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Boat Yard
Boat Yard Set-Up
Boat Yard Page 2
How I made the Frames
Boat Yard Page 3
Frames on the Building Form, Start of Boat Building
Boat Yard Page 4
Lumber Arrives Starting on Frames
Boat Yard Page 5
Frames and Transom
Boat Yard Page 6
Transom goes on and Stem Construction
Boat Yard Page 7
Stem Construction
Boat Yard Page 8
Stem goes on, Start of Keel
Boat Yard Page 9
Transom Knee, Notching, Keel
Boat Yard Page 10
Longitudinal Members and Breast Hooks
Boat Yard Page 11
Limber Holes 
Start of Planking
Boat Yard Page 12
Engines Arrive
Start of Rebuilding
Boat Yard Page 13
Engine Rebuild
More Lumber Problems
Boat Yard Page 14
Completion of Longitudinal Planking
Boat Yard Page 15
Final Fairing and Sanding of Longitudinal Planking
Boat Yard Page 16
Start of Diagonal Planking
Boat Yard Page 17
Start of Topside Diagonal Planking, Engine Update
Boat Yard Page 18
Second Layer of Diagonal Planking
Boat Yard Page 19
Diagonal Planking Finished. Transition Joint Fairing.
Hurricane Charley!
Boat Yard Page 20
Boat Building Reconstruction
Hurricane Francis!
Hurricane Jeanne!
Boat Yard Page 21
Hurricane Jeanne Cleanup
Deadwood Skeg
Engine Update
Boat Yard Page 22
Deadwood Skeg
 Engine Update
Boat Yard Page 23
Fabric Application
Boat Yard Page 24
Gin Pole
Painting Hull
Boat Yard Page 25
Topside Painting
Turning Wheels
Boat Yard Page 26
Turning the Hull
Boat Yard Page 27
Leveling the Hull
Starting on the Inside
Boat Yard Page 28
Deck beams and bulkheads
Boat Yard Page 29
More deck beams and carlings
Boat Yard Page 30
Bridge sole framing
Trunk Cabin Framing
Steps (ladder)
Boat Yard Page 31
Trunk Cabin
Forward Deck
Building Roof Work
Boat Yard Page 32
Building Roof Work
Bridge Framing
Boat Yard Page 33
Side Deck
LPG Locker
Boat Yard Page 34
Bridge Roof Construction & Interior cabinets
Boat Yard Page 35
Helm Station and Bridge Cabinets
Engine Stringers
Boat Yard Page 36
Engine Stringers Installed
Boat Yard Page 37
Engine Stringer Blocking
Bridge Cabinets
Hurricane Wilma!
Boat Yard Page 38
FRP Fuel Tank Mold
More Bridge Cabinets
Rudder lamination
Boat Yard Page 39
More Rudder Construction
Chart Table Drawers
Boat Yard Page 40
More Bridge Cabinets
Bulwark & Chain Locker
Boat Yard Page 41
Bulwark framing
 
Boat Yard Page 42
Transom Bulwark
Transom Door
Rub Rail
Boat Yard Page 43
Bulwark at the Bow
Boat Yard Page 44
Salon Aft Bulkhead
Aft Bulwark
Boat Yard Page 45
Rub Rails
Bulwark Paneling
Stern Tube
Boat Yard Page 46
Rub Rails Complete
Engine Beds
Isolator Mounts
Boat Yard Page 47
Transmissions
Chain Locker
Fuel Tank Lay-up
Boat Yard Page 48
Fuel Tank Lay-up
Rudder Covering
Cap Rails
Boat Yard Page 49
Cap Rails
Rudders Complete
Fuel Tank Baffles
Boat Yard Page 50
Rudder Port Bearings
Rudder Wing Actuators
Bulwark Fabric
Boat Yard Page 51
Rudder Port Bearing
Installation
Rudder Installation
Boat Yard Page 52
Rudder Shelf
Drip Pan Mold
Boat Yard Page 53
Drip Pans
Forward Deck Work
TS Ernesto Preparation
Boat Yard Page 54
Forward Decks
Last of the fabric on the bridge
Boat Yard 55
Sanding Bilges
Painting fwd Decks and bilges.
Boat Yard Page 56
Engine Instruments
Fuel Tank
Boat Yard Page 57
Fuel Tank
Water Tanks
Boat Yard Page 58
Fuel Tank
A-Frame
Boat Yard Page 59
Fuel Tank Hold Down Straps
Port Engine Installation
Boat Yard 60
Port Engine Installation
Starboard Fuel Tank
Boat Yard Page 61
Starboard Fuel Tank
Stern Tube Installation
Starboard Engine Run-up
Boat Yard Page 62
Stern Tube
Steps & Shower
Boat Yard Page 63
Stern Tube
Shaft Installation
Boat Yard Page 64
Thrust Bearing Mount Plates
V-Berths in Fwd. Stateroom
Boat Yard Page 65
Stateroom Cabinets
Boat Yard Page 66
Strut installation
Thrust Bearing Installation
Shaft Seal Installation
Boat Yard 67
Aqua-Drive Shafts
Sump Plumbing
Boat Yard 68
Foreword Bulkhead
Sole Framing
Boat Yard 69
Holding Tank Installation
Aft Bulkhead
Fuel Polishing & Day Tank
Boat Yard 70
Drive Shaft Installation
Instrument Display
Boat Yard Page 71
Water System Plumbing
Fuel System Plumbing
Generator Installation
Boat Yard Page 72
Generator
Fuel System Plumbing
Rudder Tie Rod
Boat Yard Page 73
Salon Floors
Fuel System Plumbing
Boat Yard Page 74
Eng. Room Wiring
Control Closet
Distribution Panel
Boat Yard 75
Fuel Tank Headliners
Fwd Cabin Stairs
Battery Box
Boat Yard Page 76
House Battery installation
Salon Framing
Boat Yard Page 77
salon Deck Installation
Salon Framing
Boat Yard Page 78
Salon Framing
Boat Yard Page 79
More salon Framing
Side Decks
Boat Yard Page 80
Bulwark extensions
Salon Paneling
Bridge Reconstruction
Boat Yard Page 81
Bridge Aft Windows
Bridge Window Framing
Boat Yard Page 82
Bridge Console & Headliner
Bridge Wiring
Bridge Cabinets & Paneling
Boat Yard Page 83
Ships Wheel
Bridge Paneling
Boat Yard Page 84
A New Roof on the Building
Boat Yard Page 85
Back to work on the Bridge
New Boat Deck Ladder
Ready for Cabinet Varnishing
Boat Yard Page 86
Back to work finally
Working on Spindles
Bridge Cabinets
Boat Yard Page 87
Electrical Panel
Another New Roof
Boat Yard Page 88
Holding Tank Plumbing
Battery Isolators
Boat Yard Page 89
Boat Deck
Salon Windows
Boat Yard Page 90
Boat Deck
Window Trim
Boat Yard Page 91
Hand Rails & Spindles
Boat Yard Page 92
Hand Rails
Aft Deck
Boat Yard Page 93
Aft Deck Ladder
Hawse Pipes
Salon Door
 
Boat Yard Page 94
Salon Door
Aft Deck Scuppers
Salon Side Deck Fabric
Boat Deck Fabric
Boat Yard Page 95
Bridge Roof Fabric
Primer & Sanding
Boat Yard Page 96
Eng. Start Batteries
Bridge Roof Repair
Line Locker
Bridge Doors
Boat Yard Page 97
Bridge Doors
Propane Locker Extension
Boat Yard Page 98
Painting
Fly Bridge
Boat Yard Page 99
Fly Bridge
Boat Yard Page 100
More Painting
Grizzly Grip Non-Skid
Boat Yard Page 101
Decks Are Painted
Deck Fittings
Fly Bridge
Boat Yard Page 102
Fly Bridge
AC System
Boat Yard Page 103
Fly Bridge
AC Ducts
Bridge Doors
Mooring Bit
Boar Yard Page 104
Fly Bridge
Control Closet
Inst. Panel Backlighting
Boat Yard Page 105
More Fly Bridge Work
Headliners & salon Deck
 
Boat Yard Page 106
Fly Bridge Paint
Deck Fittings
Boat Yard Page 107
Fly Bridge Vents
Bridge Doors
AC Ducts
Mast
Boat Yard Page 108
Fly Bridge Wiring
Salon Wiring
Thru Hulls
Fly Bridge Inst. Panel
Boat Yard Page 109
Salon Door
Fly Bridge Inst. Panel
Swim Platform
Boat Yard Page 110
Swim Platform
Boat Yard Page 111
Rub Rail
Salon Headliner
Salon Paneling
Boat Yard Page 112
Salon Paneling & Molding
Galley Cabinets
Boat Yard Page 113
Galley Cabinets
Boat Yard Page 114
Galley Cabinets
Boat Yard Page 115
Forward Cabin Paneling
Boat Yard Page 116
Cabinet Doors
Boat Yard Page 117
Cabinet door Installation
Stateroom Paneling
Boat Yard Page 118
Stateroom Shelves
Fwd. Cabin Flooring
Boat Yard Page 119
Head Installation
Water Heater Install.
Boat Yard Page 120
Sink & Washer Install
Appliance Install
Anchor Windlass Install
Boat Yard Page 121
Compactor Door
Bridge Wiring
Salon Cabinets
Boat Yard Page 122
Salon Cabinets
Cabinet Drawers & Doors
Dinette Table
Boat Yard Page 123
Air Horn Install
Handrail to Bridge
More Cabinets
Boat Yard Page 124
Fwd. Cabin Stairs
Bridge & salon Floor
TV Cabinet
Boat Yard Page 125
Salon Flooring
TV Cabinet
Emergency Bilge Pumps
Boat Yard Page 126
Engine Exhaust Hoses
Generator Wet Elbow
Boat Yard Page 127
Engine Exhaust Hoses
Fire Suppression Sys.
Radar Mast Mount
Boat Yard Page 128
Engine Shutdown Sys.
Dinette Seat Cushions
Mast Hardware
Boat Yard Page 129
Mast & Boom Hardware
Eng. Room Loose Ends
Rudder Angle Indicator Sender
Boat Yard Page 130
Steering Locker Shelves
Boat Yard Page 131
Isolation Transformer
Mast Assembly
Water System Check
Boat Yard Page 132
Winch Mount
Mast & Winch Wiring
Boat Yard Page 133
Fly Bridge
Fuel System Check
Window Valances
Boat Yard Page 134
Running Engines
Blinds & Valances
Boat Deck Railings
Boat Yard Page 135
Getting Ready to Move
Transom Lettering
Building Tear-down
Boat Yard Page 136
Final Preparations
for the Move
The Day of the Move
Boat Yard Page 137
Loading the Boat
Boat Yard Page 138
Launching the Boat
Boat Yard Page 139
The End!
The Beginning!
 

 

 The Building of a Dream - Vol. I

          You can purchase a detailed printed copy of  "The Building of a Dream --The Journal of the Molly B " Volume I..  Volume I contains 152 pages with 396 photographs, each with a detailed personal explanation of how I did it and covers construction from conception to the turning of the hull. To order, simply click the picture to the left or the order button on any page of the on line version of my journal.

 

 

The Building of a Dream - Vol. II

           Volume II of my journal is now available. You can purchase a printed copy of "The Building of a Dream -- Journal of the Molly B" Volume II by clicking on the cover picture to the left. It took a long time, just like the actual building of my boat, but it is finally in print. Volume II is 153 pages with over 450 pictures and drawings depicting how I did it. Volume II gets into the more complicated aspects of boat building from a bare hull all the way through engine and drive shaft installation. Like volume I, volume II is a step by step detailed narrative of how and why I did it along with at least one photo or drawing for each step along the way.

 

The Building of a Dream - Vol. III 

          Volume III of my journal is now available. You can purchase a printed copy of "The Building of a Dream -- Journal of the Molly B" Volume III by clicking the cover picture to the left. This volume really took a long time but it is finally in print. Volume III is 151 pages of detailed explanations of how I did it along with hundreds of pictures accompanying the text. This volume takes you up to the current point in the construction of the Molly B. The launch day is getting closer but it looks like there will be another volume before that day arrives. All I have left to do now is the finish work on the inside of the boat and it will be ready for the launch.