Starting a build log for my first ever sailboat. I decided to go with a footy for the size and price involved.
After looking around the internet, I decided to build one from scratch. It will be a mixture of Flavio’s exquisite Brando and Bill Hagerup’s Cobra.
Most of it is built from 1/16 balsa sheet using wood glue…I know, I know… I didn’t feel like waiting for epoxy…but I figured it is my first “practice build” If I get hooked, I will do it right the next time around.
The nice thing about working at a shipyard is that there is scrap balsa galore … so, except for the sheets, I can find everything else balsa related in the trash bin at work … A little bandsaw here, a little sandpaper
there and I can create any thickness I desire. Granted, this is super high density structural balsa so it does require quite a bit more work than you run of the mill Hobby stuff …
Here are some early build pics (at this point … a standard cobra hull)
After I stumbled upon the Brando build thread …
Taking shape…and trying out the mast to make sure it is plum athwartship … and thankfully, it was …
Next step, the keel…I will probably make it out of lead shot and Sculpey