Now for a little something about the Boat Build Project and the guy making all the sawdust…

About The Build


  • Build a Tango Skiff 17 stitch and glue boat with no prior knowledge of boat building and a modicum of woodworking skills.
  • Take advantage of the nearby Hudson River and other bodies of water.
  • Enjoy boating with my family, friends or alone.

For more on why I selected this particular motorboat, read Boat Build Project – A Tango Skiff 17.

Status: Making visible progress (see above) and improving my skills along the way. I’ve learned to use some new tools and even learned how to scarf plywood with a hand plane. At the rate I’m going, I’ll never again be able to say “Sorry honey, I don’t know how to do that.”

Cool. Now What?

Step 1. Grab a drink and follow along. Here are a few articles to get you started:

Step 2. Follow Boat Build Project on Pinterest and Instagram.

Step 3. Reach out with your questions, comments, and advice on the Contact page.

Who Is This Guy? Or Specialization is for Insects

Here’s a common question that provides some insight into the would-be boatbuilder…

Question: Why build a boat?

Possible answers include:

a. Because…

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” – Lazarus Long in Time Enough for Love

(I’ve always loved this quote.)

b. Because being a full-time dad, husband, IT professional and student aren’t enough challenges.

c. To build my practical skills for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. IT skills won’t get me very far.

d. I’m going slightly mad.

e. All of the above.

The Next Build

With everything I’m learning, the next boat should really be something… Wait. Who am I kidding? It’ll be a while before I can take on something like this again. But a guy can dream. Liveaboard retirement boat? Ocean-faring multihull? Why not both?