Right, so you decide to build a boat yourself. You have planned and taken the first steps, consulted with people of experience and perhaps even bought some of the things you’ll need. The most important part, actually, is finding a space to build the boat. This importance is compiled of several aspects.
Firstly, the more space you have for moving around, the better. Plywood, the bulk wood and what not takes space. It takes space to operate with the wood, lift it around, inspect sheets. Laying a plywood sheet flat and cutting it. You could build Fafnir in a garage, this is also what we planned on doing – a space where the boat would barely fit – , but it would add a whole lot of time and frustration to your work.
Temperature. If you use epoxy, you need at least 18-32 degrees Celsius (64-70F) for the epoxy to dry properly. There are special mixes that dry in cold as well, but these are harder to come by, and they are probably more expensive.
Breating in toxic fumes ain’t a past time we like. So, ventilation is good to have as well. Epoxy fumes are very toxic, don’t breath it! When you get to sanding, all of your garage will be covered in a layer of fine wood dust. Not a very good thing to breathe in either.
Electricity is a must in all aspects. It might seem strange to even mention this, but for example not all rentable garages are equipped with wall outlets. Usually it adds to the rent price if there is electricity.
We build in an old welding lab, so we have very good forced ventilation in the garage. We also have a lot of space. Fafnir is 4 meters long, we could build a 8 meter boat if we wanted to, but it would be a bit difficult to get it out later. Which is another aspect to concider. Building a fine sailboat and not being able to take it out to water, because it does not fit trough the door would definitely get you a Darwin award.
It was not easy for us to find this space. We asked from here and there, and in our last hopes we were mentally prepared to build the boat in a under 4 meter lenght garage. Then we asked around some more and we stubled across the old welding lab, which is now used by University of Life Sciences technics club. Thanks to Marten Madissoo for granting acess! If you can’t find a good space, look more. It is out there.