A new, hand-crafted, red-white-and-blue sailboat successfully made its maiden voyage recently on Lake Tschida, near Elgin.
A new, hand-crafted, red-white-and-blue sailboat successfully made its maiden voyage recently on Lake Tschida, near Elgin. Adam Jangula, a Dickinson native who is married to Stefanie Brackel , formerly of Mott, built the 20 foot, 350 lb. sailboat in his garage in Fargo.
He had always wanted to build a boat, and had sailed a tiny sailboat when he was younger, but a two-hour sailboat cruise on Lake Superior inspired him to pursue his dream. He felt that if he didn’t build a boat he would always regret it. He began construction in the spring of 2014, and finished in June of 2015, after an estimated 400 hours of building and 100 hours of research. His research included reading books, watching videos, and participating in online forums.
Tools he utilized included a circular saw, band saw, planer, sander, drill, and various hand tools. Wood was purchased from area stores, including a special order for marine plywood. He used 4.5 gallons of epoxy, which he had to order from another source, as well as fiberglass cloth. The building method is called “stitch and glue”, because the plywood panels are first wired together, (”stitched”) and then glued together with the epoxy and fiberglass, which were also used to make the boat waterproof. He fashioned the centerboard, oars, and masts also– gluing layers of wood together and then sawing, planing, and sanding them down to the correct shapes.
Adam also sewed the two sails after reading a few “how-to” books. He used UV-resistant polyester fabric, and polyester thread, and borrowed a sewing machine to use for the required zig-zag stitching.
The boat is loosely based on a Swampscott dory, a fishing boat design from the 19th century. This type of boat was known for being seaworthy and capable of hauling large loads. This boat can carry 1000 pounds.
The name of the boat will be “Fox in Socks”, named after the catchy title of a Dr. Seuss book which Adam likes to read to his infant daughter, Elise.