The BBCo Sailboat Kit - Only available in Australia
Making parents and grandparents look like legends.
The BBCo Sailboat Kit is the perfect DIY project for any aspiring legend. Because anyone, anywhere can build a boat. All you need to do is follow the step-by-step Australian instructions.
· Detailed plans and informative construction notes
· Precision-cut plywood
· Stainless steel screws
. Square copper nails
· Silicon-bronze nails
· Two-part epoxy glue
· Cups and stirrers for preparing the glue
· Three tubes of Sikaflex premium marine adhesive/sealant
· Disposable gloves
. Sail and rope
. Mast, boom and gaff
· Caulking Gun
Unbuilt dimensions: 3000mm x 700mm x 230mm
Weight: 50kg (110 lbs)
Built dimensions: 3000mm x 1300mm x 515mm
Built weight: 50kg (110 lbs)
How long will it take to build?
The BBCo Sailboat Kit usually takes around 30 hours to complete, so allow two weekends to give the epoxy and sealant a chance to set. For more information, download our detailed instruction manual for Australia.
Where do I buy oars?
AUSTRALIA: You can buy them right here, in the acccessories section of our store. We sell a pair of 6 foot oars complete with stops, also sold seperately at Whitworths in Sydney, Australia.
Where do I buy lifejackets?
AUSTRALIA: Lifejackets can be bought at Whitworths, Sturrocks, Target or any store with an outdoors section.
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Building The Puffin was of the greatest accomplishments of my life. I was the first sydney-based BBCo sailboat-building customer back in 2012 and even now, 4 years on, it regularly comes up in conversation.
I built it in the living room of my share house. Andrew was awesome and called a few times to check in on me and offer advice (and lets be honest, I called him a few times with questions too!).
I raised a few eyebrows at Gladesville Whitworths when I went in to purchase various bits and bobs for the rigging (a 27 year old female wearing an especially girly dress) and it came to light that I was building a boat. I even earned some street (marina?) cred amongst my dad's yachty friends up in Pittwater.
My advice for building a BBCo sailboat would be: if you're going to build it in your lounge room measure the door that it will have to leave through, ventilate, recruit friends to help/supervise, recruit friends to bring snacks and enjoy the build because it's the best part.
Also I highly recommend having a launch party (but do a test run first to make sure that it does in fact float). I invited all my friends and family and we had a BBQ and took turns rowing and sailing it.
Years on Andrew asked to borrow the Puffin for an editorial photoshoot for a magazine and I also featured in a SMH article below...
"Graphic designer Andrea Dell was one of the first to make a Balmain Boat Company boat. She created it in the living room of her share house in Leichhardt and christened it The Puffin. ''Obviously there's a wonderful sense of achievement,'' Dell says. ''It makes you a hit with the gentlemen and marine hardware clerks! It's also, for me, a bit about sticking it to anyone who thinks that you can't build a boat wearing a skirt.''
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/instructions-enclosed-20120927-26m4y.html#ixzz4BR59TpdC
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In summary, I highly recommend building a BBCo boat – for yourself, for your family and for your friends - everyone will benefit. If I can do it, anyone can.
I'm currently exploring the idea of renting it out to couples and families who want to have an afternoon afloat (or to potential BBCo customers who would like to try before you buy)! If you're interested you can contact me at email@example.com Andrea on 13th Jun 2016