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Acorn to Arabella: Journey of a Wooden Boat

We're building a 38’ wooden sailboat from scratch, documenting the process and hope to educate and inspire others to chase their dreams

Acorn to Arabella: Journey of a Wooden Boat

We're building a 38’ wooden sailboat from scratch, documenting the process and hope to educate and inspire others to chase their dreams

$1,371
pledged of 8.700 $pledged of 8.700 $ goal
15
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, May 3 2016 12:53 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated April 9, 2017

About

Everyone has a dream. We are actively pursuing ours and could use a little help. 

After years of working hard at various jobs, adventures and travels, living and learning, we have come up with the ultimate project for a long term amazing adventure. 

Imagine building a 38 foot wooden sailboat from scratch, with your own two hands. Cutting down trees, milling them into lumber, melting 9,000 lbs of lead for ballast, then actually building the boat!  

Once the boat is built you can then go anywhere in the world.  

ANYWHERE YOU WANT!!  

That's exactly what we are doing. 

Check out our progress at  www.acorntoarabella.com and please follow us on Patreon! (www.patreon.com)

We don't want to do it alone, we want you to come with us!  

We want you to feel the rush of a 70' pine slamming into the ground, the straining muscles as a 1,500+ pound log is rolled onto the sawmill by hand, the trepidation of 4.5 tons of molten lead over a roaring fire and the joy of antique hand tools singing their way though the timbers to finally reveal a beautiful curvaceous sailboat named Arabella.   

Then the real adventure can begin, taking Arabella to the 4 corners of the world.  The fjords of Norway, Caribbean, Japan, the coast of Alaska, Greece, Italy, Spain, the Baltic's... The possibilities are endless.

Wait!  Before you tell us you can't join us due to your job or family or just the circumstances of life in general.  What if we brought this adventure to you?  What if we documented the whole experience and allowed you to jump in and out of it at your own will.  A moment of escape from the daily grind as you come along with us on this incredible journey?  Videos will be uploaded at regular intervals and you can follow along with us as you wish.

We are documenting the whole journey.  From the sweat and tears going into the build, all the way to the unknown which comes with finally setting sail.  Why not be a part of it?

Now is the time for us to purchase the bigger items we need to make this a reality.  We need the lead for the keel, a new computer to edit and upload the videos and a few other items so we can really get the ball rolling.  

We could really use your help to get this project kickstarted!

Thanks for helping make our dream come true!

Steve and Alix

Risks and challenges

This project has been 5 years in the making at this point.

We have spent years researching and planning, hashing out ideas and acquiring tools, as well as building the supporting network for the project.

Success is within our grasp, as far as we are concerned failure is not an option. The only way we will fail is if we stop trying and we have come WAY to far to stop now!

We are at a fairly critical point. It is time for us to gather the larger, more expensive materials and delve into the heart of the project.

Without your help it will take us all summer to gather the funds, progress will be slow, videos sporadic. With your help we can start building Arabella and uploading regular videos in May!

This is what we need to keep us busy until it is time to plank Arabella (hopefully next spring).

$1,500 Lead for the keel and it's delivery
$500 Steel for the smelter
$400 Lofting materials (drawing plans full sized)
$1,000 Silicon bronze fasteners (to hold the keel/bow/stern together)
$1,000 Material for the structure around the boat (boat shed)
$2,800 New computer for video editing
$1,500 Money to pay the local artists who have helped us so far

$8700 TOTAL for this portion of the project

The shop is prepped, the trees are down and we have turned the logs into boards on the portable saw mill.

Now we need to build a boat house (simple greenhouse type structure) over our work area to keep us dry when it rains and shaded when the sun is beating down.
Below this the plans will be lofted (drawing plans full sized). From the lofted plans we will gain all the measurements for the build.

The next big step and the second most dangerous aspect of the build comes after the plans are lofted. Pouring the lead keel.

We are going to need 12,000 lbs of lead to use as ballast. 9,500 lbs for the keel and the rest as internal ballast.

We are currently making arrangements to acquire this lead in the form of old wheel weights, recycled from cars at local shops and collected at a local scrap yard.

Once we have the lead we need to buy some steel, fire up the torch and make a smelter to melt the lead in. The lead then gets poured in one shot, into a custom mold which we will also have to build.

Once the lead keel is freed from the mold we can start jointing the main timbers of Arabella together using the silicon bronze fastenings.

This is going to be a lot of work but we are up to the task and are very eager to stop planning/preparing and start building!

Not to mention, bring this journey to you through videos. We're ready to go! Are you ready to come along?

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    Every little bit helps! You have our eternal thanks! We can't do this without all of you!

    Please visit our website, follow us on Patreon, like our Facebook page and share with anyone you think may be interested in our project.

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    You will get:
    - A personalized thank you note from Steve and Alix
    - A set (4) of Acorn to Arabella Stickers. 2 of each design.

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    - 1 Acorn to Arabella T-shirt

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    - A personalized thank you note from Steve and Alix as well as Acorn to Arabella stickers.
    - 1 Acorn to Arabella Sweatshirt

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    You will get:
    - A personalized thank you note from Steve and Alix as well as Acorn to Arabella stickers.
    - 1 Acorn to Arabella T-shirt
    - 1 Hand made, wooden, cheese cutting board embossed with the logo

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    You will get:
    - A personalized thank you note from Steve and Alix as well as Acorn to Arabella stickers.
    - 1 Acorn to Arabella T-shirt
    - 1 set of 4 hand made, wooden coasters embossed with the logo

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    You will get:
    - A personalized thank you note from Steve and Alix as well as Acorn to Arabella stickers.
    - 1 Acorn to Arabella Sweatshirt
    - 1 Cheese cutting board embossed with logo

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    You will get:
    - A personalized thank you note from Steve and Alix as well as Acorn to Arabella stickers.
    - 1 Acorn to Arabella sweatshirt
    - 1 Set of 4 hand made, wooden coasters embossed with logo

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    You will get:
    - A personalized thank you note from Steve and Alix as well as Acorn to Arabella stickers.
    - 1 Acorn to Arabella Sweatshirt
    - 1 Acorn to Arabella T-shirt
    - 1 Hand made, wooden, cheese cutting board embossed with logo

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    - A personalized thank you note from Steve and Alix as well as Acorn to Arabella stickers.
    - 1 Acorn to Arabella Sweatshirt
    - 1 Acorn to Arabella T-shirt
    - 1 Hand made, wooden, cheese cutting board embossed with logo
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    You will get:
    - A personalized thank you note from Steve and Alix as well as Acorn to Arabella stickers.
    - 1 Acorn to Arabella Sweatshirt
    - 1 Acorn to Arabella T-shirt
    - 1 Hand made, wooden, cheese cutting board embossed with logo
    - 1 Set of 4 hand made, wooden coasters embossed with logo
    - 2 invitations to the launch of Arabella (hopefully early 2019)

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    You will get:
    - A personalized thank you note from Steve and Alix as well as Acorn to Arabella stickers.
    - 1 Acorn to Arabella Sweatshirt
    - 1 Acorn to Arabella T-shirt
    - 1 Hand made, wooden, cheese cutting board embossed with logo
    - 1 Set of 4 hand made, wooden coasters embossed with logo
    - 2 invitations to the launch of Arabella (hopefully early 2019)
    - 2 night stay on Arabella for 2 people. (Hopefully late 2019, contact us for details)

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