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Old 04-17-2014, 08:13 PM   #1
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Hola from Conall

Greetings all,

I'm Conall, and had been posting on this site a few years ago, but drifted away. I've been building a 48' trawler in my barn, and she's getting close to be able to move to the balance sheet, so I thought I'd give up the lurking thing and start being active again.

I have a blog of my build @ Conall's Boat Build. If no one would mind, I'll post updates as things go together, and for sure would appreciate input and advice.

She's been moved from the barn to a boat yard where I'm finishing her out. If all goes close to planned, I might have her in the water this July. Here' what she looked like right after we landed the superstructure and before the window package went in.


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Old 04-18-2014, 03:19 PM   #2
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WOW, she looks great! Congratulations.

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Old 04-18-2014, 03:29 PM   #3
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I second the Wow!
Looking forward to more pix. I'll visit your blog as well.
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Old 04-18-2014, 04:59 PM   #4
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That's my kind boat...congrats and welcome back
Now retired and cruising in calm waters
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Old 04-18-2014, 07:44 PM   #5
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Last week I finished reading your blog from the start until the last post. It took a couple of weeks of reading but it was well worth the time. You have done a great job with the build. Very impressed with the paint job. I think I have the same hydraulic wood splitter and I LMAO when I saw what you did with it.

I can't wait to see the boat in the water, and I know at this point, you want that boat in the water more than I!

We live in a rural area and we have thought of doing a build in a barn. A big issue would be getting the boat from the barn, down the driveway to the road. The driveway and road are gravel and the driveway has some steep sections with a few tight curves. Your posts about getting the boat to the road were rather interesting to me.

Your blog and Peter's Diesel Duck/Swan were awesome to read and you both added little features that were so obvious yet I have not seen on other boats.

I really appreciate the time you have taken to blog your build. The blog is a very enjoyable and educational read. I stayed up reading far past my normal bed time reading the blog. I just had to see what happened next. I know that blog was a major work effort on your part and I appreciate your time.

Thank you for the blog!
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Old 04-18-2014, 08:17 PM   #6
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Welcome back mate.
Nice job , really enjoy seeing owner builders building great boats.
Must get in and read all your blog
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Old 04-19-2014, 04:13 AM   #7
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Very impressive build. Good luck with her.
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Old 04-19-2014, 05:24 AM   #8
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Thanks to all.

Blogging about the build sort of has become another motivator. If I don't post in the blog for a while it's usually due to not finishing a project. Emails will start to show up asking about updates, so getting a project to a stage that's "bloggable", sort of pushes me. Another interesting thing about maintaining a blog are the conversations I have from other back yard builders around the world. Russia seems to be an area where back yard builders exist, and I have a two fellows whom I converse with on a somewhat regular basis.


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Old 04-19-2014, 07:38 AM   #9
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I've been following your Blog for a while now, can't wait to see more updates. Your craftsmanship is awesome. I too have drawn up my own boat build but lack of funds and ability stops me unless I hit the lottery, I've have to settle for my Californian which I enjoy immensely but one can dream.
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Old 04-22-2014, 02:55 PM   #10
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Man you have a lot of talent. Very good looking job.
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Old 04-22-2014, 06:42 PM   #11
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Now that is very impressive. Great Blog.

And as has already been said, welcome back.
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Old 04-22-2014, 07:26 PM   #12
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Fantastic build....awesome style. Can''t wait to read you blog. Thanks for coming back!


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