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Building the Celerity

On September 26, 2011, in Glen-L Styles, Outboard Powered, by jprice

Here’s my Celerity build. Started the weekend of The Gathering 2011 (9/16/2011).


The workshop

Step 1: Sell old boat to make room for building new boat.


white oak and marine ply

Step 2: Go get a lot of wood.



Laying out the frames


Frame 1:

I used a slightly modified frame build process.   I created filler blocks for all joints where the gussets would be.  Used a biscuit joiner to join all the sections.  This made the assembly and lineup very simple by just pulling all the pieces together by hand, and lining it up on the layout board.  Once the epoxy cured, it was one solid frame.  No issues with anything shifting when the gussets were to be attached.  This also adds additional strength to the frame.

Frame 1 glue up

glue up with filler blocks

Attached gussets: (piece of cake!)

Frame 1

Frame 1 complete


Temporary pause from the boat building to build an outboard motor stand. (to give credit where credit is due, I copied the design from here:  Only changes to the design were adding 2″ to the height and width, and it’s a good thing I did.  The motor barely fit on there as is.

I wasn’t planning on getting an outboard now, but along came a deal that I couldn’t pass up.

Plus it’s just in time for the transom build, so I have all the exact measurements based off the motor dimensions.

a little bigger than I wanted, but it should still work.


Transom complete (with the exception of the motorboard and the cutout)


Stem, breasthook, and transom knee.  All cutout and laminated together.


Laminating the boards for the stringers (and attaching the breasthook to the stem with the leftover epoxy):


Form done!  A bit of a challenge getting the whole thing straight, square, and level (the stringers not being perfectly straight added to the challenge)


Finally starting to look somewhat boat shaped! (took a little over 2 months to get to this point… not sure if that’s fast or slow)

taking shape... woohoo!

Your Thoughts?

8 Responses to Building the Celerity

  1. John says:

    Hello John, Thank you again. Your thoughts are invaluable.


  2. John P. says:

    Hello again Jeff,
    I wonder if you can remember how you went about lengthening your Celerity to 16ft.

    The instructions on the web site say that one can lengthen the frame spacing aft of frame 3 “a proportional amount.” The first two frame spaces aft of no. 3 are equal, but the third, back to the transom, is not. So, can you remember either the added spacing you used to get to 16ft, or how you handled that last, unequal spacing to the transom.
    Hope my question makes sense.
    John P

    • jprice says:

      Honestly John, I don’t remember.
      Though I do remember following whatever was recommended from the plans.
      Likely following the very link that Gayle posted.

      When you you say the measurement back to the is unequal, it depends on where you measure from since the transom is at an angle.
      Anyway, even if they’re not the same, it’s easy to make the proportional increases based on whatever the existing plan measurements are.
      For example, if the transom to first frame distance was half the distance of the spacing between the other two frames, then it would be a 50% increase as compared to the others. So to add the 2 feet to the total length, the spacing increase would be around 10″ / 10″ / 5″ for each section to get you to the 2′ total increase.

      Of course the real world spacing proportions will be a lot closer than my example.

  3. John P. says:

    Thank you, very much! I hadn’t seen your response until Gayle Brantuk called my attention to it. She seems really on top things. I sorry to hear that the boat is yet to be finished, but completely understand how houses and life can get in the way of avocations! But the pictures are wonderful for me to look at. Thank you again. I’m intrigued by a non-boat element: you have a product apparently intended to coat the interior of rusted steel tubes and channels. I’d never heard of it. Cool.

    Good luck with all your projects.

    John P

  4. John says:

    Hello J price. I’ve enjoyed your long thread about building a Celerity. But it seems to end just as you start decking. Have you finished the boat? I assume so, and I’d like to see further pictures. Unfortunately, the address you gave for your picassa albums is no longer working…I gather google changed things around. Can you please give me a current picassa address? I’d really appreicate it.

    john P

    • jprice says:

      Thanks John.
      It’s been quite a journey. As expected, life got in the way. Bought a new house that we fully renovated, as well as several other projects taking my time.
      The construction of the boat is 99% done. Mainly what’s left is getting an outboard and installing that and the controls and electronics.
      The hold up there (other than funds) is that i don’t have the space in my current garage for that.
      So the current plan is either an outbuilding, or a garage extension. Yay! more projects! lol

      So my boat project isn’t dead, just on a long hiatus.

      Regarding the web album, I’ll have to look into that. I haven’t touched it in a while.

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