I guess it is time to introduce myself since this is a new forum. Anyway here a few pictures of my boats:
The Vagabond plus just after launching
During the round the volcano race at Talisay
In front of my house (carport) during the build
My minimost (Svensons free plans - 8 footer flea) 10 hp O/B
If you guys want to see my thread about building the Vagabond plus sailboat you may revert back to the old forum and see Tato's Vagabond 20+
. Sorry I don't know how to link. Gurus maybe you can provide the link. Thanks
This was my post around October last year in the old forum. I just cut and pasted this here from the old forum.
Hello to fellow boatbuilders,
I am Renato Bautista, I am a home boatbuilder of S&G boats. Let me share to you my experience.
I am building boats in my garage in my house at Antipolo and farm in Sto. Tomas Batangas. Together with my brother, we have built 5 plywood boats. A D4 dinghy (8 foot sailboat/rowboat/power), Summerbreeze, an 11 foot boat for sail, power or row, Minimost, an 8 foot speedboat of flea category, Weekender, a 16 foot sailboat from stevensons and currently on going is a 20 foot sailboat from Bateau- Vagabond+. We sail at Talisay and go to Caliraya for power boating.
Starting with the D4, knowing nothing about materials used for S&G but raring to go and build our first boat, it ended in disaster. The seams did not hold, the resin did not cure, We gave up on it and moved out of the garage. Left to the elements it disintegrated. The problem was we used the wrong type of polyester and second, we used the wrong type of resin by not using epoxy. Third we used the wrong weight of FG cloth. This happened around 2001 when the boatbuilding bug bit us.
The Summerbreeze and Minimost were built using S&G technology. Though the Minimost plans call for plywood on sawn frames and stringers for joints, we modified the build to incorporate S&G. The Minimost is powered by a 2nd hand 10 hp Yamaha short shaft outboard. It's built around 2 sheets of 1/4" plywood and 3/4 ply for transom.
The Weekender was built according to plans using wood glue (weldwood/perstop kind) and stainless steel woodscrews. We used polyester resin and fg cloth for surface protection of the bottom and sides. We followed the plans in building the sails out of polytarp and duct tape but did not last long. The duct taped seams did not hold even to moderate winds.
I am currently building Vagabond from Bateau and hopefully will be sailable by November orf 2006. The hull is completed and standing rigging is soon to be finished. This is a true S&G boat and a true composite. I use Sta. Clara plywood mostly 6 mm and 10 mm and used 200 gm/sm woven cloth from Polymer and CYO epoxy (wood laminating epoxy) from Republic chemicals (Pioneer). To simulate the biax tapes that are not available here, I cut the cloth 45 degrees to the weave. I apply double or triple to match the weigth called for in the plans. Cutting it in 45 bias not only strengthens the tape but makes the cloth hang on the curves. I butt joint my panels and never bothered to scarf joint. I also use Sta Clara plywood (twice as costly) since the plies are harder and voids are rare. I believe the extra expense is justified since the plywood cost is only a fraction of the total cost of the finished boat. For painting, I used epoxy enamel as first coat and for finishing coats, enamel paint. Paints are roller brush applied and sometimes brush applied.
We are currently doing the sails out of Super Sacolene ( P 75/yard x 8' ft width) using a sailmaker's handbook borrowed from a friend. Sailmaking is a tedious, time consuming task if done right. Designing, layouting, machine sawing, finishing the sails makes sailmaking an entirely different experience!
The blocks and other hardware like cleats are fabricated and one item I need to buy are cam cleats or clam cleats. Anybody here who has spare cam cleats?
Building in plywood using S&G has made boatbuilding fast and within the reach of everybody technically speaking. It is rewarding and enjoyable. Ingat lang ng kaunti when using epoxy. It will eventually cause allergies if exposed too much to it.
Congratulations and thank you to the people who set this site up. This is truly a venue where we can exchange ideas and learn from one another.