The steps for building the boat are outlined generally in Michalak’s book and specifically on the Mayfly’s plans. These have been adjusted a bit based on my understanding of the process. I can tell I’ll be building in a different order, based on the materials, space and money I have  at any given time.

Definitions for the various parts of the boat may be viewed here.


  1. Build two temporary frames from 3/4″ boards – DONE
  2. Rip chine logs and wales from 3/4″ boards – DONE
  3. Build two bulkheads from 1/4″ ply, framed,  beveling sides and bottom edges to spec –  DONE
  4. Build transom from 1/4″ ply, beveling sides and bottom edges to spec -DONE
  5. Draw and cut side panels from 1/4″ ply – DONE
  6. Join side panels using butt block, glued and screwed – DONE
  7. Fabricate Inner Stem – DONE
  8. Install sides onto temporary frame 8, draw ends of sides together with rope or straps, insert bulkheads, install Temporary Frame – DONE
  9. Install Chine Logs – DONE
  10. Install Inner and Outer Wales – DONE
  11. Install 1/2″ ply bottom on inverted sides of boat, trim excess to fit, then bevel edges and glue and nail to sides – DONE
  12. Laminate 6-ounce fiberglass cloth on bottom set in epoxy DONE, but need graphite coat.
  13. Laminate chine logs with 3″ fiberglass tape set in epoxy.
  14. Attach 1/4″ plywood decks fore and aft.
  15. Cut and install coamings for hatches, using 3/4″ lumber.
  16. Cut hatch covers from 1/4″ plywood and 3/4″ square lumber.
  17. Install optional outer stem, from 1-1/2″ lumber.


  1. Laminate two 1/2″plywood pieces to form rudder.
  2. Melt and install 3 pounds of internal lead ballast, then fair and finish
  3. Fashion rubber cheeks from 1/2″ plywood and bolt to rudder.
  4. Laminate two 1/2″ plywood pieces to form rudder, then finish with 3 pounds of internal lead ballast.
  5. Form tiller from 1-1/2″ lumber, bolt to rudder cheeks.
  6. Fashion lower leeboard guard from 2 layers 1/2″ plywood.
  7. Mold upper leeboard mount from 4 layers of 1/4″ plywood formed to sheer.
  8. Laminate mast using 3/4″-1″-3/4″ boards, 2-12″ square from base to 2′, then tapering to 1-1/2″ at 9′-10″
  9. Laminate yard from two 1-1/2″ 3/4″ inch pieces, 11 feet long – DONE
  10. Laminate boom from two 1-1/2″ 3/4″ inch pieces, 11 feet long – DONE
  11. Fabricate 1-1/2″mast step (plate that holds base of mast on bottom of boat) from two pieces 3/4″ lumber
  12. Fabricate mast partner (hold mast to forward bulkhead and deck) from 1-1/2″ lumber.
  13. Make a dacron or polytarp sail

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