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  • Hi all, I sold my Valgerda, Ravn, yesterday. I would have been sad except for two things: the couple who bought her were thrilled with her and I really needed to sell the boat because my house sold and I soon won't have a place to keep her. Paul and MaryAnn are great people. I know MaryAnn from work and have heard about her boyfriend in Alaska who likes to row for years. He finally...
    brandonfordus@... Jun 8, 2014
  • I posted some photos of my Valgerda on the group site. She is a great boat. A lot of fun to row or sail. She's easy to launch and recover making her very handy. From the moment that I think, "Gee, I should go rowing (or sailing)." I can be on the water in about 10 minutes. It helps that I live a couple of blocks from a nice launch ramp on a beautiful lake. Fortunately, my life is...
    brandonfordus@... Jan 26, 2014
  • I built a Valgerda and sail and row it quite a bit. You can see her here: http://valgerda.blogspot.com/. To answer your question "does it look ugly?" No. It's very cute. The bigger question, however, is "is it practical?" The answer is a resounding NO! Here's why. Valgerda is one of the best rowing boats on the planet. If you deck it over and put a house on it you've ruined all of...
    brandonfordus@... Jan 23, 2014
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  • ...you might do differently, know that you have the build done and time to reflect? Michael On Wednesday, November 6, 2013 8:54 AM, "brandonfordus@^$2.." wrote: Michael, I did not keep track of dollars or time while building Ravn. I usually put in two long days a week and tried...
    brandonfordus@... Nov 7, 2013
  • Michael, I did not keep track of dollars or time while building Ravn. I usually put in two long days a week and tried to do a little something each of the other days. I did have a foot infection that kept me from working on the boat for about six months. A also spent a lot of time in the moaning chair looking at the boat and trying to figure out what to do next. Brandon ---In...
    brandonfordus@... Nov 6, 2013
  • It took me about three years to build my Valgerda. I'm a pretty good woodworker, but it was my first built-from-scratch boat. Brandon www.valgerda.blogspot.com ---In atkinboats@^$1, wrote: I'm doing project management planning for my Valgerda build. At 4lb./ hour for a wooden boat, I'm calculating about 150 hours. Does this follow with your actual experience? Michael
    brandonfordus@... Nov 5, 2013
  • I thought when I built Ravn she would be my last boat. That I would sail her until I could sail no longer. She turned out even better than I expected, and I expected a lot. Every time I take her out for a sail or a row she delights me. But now I must sell her. I will miss her, but where I'm going she can not come. My wife and I recently bought a new boat that will be our home and...
    Brandon F Aug 20, 2012
  • --- In AtkinBoats@^$1, matthew cook wrote: > > Im nt real concerned with the cops but here a homebuilt vessel must be inspected and certified by the state before a title will be issued, and i'm sure the deminsions are checked. If it werent for that i wouldn't alter it. > > > "Treat the earth well. > It was not given to you by your parents, > it was loaned to you by your children...
    Brandon F Dec 8, 2011
  • I think both Johns are wrong. A "full keel," by which I assume you mean a three- or four-inch keel that goes the length of the boat, is a good option. It simplifies construction, simplifies maintenance (since daggerboard and centerboard trunks are notorious places for rot problems) and it would make the boat stronger. Cutting a slot in a perfectly good bottom gave boatbuilders of...
    Brandon F Aug 1, 2011
  • It does look like a good start. Don't be discouraged if it takes more than a year. Good things take time. Brandon http://valgerda.blogspot.com --- In AtkinBoats@^$1, Jerry Miller wrote: > > Well since we are talkin about methods,thought I would share the method of a beginner builder.This is hopefully gonna be a Florence Oakland around this time next year.This stack of wood is...
    Brandon F Apr 20, 2011