SHANTY T24 Triloboat construction

  • 12 May 2019 21:30
    Reply # 7336947 on 7282094
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi Annie,

    I'm pretty excited too. It's amazing how much they get done, two or three people five full days a week, with a third person handling the getting of all the materials. I think it's also a testament to the "easy build" priority that Dave Zeiger puts into his designs, which has simplified the process. When Auklet was built, also at a boatyard, it took almost a year for the basic structure and paint – and then three years in the driveway! This boat might indeed float this summer, with a slight chance of actually sailing somewhere, maybe just down the Bay. I have a relaxed goal of that kind of sailing in time for the junket at the end of August – you never know! But I can tell you right now that the boat will not have the marvelous interior that is the payoff for all your enormous work ;-)


  • 12 May 2019 02:32
    Reply # 7336006 on 7282094

    It's all so exciting.  (And rather humbling to see your guys doing in 3 months what's taken me 3 years!)  At this rate of progress, you will be on the water this summer.

  • 11 May 2019 18:11
    Reply # 7335607 on 7282094
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New photos are up, here. Deck is on, parts of cabin being dry fit, and hatches cut into deck… Looks a little more real, all the time!


  • 07 May 2019 13:30
    Reply # 7326996 on 7282094
    Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Isn't it something, all new and shiny! I do wonder how it would go in regions more like yours. There must be history on this, from ships from years ago. It would be interesting to see how a copper grounding plate would fare, like for lightning protection, as a test.

    Glad to be part of the boatbuilding club!


    Yes, about storage – including a whole bunch of batteries for electric propulsion. Also, another design priority has been easy access, so no steps, and plenty of room to move around. Another bonus of this arrangement is that each compartment below deck provides independent flotation – like the traditional Chinese method on some ships. I somehow find that incredibly comforting.  Not that this boat is intended for open water in heavy conditions, but if a giant wave took out those big windows, the boat would still float normally. I like that!


  • 06 May 2019 22:30
    Reply # 7325789 on 7282094

    Gosh - doesn't the copper look marvellous?  I'm not sure how well it would last here, in the primeval soup that is N Island, New Zealand.  I read somewhere that colder water adds to its longevity.

    So wonderful to see another boat in build!

  • 06 May 2019 15:38
    Reply # 7324897 on 7282094

    Glad to see her turned over successfully. Is all that space going to be under-deck storage?

  • 14 Apr 2019 23:52
    Message # 7282094
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I've mentioned this project in a couple of other places, but have been thinking that it should have its own spot. Here's the overview:

    T24x8 SHANTY Triloboat
    Designer: Dave Zeiger, modified by Shemaya Laurel
    Construction drawings: Christopher Lariviere
    Being built in 2019 by West Cove Boat Yard in Sorrento, Maine, USA


    – 24' x 8' junk rig flat bottomed barge with leeboards/off-center boards
    – fir plywood construction, mostly 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch ACX, with marine ply on bow and stern curves. Framed with doug fir dimensional lumber, and white fir for larger boards that were unavailable in doug fir
    – dynel and epoxy sheathing on exterior surfaces, plain penetrating epoxy on all interior surfaces, all surfaces then painted with exterior latex house paint
    – bottom sheathed in 3/32" copper plate, sides to waterline 1/16" using half hard C110 copper
    – chines covered with architectural bronze angle 2"x 2"x 1/4" (unable to source silicon bronze)– powered by Torqeedo 4.0 electric outboard motor, with 8 Universal UB121000-45978 12v 100AH Deep Cycle AGM batteries configured for 48 V
    – aluminum mast: tapered 6063 anodized flagpole 22' x 4" diameter tapering to 2", 1/8" wall thickness
    – high tabernacle is EXPERIMENTAL

    – and leeboards/off-center boards, on which we are still working out the details

    Goals: protected water cruising and lazing around; drying out flat on the mud when the tide goes down; open water in settled conditions to get around points into the next series of bays; sailing across the wind and downwind, electric outboard very possibly the only way to make progress upwind. But in this area, on many days in the morning the wind blows from the north, straight down the bay toward places one might like to go, and in the afternoon it comes around from the south. With decent tide/wind timing and some patience, the boat might be primarily sailed.

    That's the story! Construction photos and more detailed drawings can be seen here .


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