In the beginning of 2015, I’ve built a small dinghy – an Eastport Nesting Pram by Chesapeake Light Craft –  out of plywood and epoxy resin.

Currently I’m building a sailing yacht from the same materials. For that I’ve scaled down my job so that I only have to work 4 days per week. Fridays are for boat building (and a bit of the weekend).

The Boat

The boat is a Mini 6.50, ocean-going, 6.50m long and 3m wide. It planes very easily, which means it can go a lot faster than its hull speed. By adding a 2.50m long bowsprit, the boat effectively becomes 8m long, which means it can carry a crazy amount of sail area. It’s an extreme boat, designed for racing and fun. Not your average cruiser. Here’s a video about the latest Mini from Pogo Structures, the Pogo 3.

Progress

At the time of writing (September 2016), I’m assembling the hull, which is currently upside down. As soon as that’s compete, I can paint it, turn it around and start working on the interior.

The plan is to get the boat into the water in spring 2018.

I’m using a trello board to track my progress.

Videos

I’m documenting the build process on YouTube, explaining what I do, what the problems are and how I overcome them. I think I’m the first to do that with a project this size – at least I haven’t found anyone else so far.

Photos

More photos are on Facebook.

Cost

I’m also documenting how much money I’m spending on the whole process. Since I didn’t have any tools before, I had to buy everything. I’ve also rented a shed in Berlin, which costs me ~€280 per month.

All expenses are in a Google spreadsheet.