The BIG Sailboat Project
TBSBP - Ep1: Getting Started
Season 1, Episode 1 • 21m
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 plasma saw. By the end of the episode, they have a skeleton structure that's starting to look like a boat.
Up Next in Season 1 - Construction: Keel to Enclosed Vessel
TBSBP - Ep2: Frames & Plate
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...
TBSBP - Ep3: Roll Over
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 gia...
TBSBP - Ep4: Closing up the Hull
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 arrive...