Boat Building Continues with Richard Honan and the Brewin Brothers

A few weeks ago, we introduced you to the exciting Atlantic 17 Rowboat building project undertaken by TotalBoat Ambassador, Richard Honan, and his friends, Dave and Gus Brewin. Today, we bring you another update from their latest Sunday Funday session, filled with camaraderie, challenges, and of course, plenty of laughs.

This Sunday marked another milestone in the boat building journey as the team tackled the attachment of the center sheer plank and the creation of templates for the bow and stern sheer planks. With trusty Thixo Thickened Epoxy and a caulking gun in hand, the process moved swiftly. The unique design of the Thixo Tip allowed for seamless mixing of the thickened epoxy as it was dispensed, streamlining the task at hand.

Reflecting on the day's progress, one can't help but acknowledge the inevitability of mistakes. As one member of the team aptly put it, "Will the sun come up tomorrow morning?" Mistakes are part and parcel of any endeavor, and the Brewin Brothers are no strangers to them. Yet, with each setback, they persevere, learning and growing along the way. And with memories that seem to conveniently fade, the mishaps of today will be but a distant memory by the time the project reaches completion.

Amidst the trials and tribulations of boat building, there's always a shining star, and this week, it was none other than Gus. Not content with simply showing up, Gus treated the team to a delectable coffee break surprise – a freshly baked loaf of Tuscan Pan Bread. Paired with an array of savory treats, it was a culinary delight that earned Gus well-deserved accolades.

With the morning's tasks completed, attention turned to the next steps in the project. Templates for the bow and stern sheer planks were meticulously crafted, setting the stage for the final planks to be cut and attached in the coming week. And beyond that lies the formidable task of glassing the entire exterior of the hull, a challenge that the Brewin Brothers are eager to tackle head-on.

As the sun sets on another productive day, Richard, Dave and Gus stand on the cusp of greatness, their passion and dedication driving them ever forward. With each passing week, their boat takes shape, a testament to their craftsmanship and camaraderie. Join us again for the next installment of their adventure, as we follow along on this journey of creativity, perseverance, and friendship.


These gentlemen are building their boat in the correct way and with the proper materials. But more importantly , they are providing a “forever spirit” into her hull as they speak, and collaborate on her design and form as it develops.
Boat Building is such an Amazing Journey at any Level. Good Job Fellows!


Where are your safety glasses?? Safety first and you are setting an example.

Stan White

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