Boat Shed #2

Who would have thought that I’d be starting to write about building another boat shed, this soon after having built the first one? Well, that’s where I am, and so be it. We moved from Portuguese Cove to Chester, and the boat shed couldn’t come with us, so I’m about to build another one from scratch. What fun! That’s only partially sarcastic – I do expect this one to be fun, the last one was, and this one will go more quickly and be done better than the last, which is great.

The new house came with a perfect place to put a boat shed – it’s a road bed that crosses the top of the property near the current road, running between the road and the driveway. Being a former road bed, it’s flat and level, and is mostly cleared already – only a few trees have started to fill in, and they’re all young (although there is one nice pine in the way, which is unfortunate). The former road bed is about 20’ wide, which is slightly narrower than I’d prefer, but it’ll work out nicely regardless – the shed will fit in and will be protected on both sides by trees. It will also be accessible from the road and from the driveway. I intend to put the large doors facing the road and a smaller door facing the driveway since I’ve already proven that it’s very difficult to make the turn from the driveway into the spot the shed will go with the trailer (not impossible, however!). Backing the boat in off of the road will be a snap.

The new shed will be much like the old – it’ll be a bow shed, that is. I’m planning to make the bows a little longer – 20 feet – and the shed a little longer as well – 44 feet. I won’t use knee walls again since they proved problematic, so I will lose some width at deck level, but I think with the 20’ bows (the old shed used 18’ ones) I should manage alright. If worst comes to worst I can lift the boat off of the trailer onto jack stands in the shed which will lower it by almost 2’ and give me more width at deck level. I doubt that’ll be necessary, however.

At this point I’m also planning to cover the shed differently than last time – I’m planning on using clapboard instead of plastic. That will be permanent, and eliminate my worries over the plastic failing at an inopportune time. It’ll also stop birds from poking holes in the peak, which they were doing with the old shed (wasn’t a big deal, just small holes, but it would have eventually leaked noticeably). The clapboard won’t let in any light, so I’ll also build in some windows using sheets of twinwall polycarbonate. By facing the windows South I’ll be able to get a little heat in the winter, and by keeping them low on the building I’ll be able to avoid it in the summer.

Of course this is the early-on planning stage, and some or all of this may turn out to be unreasonable or unaffordable, but it’s what I’m thinking so far.

Another option is to build a conventional shed with stick-built walls and roof trusses. The advantage of this is that it’s conventional and easy to get permitted, will look “normal” on the property, and will be easy to apply the siding (I’m still mentally working out how to put clapboard on a wall which curves inward as it goes up). But we’ll see.

The main purpose of this post is to announce that I’m getting rolling again, after nearly a year of not getting anything significant done on the boat. Can’t wait!