FAMILY TIME is a sailing tri-keel fin skiff, based on Summer Breeze by David Beede. She was garage built in Rowlett, Texas, from studying several sets of internet plans.
Materials were mostly from Home Depot. Lauan plywood, KILZ original oil based primer, Glidden Exterior Porch and Floor paint and PL Premium construction adhesive. The bottom 3 inches were also given a layer of fiberglass cloth and fiberglass resin.
Mast is 16 feet tall made of 3 pieces of aluminum that connect together with a 4 foot long wooden mast head for the 3 stays.
The Boom is 9 foot long and made from 1 inch dowel that is dogboned along the side form weight and flexibility.
Sails are made from thin polytarp and last about 4 years with heavy use.
She was built on a tight monetary budget, but the pennies saved added up to more maintenance labor over the next years.
Lauan is marine grade and will delaminate even with great conditions. Once every couple of years I have had to replace different small sections of the hull. Approximately 4 sq feet each time.
Better materials at the beginning will result in less repairs and more sailing.