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Popular Woodworking 2005-02 № 146, страница 96

at home with good results. I had a prototype sail made by a professional sailmaker. It is a good design and well made. But I wanted to include making the sail in the boat event and give participants the satisfaction of doing their own, and saving some money.

Just as plywood sheets and epoxy glue make the hull possi

ble, so do wide widths of Tyvek cloth and seam tape make sail-making possible. The Tyvek used here is made for cloth applications such as hazardous materials' handling suits, and not the building material product that has a hard stiff surface. I plan to sell the Tyvek cloth I use to make my sails. To purchase contact

The Home Shop (517-543-5325, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST).

Tyvek comes in a roll 10' wide, which makes for a seamless sail. The edges are folded over and secured with double-faced seam tape used for basting, as shown on page 90. The corners are stitched to reinforce the bolt rope worked into the hem.

Boat building in your shop has come a long way since "Building an Orange Crate Canoe." However, the joy of fashioning a craft with your own hands still resonates the same responsive chord in the hearts of craftsmen. I hope you soon can experience this joy for yourself. PW

An important aspect of the set of the sail is the location of the mast and the angle at which the mast is held in the step. Here a simple jig is used to locate the mast step under the cross piece with the hole called the mast partner.

Merlin makes his boat ready for sail by attaching cord for lacing the sail to the mast. All the parts have come together for a boat, which now has oarlocks at two stations for rowing singly as well as with a passenger.

A STATEMENT OF THE FREE

Four boats in less than a week! Here the participants in the class, Sarge, Eisenlord, Merlin and Hott line up before The Home Shop in the late afternoon sunshine.

Building your own sailboat is an individual's declaration of independence. You are free from the uncertainty over being able to do it, now that she is built. You are free from standing on the shore, now that you are afloat. You are free from oar or motor power the moment the breeze first fills the sail. It is akin to being in flight. No engine roar, no sweating at the oars like a galley slave. Only the wind tugging at the sheet while the boat responds with the sound of lapping waves under the bow. To have the privilege of building your own sailboat is a statement of the free.

-Taken from "Building Sailor Girl with John Wilson"

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