The BIG Sailboat Project

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A film series by Sandra Sims
Ten years in the making, The BIG Sailboat Project tracks the gritty effort of two gals as they pursue their dream of building and cruising a 43 foot steel sailboat. Located a 1000 miles from the coast in rural Alberta, Canada, the duo decide on steel as their building material, which they shape into a Bruce Roberts designed 43 MKII Long Keel Cutter.

Each episode is approximately 23 minutes long, and includes detailed footage and narration artfully edited and interspersed with incredible 3D animation illustrating construction techniques.

The first five episodes cover steel construction from keel to fully enclosed vessel. The last five episodes (shot in HD) cover finishing and rigging through launch and sea trials.

This remarkable series will inspire any would-be boat builder. Later episodes covering interior construction provide a wealth of tips that apply to any boat.

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The BIG Sailboat Project

A film series by Sandra Sims
Ten years in the making, The BIG Sailboat Project tracks the gritty effort of two gals as they pursue their dream of building and cruising a 43 foot steel sailboat. Located a 1000 miles from the coast in rural Alberta, Canada, the duo decide on steel as their building material, which they shape into a Bruce Roberts designed 43 MKII Long Keel Cutter.

Each episode is approximately 23 minutes long, and includes detailed footage and narration artfully edited and interspersed with incredible 3D animation illustrating construction techniques.

The first five episodes cover steel construction from keel to fully enclosed vessel. The last five episodes (shot in HD) cover finishing and rigging through launch and sea trials.

This remarkable series will inspire any would-be boat builder. Later episodes covering interior construction provide a wealth of tips that apply to any boat.

12 Videos

  • Episode 1: Getting Started

    21m · Downloadable

  • Episode 2: Frames & Plate

    21m · Downloadable

  • Episode 3: Roll Over

    21m · Downloadable

  • Episode 4: Closing up the Hull

    21m · Downloadable

  • Episode 5: Ready for Finishing

    22m · Downloadable

  • Episode 6: Finishing Begins (HD)

    26m · Downloadable

  • Episode 7: Finishing 2 (HD)

    26m · Downloadable

  • Episode 8: Finishing 3 (HD)

    26m · Downloadable

  • Episode 9: Finishing 4 (HD)

    26m · Downloadable

  • Episode 10, Pt. 1: Finishing 5 (HD)

    26m · Downloadable

  • Episode 10, Pt. 2: Final Finish & Launch (HD)

    25m · Downloadable

  • Launch & Epilogue

    4m 6s · Downloadable

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  1. Episode 1: Getting Started

    21m · Downloadable

    Sandra and Gina visit France and decide they want to sail the world on their own large sailboat. After extensive research, they decide to build their own 43 foot sailboat out of steel. They find a house in rural Alberta, Canada to serve as their construction site.

    After acquiring the necessary tools, they finally begin construction on their boat. The first step is to trace plans for the webbing frames on a steel sheet then cut them out using a ...

  2. Episode 2: Frames & Plate

    21m · Downloadable

    Sandra and Gina build a gantry for the chain hoist they'll need to lift steel plates, then start serving up radius curved stringers, bottom and side plate, and more plate to cover the keel. Learning as they go, they discover new tricks to keep welds straight and bend heavy steel into the graceful curves befitting their dream yacht. By the end of the episode they've finished plating the hull and primed it red just as winter snows stop work until Spr...

  3. Episode 3: Roll Over

    21m · Downloadable

    Sandra and Gina start welding up the hull, learning more tricks to keep the hull shape fare. They check all the welds and grind them smooth, fighting off spring rains. With the hull plate finished, it's finally time to roll the hull over. After fabricating their own boat stands, they secure a giant crane for the big day. With the hull right-side up, they cut out deck stringers and frames, and install and fare the forward decks. Then they cut and fi...

  4. Episode 4: Closing up the Hull

    21m · Downloadable

    With the poop deck frames inplace, Sandra and Gina secure the deck plate, and cut out and install the metal aft bulkhead. Taking advantage of a rare winter warm spell they attach the cabin side plates and install the pilot house frames, cabin rooftop and cockpit frames. When spring finally arrives, they pull back the tarp and add split pipe to round off the pilot house and cabin side edges. Then they proceed with the cabin top and pilot house roof,...

  5. Episode 5: Ready for Finishing

    22m · Downloadable

    Sandra and Gina take a break for a week-long CYA cruise and learn course in Vancouver. The experience motivates them to get their boat in the water. On their return, they tackle fabricating the swim platform not included in the plans. All the skills they've acquired pay off in a beautiful, seamless addition to the transom. Next, they finish up the rounded cockpit coaming and attach the coaming plate. Then they add windows in the pilot house, fabric...

  6. Episode 6: Finishing Begins (HD)

    26m · Downloadable

    Sandra builds winch mounts out of scrap steel pipe for the large, Lewmar 55 main winches and finishes off the back of the pilot house. Sandra builds and installs the fuel tanks, and makes chain plates. They weld up a metal door frame for the forward sail locker bulkhead and install two more cabin bulkheads. And they finalize and test the experimental internal engine keel cooler system.

  7. Episode 7: Finishing 2 (HD)

    26m · Downloadable

    Down below, Sandra and Gina start the first woodworking project-a large wooden bulkhead in the center of the boat, add stand pipes through the hull bottom for the main cockpit drains, test and install hull transducers confined inside a watertight box, add fittings to the waste holding tank and start spraying foam insulation onto the interior. On deck they tie in cockpit seat and coaming locker drains to the stand pipes, bend in a bulwark to smooth ...

  8. Episode 8: Finishing 3 (HD)

    26m · Downloadable

    On deck, Sandra builds the hatch frames, hinges, and dogs to batten them down, then adds the Lexan lenses. She builds and installs several mushroom vents into the deck for ventilation, attaches safety hooks for harnesses in foul weather, cuts out the hole for the mast and adds parallel bung rails to support a crew member when hoisting the main, and adds aft port lights in the transom to let light and air into the rear cabin. Below decks Sandra and ...

  9. Episode 9: Finishing 4 (HD)

    26m · Downloadable

    Sandra builds the cockpit steering station and adds more deck vents including a chimney for the diesel cabin heater. Next she and Gina fabricate the transom radar arch from steel tubing, add mounts for hand rail and life line stanchions, and hawse holes for mooring lines. Next Sandra starts building the bow pulpit while Gina works on the diesel engine’s exhaust system. With welding completed on the boat exterior, they sandblast the topsides then ap...

  10. Episode 10, Pt. 1: Finishing 5 (HD)

    26m · Downloadable

    In part 1, Sandra starts off by designing and building her desk workstation to accommodate her computer and audio equipment. Gina frames in the seat area in the main saloon, covers the settee cushions, and builds the dinette table. Sandra adds additional storage racks and cubbies then builds all the various doors for the many cabinets and companionways. Next, Gina and Sandra finish off the head, adding toilet, vanity, and bathtub/shower enclosure. ...

  11. Episode 10, Pt. 2: Final Finish & Launch (HD)

    25m · Downloadable

    Part 2 begins with finishing up the wiring including a computer program designed by Sandra that labels and traces circuits throughout the boat. Gina installs three separate electrical panels then tackles the engine hookup. The next big project is the potable water system for the galley and head plus a custom built reverse osmosis water maker. With the carpentry completed, Sandra fabricates the pilot house seats and stow-away seating for the two wor...

  12. Launch & Epilogue

    4m 6s · Downloadable

    Sandra and Gina complete final finishing projects, launch their vessel and take her on sea trials. They review the project and all the skills they've learned over ten years of steel boat building.