Is Your Refrigerator Running? Almost! – Episode 213 – Acorn to Arabella: Journey of a Wooden Boat

From Acorn To Arabella.

Coach roof (cabin house) carlins are installed this week, and there’s probably not much more satisfying than seeing finish go onto interior pieces before they’re assembled like big-kid Lego, where they’ll live all their days from here on out. Since the surface just above it will be strip built then fiberglassed, the half-lap joinery is simple and more than sufficient.

The Sea Frost refrigeration unit is unboxed on camera, and the heart-stopping process unfolds of finally putting holes into the beautiful refrigerator we’ve made. The condenser plates are really durable, built like slim tanks that are puncture proof. We chit chat about what kind of space should be dedicated to the boat refrigerator and freezer.

And finally, we get to preparing, hosting, and then reflecting on our very last open house here in Granby. This time next year we’ll be thinking about launching this boat. More on that soon.


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Acorn to Arabella is a boat building project taking place in Granby, Massachusetts. Steve started as an amateur boat builder building a 38′ wooden boat in his backyard: designer William Atkin’s Ingrid with a Stormy Petrel’s gaff rig. These videos follow the journey from tree felling, to lumber milling, to lofting, to the lead keel pour and beyond—sharing details of the woodworking, carpentry, metal smithing, tool building, and tool maintenance that wooden boats command. This ultimate DIY project will continue well past launch, when he and the crew will travel and learn to cruise aboard the boat that they’ve built. Just kidding about all that, this channel is about a Siberian Laika named Akiva.


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