19FT Half Decked, Double-Ended Sloop Sjogin III

Sjogin III is a sturdy, seaworthy daysailer that evolved as a smaller, trailerable version of the 22ft double-ender Sjogin II.  Both carry the Scandinavian influence of the original Sjogin which is thought to be based on a Norwegian Koster boat.  The plan set contains details of three construction methods, all of them suitable for a boat that may spent time out of the water in dry land storage.
Construction: Cold molded, strip planked or glued clinker plywood.

Plans are available from Paul Gartside. Click here to visit his site.

Sjogin III was in Watercraft Magazine #93 (May/June 2012)

The winter of 2013-14 turned into a record breaker for extreme cold and snowfall here in NJ. (2015 is now the coldest!) Since my workshop is unheated I retreated to my basement to build a model of Paul Gartside's Sjogin III. This is the leading contender for my next build after I get Rivus, the melonseed, completed...hopefully by this summer (2014). It is a 2"=1' scale using scrap wood that I milled in my very cold shop. I decided on the 2" scale because I should be able to mill the wood for that scale, plus I'm not a great model builder and with this scale I can hopefully get a better idea on how the parts are supposed to go together. The purpose of this is to get a feel for building the real boat and to experiment with a cuddy cabin. It might not be practical on this hull but I've seen small cabins put on Gartsides #93, by Dana Marlin and Gloey. Of course I'll paint it up to try to make it look like a boat.

A brutally cold winter so it's a good time to retreat to the basement and start a model. 2"=1' scale

Using cedar scraps for planking. It's easy to work with and I had some.

Not a very good job lining off and planking. This is where building the real boat would be easier. Getting the planks to stay where you want is a challenge. Using Titebond and only one plank a day to get it to set.

Spars were fun to make, used scrap pine.

Hull was just about finished when my brother reminded me about this Veritas mini plane, what a great modeling tool!

Hull popped off the mold. As I would soon discover I should have left some of the molds in as it lost some shape, scale 6" beam width.

Outer keel installed, laminated in placements of clamps and screws

CB, frames and floors installed. While the glued lap version does not call for frames I added them (scale 14") to try to get the hull back to shape. Got a couple of scale inches back but it's still about 4" on the thin side, hence the Sjogin III-a designation.

Deck beams, lots of them

Plywood decking (doorskin)

Xynole polyester and epoxy for simulated canvas look

Deck painted and coamings await...that should be a challenge

Bit and bowsprit, these little projects are fun.

A unique Gartside innovation, a sliding outboard mounting board. Time permitting, suppose I should make a little outboard.
Spring came and it was now time to get out of the basement and work on real boats...and other outdoor projects.
Another brutal winter here in NJ puts me back down in the basement. I sort of forgot I was documenting this build, so there is a bit to catch up.

I wanted to see what she'd look like with a cuddy cabin so I cut out part of the forward deck and stepped the mast through the cabin top. I think it works, although a higher cabin would be more practical in a full size boat.

The brightwork is black locust, made from scraps left over from building somewhat bigger boats. All the fittings were made from sheet brass. The only materials bought for this model were brass eyelets and glue. A very low cost hobby, but time consuming.