Getting it all together

Once the kit had been ordered, what about the rest of the timber? The manual gives a very comprehensive cutting list, but you need to decide if you are to do the lugsail version of the Morbic or the sloop version. Being inclined towards simplicity and single-handed sailing, the lugsail version seemed more sensible for me.

I worked through the cutting list, and after browsing the net, I finally settled on Robbins Timber in Bristol. They were recommended to me by another Hornet friend, Tim Coombe, who has a reputation of making exceedingly fine boats – he had recently finished a superb refurb on my Hornet as below. It won the Concours D’Elegance at the Dinghy Show 2013

Having spoken to George at Robbins, I ended up sending the complete list to them, and they put together a complete quote, which saved me a lot of trouble. If you’re considering a Morbic build, let me know, and I can send you the final cutting list. It turned out to be very accurate, and very good quality.

The upside was also that I now know what PAR* stands for!

Getting the kit delivered was challenge. I was down in Devon at around the time the kit was ready (I’d put a winning bid on a 10 foot launch on eBay which I had to collect, but that’s another story!) so I arranged to drop in and see Alec, on the off chance I would pick up some of the bits. It was pouring with rain, so I thought better of it, but it gave me the chance to have a look at Alec’s workshop, which was very impressive. It’s amazing how these CNC routers work – stick in a sheet of 8′ x 4′ ply, and press Go!

This is what comes out of the CNC machine – sheets of plywood with all the parts accurately cut out

*planed all round

In the end, TNT delivered all the sheet parts on a large pallet, which quickly had to be put in the workshop to avoid the rain. A few days later, another lorry came with the wood from Robbins. No going back now!

6 thoughts on “Getting it all together”

  1. Hi John,
    I am just starting off on my first home build – a Morbic 12 (due not in small part to your blog)
    I am building it in Poland and am already finding that some materials are not readily available but that’s just part of the challenge and the fun 🙂
    I’d really appreciate a copy of the final cutting list for the timber if possible plus any other watch outs you might want to share . It might make my life a bit easier.
    Great job and very informative blog. Many thanks for sharing

  2. Hi John,
    I’m too thinking of building this fine boat and was wondering if you still have the cutting list for the timber. I would really appreciate if you could help me.
    Many thanks
    Brisbane, Australia

      1. Hi John, I have been reading your blog with great interest as I to am about to embark on my Morbic 12 build project. I was wondering if you could please send me your hard wood cutting list as it is sure to be very useful.

        Kind regards


        1. Hi Kevin
          No problem. I’ll be back from holiday in the next couple of weeks so I’ll do it then?

  3. 17/7/2022
    Do you still have the cutting list … Love to see it, as I have the DNC files and plywood ready
    Just beginning to get organised, by reading all the Morbic blogs … happy sailing

    You should put list on the blog.
    Nga mihi

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