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Building a Sassafras 14 ft. stitched lapstrake canoe
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HOME 1. laying out
the planks
2. cutting
3. gluing
4. rabbeting
5. stitching
6. shaping
7. filleting
8. gluing
9. removing
10. filling
11. gluing
12. gluing
13. glassing
14. glassing inside 15. glassing
16. decks and
seat mounts
17. installing
18. epoxy
19. sanding 20. varnishing 21. finishing up 22. launching storage BILL OF
This canoe was built from plans in the book "The Canoe Shop"

September 13, 2007
Storing "Sawdust"

I have spent days pondering where I can store this 14 foot boat, I certainly don't want to put it outside - even under cover.  As my neighbor Charlie the cabinet maker said "It's furniture that goes in the water!".  I looked around my workshop and figured it had to go up near the ceiling, but how to get it there plagued me until I thought to use a winch.  A quick trip to the hardware store and I returned with a winch for $22.00 and cable.  My friend John Grill gave me a couple of spare pulleys and hooks that he had laying around from his sailing days.  So it all came together pretty simply, I just put the boat down, loop the straps around the seats, and crank her up!  The hull looks really nice up there and it's out of the way, I have lots of head room below my 10 foot ceiling.
Here's the winch, and a close-up of the web strap that I cut down.  I realize that I should have wrapped it around the seat sideways to make it less likely to go off center, so I'll have to go get some more strapping.  The image at right shows my workshop back to normal after 2 months!  It's nice to have my "dance floor" back!

Lowering it back down requires releasing the ratchet on the winch while firmly holding the handle, and cranking it down.  Couldn't be simpler!  I will also store the life preservers and paddles in the boat.

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