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Friday, September 8 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Aquila Sails: Resourceful Amateurs Rebuild a 34 foot William Garden Cutter

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Aquila Sails !  Resourceful Amateurs Re-Build a 34-foot William Garden Cutter

People Involved
- Eben, Richard, Sam, Family and Friends
- Occassionally Mike Gwost. family friend, Shipwright & Artist, Guemes Island

- The Easy Part
- Trucked Aqila from Lopez to our Bellingham shop.

- Saws-All Takes all
- Interior, cabin-sides, cabin-top, plank ends, sheer-plank, transom: GONE
- What were we thinking?
- Overwhelming

Our Shop and Home
- 7 people lived in the shop. Aquila tarp-ed outside, for 2-1/2 years
- 24'x48' with 16-ft living space
- Neighbors, understanding but offered to 'beat them up' if they woke the kids again

Gathering Materials
- 1000-year old Yellow Cedar, Black Locust, Red Cedar
- microscope reveals age
- all wood already down, not standing

- WoodenBoat Magazine Article
- 'scarf laminations'
- Their shipwright friend "you've sistered, brothered, mothered, and lovered"

- Replacing rot with scarfed (9:1,) yellow cedar
- Reefing, spline-ing, corking

Deck & Cabin-top
- 1/4 marine ply over original solid teak deck
- re-used cabin-top frames
- strip planked with cedar, then glassed

Bullworks & Cap-rails
- laminated fir capped with locust

- lots of sleeping space
- slatted wood for all surfaces to promote air flow

- teak floors borrowed from Cheoy Lee
- floor sisters 1/4 galvanised steel, bolted to frames and floors and ballast keel

Keel Bolts
- left original 5 bolts, added 8, threaded into iron ballast keel

- primer, 1-part yacht paint
- varnish or oil on brightwork

- against advice launched at ramp with long chain
- $27 vs $300 via travellift
- Joy, a passage, 100 attendees
- "Extremely Satisfying"

Ten Years Later
- 2022
- regular maintenance, many dives, 1 haul-out
- many voyages in comfort and safely
- many visiting artists go sailing

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Eben Shay & Richard Reeves

Eben Shay has been a wood worker since getting a pocket knife as a boy. Reading a book by Skip Snaith how to build a umiak in high school and building an umiak started an addiction to boats. After the Aquila project, Eben moved to San Juan Island founding Alchemy Art Center with his... Read More →

Friday September 8, 2023 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Cruising Stage 431 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA, USA