Union Jack Design

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Union Jack by Alan Keef, Ross-On-Wye, United Kingdom

Update June 2013 14 December 2011 Age suggests that it is time to move from sail to motor! I have had the study plans of Union Jack for over ten years but have finally got round to building her. At least I am having the hull built and shall fit out myself. The design has been changed slightly by lengthening the build stations to 3ft giving an overall length of 33ft with beam the same. I shall also build the superstructure in steel and she will have a forward facing trawler style pilot house. Progress will be relatively quick while someone else is doing the work but will slow once I have to start on the internals. Allow a couple of years minimum to being properly on the water. The builders are hugely enthusiastic about building this boat and most complimentary to Glen-L for the wealth of information included on the drawings. They would love to build another so if anyone in the UK reads this I can put them in touch with a firm that has the skills and experience of the design.

Union Jack by Pat Walsh, Ireland

Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2004 Subject: Union Jack Update I am enclosing some photographs for you to see, as you can observe i am in the middle of the sheeting. Because I took special care with the frames and the longitudionals, the sheeting is falling in nicely with the help of pullers and homemade clamps. I used a Jig Saw (Makita, Bosch) to cut out the frames, skeg and sheeting. It will shorten the life of a saw but it is excellent at cutting accurately and curving. The best quality blade must be used. I expect and hope I will be turning the hull by Christmas. Pat Walsh Ireland

Union Jack by David Ainge

Union Jack by David Ainge, Townsville, Autralia October 21, 2008 I started building Union Jack Easter 2002. I was still earning a living until the end of 2005 so building was restricted to evenings and weekends. Fortunately we live on acreage so I was able to build at home, which was a great time-saver. I could do an hour or two at a time, without wasting time travelling to a building site (or having to go back home to fetch something). After I retired at the end of 2005 I was able to work more or less full-time on the project for part of the year. From start to finish I spent about 4000 hours on the boat. Thirty years ago I took 3000 hours to build a 37ft plywood yacht, so I knew what I was in for this time.


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