooring bitt with correct hitch; Anchor chain deck fittings

The Hereshoff (fisherman) anchor and cat head--indispensable for rock and sandstone bottoms

The stern kedge and deck fitting

The stern kedge rode is kept in a 5 gal bucket inside the lazarette;
clean and easy to take where you need it

The bow rollers and anchor grabbers

I sold IBIS in December of 2013 to a man from New Jersey. Despite what a wonderful, handy and fast cruiser she is, I had never intended to keep her. I had been trying to sell her for two years, and kept lowering my price. But the only offer that came in required that I use owner financing... a HUGE mistake!
    The buyer refused to make payments, and I was forced to repossess the boat. This took two years, and cost thousands of dollars. I had to sail IBIS to Florida from New Jersey in November/December of 2015 after making emergency repairs at Holiday Harbor boatyard in Waretown, NJ.
    I documented my solo trip--The Delivery From Hell--in my WoodenBoat Magazine Blogs.

When I arrived back in south Florida, I spent many weeks repairing and modifying IBIS, before selling her to a wonderful family from North Carolina, who love her and appreciate her.
    You can study the repairs I made in a seperate CONSTRUCTION BOOKLET.