Endless hours were spent on watching videos and reading articles of people sailing over distant seas, seeing distant lands, spending time with their thought and reaching fundamental conclusions of what it is to be a human being. A yearn to find it all out by personal experience settled. Inspired by boatbuilding adventurers such as Sebastian Näslund and Yrvind, a decision to construct a sailboat was made. A resonance of ideas between two physics course mates sparked the work process. Either of us had ever built a boat nor sailed. We started out from nothing, no place to build, not even a budget – but we had the idea, a ton of willpower and four years later we launched a boat.
We faced problems with almost every stage of the build. Most of this was due to our inexperience. The purpose of this webpage is to share our experience and if you will, help you in the process of realizing your dream of building a boat. The journey is tough and costs money and time. But the result of it is much more than just a boat which you can buy secondhand for much less money. The result is creating new meaning to life through realizing your dreams in a shape and form which can not be repeated, gaining new friends on a similar course. Every screw or nail you put into a yet undefined piece wood is a step closer to a goal. We believe that small steps make big dreams come true.
The boat took four years to build, from 2011 April to 2015 July. We did not build all the time. Her upbringing was shared between school, life, work, low budget seasons and all that stuff so common in the life of young guys. Despite all obstacles, or the ever so dull lack of obstacles, Kvark finally made her maiden voyage on 27th of July 2015.
“Launching her was like a drug overdose. I never had the latter, but I imagine it is similar. Serious euphoria for half a day and a equally serious comedown on the second half. I was in love the first few days after launch. I could not stop thinking about sailing and I hopped on my bicycle as soon as the winds went up on the forecast. The first few times biking the 17 km distance seemed to take forever. More sober emotions settled in a few weeks later: gratitude, a simple feeling of enjoy and relaxation.” – Uku
Her name Kvark means Quark in English. A quark is a fundamental particle of matter. For example a proton is made up of three quarks. So, one could say she is small, tough and the building block of big things.
She has now sailed her first season on a lake and is being prepared for her next season, which is to be spent on the Baltic sea. Seamen with beards and experience tell us that she is no good, that she is simply too small and we will vomit our guts out. The problem is that telling us no to do something definitely gets our fire started. And we did not build her to sail on a lake. We know that she is very difficult to turtle. Even if she does, she will likely just pop upright. In the summer of 2016 we want to sail her to Sweden to visit the legendary small-sailboat designer and builder Sven Yrvind (he does not know it yet). Uku, one of the builders, is determined to sail her across the Atlantic East to West at the latest in 2020.
Kvark is a John Welsford design called “Fafnir“. She is 4 meters long with a 1.9 meter beam, a draft of about 80 cm and weight of 650 kg unloaded. Her maximum sailing weight is 1100 kg, that includes 250 kg ballast built into the keel. Her sail area is 14 square meters and she boasts a traditional bermuda rig with the ability to steer and control the sails from inside the cabin. John is a renowed boat designer from New Zealand. The proof of his work is a very large boatbuilding community that spans the globe.
Many thanks to:
Johan Alexander Petti
Tartu Estonia Freecycle(TM)
Saadjärve Jahtklubi ja Puhkekeskus
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