When most people ask us about Arabella, we see one question pop up over and over again.  "How's the boat building going?"

There is one often overlooked aspect of projects: Preparation.  At the moment, we are in the preparation stage, which is just as important as the building stage.  The better we prepare now, the better set up we will be for the building stage.



  •  Purchased a used book called “Fifty Wooden Boats, a Catalog of Building Plans” The thought of building a world cruising sailboat takes hold.


  • Steve believes he can build a boat and unsuccessfully tries to convince Alix and 2 others to join him in this venture
  • This only strengthens Steve’s resolve
  • A friend purchases a portable sawmill, Steve harvests trees, borrows the milland makes a large pile of Red Oak, White Pine and Butternut boards.


  • Steve acquires a significant number of power tools that are useful for boat building
  • The wood yard and access road are cleared, lumber/firewood storage shed is built with lumber harvested and milled in 2014.
  • After countless hours of research a boat is chosen, Ingrid designed by William Atkin
  • Patreon is discovered, the plan is ironed out and Alix joins Steve in the building adventure.


-At Present-

  • The dark, dank prison cell like space in the back of the garage was renovated into a bright, warm and cozy wood shop using mostly recycled materials.
  • The plans for Ingrid (our future Arabella) were purchased
  • Basic video equipment was purchased
  • Website went live
  • Finalized our logos, printed business cards and got merchandise printed
  • Lumber list was compiled
  • Logging winch was fabricated and tree harvested
  • Sawmill was delivered. Steve almost singlehandedly ran all the logs from the downed trees through the sawmill to produce the stack of lumber needed for the build.
  • Put out first video and launched Patreon (www.patreon.com)
  • Plans are lofted! (Lofting plans = Drawing them to actual size in order to take measurements and build molds from them)
  • We are building molds.

-Coming Soon-

  • Build a keel mold out of concrete
  • Build a smelter capable of containing 9,000+lbs of molten lead
  • Purchase 9,000+lbs of lead, likely in the form of old wheel weights from local scrap yard.
  • Fire up the smelter and pour the ballast keel
  • Start framing the backbone timbers