Finally! The time to begin building has arrived and it seems as though it has been a long time coming!

This is the first episode of the 18 sailboat build and begins with the construction of the strongback. This is necessary to assure a symmetrical boat hull with fair lines, and to hold frames & bulkheads rigidly in position as the longitudinal pieces are installed to tie frames together and install plywood panels which make up the skin of the hull.

Just as a house must have a sturdy foundation before it can be built, the strongback makes up the foundation such that a boat hull can be built.

Here's the video: