How To Make Boat Soup – Episode 262 – Acorn to Arabella: Journey of a Wooden Boat

THANK YOU to everyone who has joined and upgraded on Patreon. The next Live from the Boat Shed for Patreon supporters will certainly be a hoot! The link to join is below.

You’re invited to our Longboarding Party! Buy some wood, try your hand at the “torture boards”. RSVP here:

For some pine tar soap and beautiful, traditional yacht enamels, visit Kirby Paint Co.’s website:

Ross goes over exactly what he was doing on the boat deck for the weeks he was here, including the refining of the surface and seams where Jeffrey’s Marine Glue had gone astray or needed some care. Enjoy a satisfying application of linseed oil to the deck, too.

Small pieces, all that were simultaneously in production, are installed on the boat, making Arabella look more complete than ever as far as deck furniture is concerned. The coaming for the lazarette hatch, the companionway step and frame, the main sheet traveler (with a sneak peek at its future), the forehatch, the cockpit nav station, dorade boxes, the toerails… it’s all coming together.

And finally, we share our very simple version of boat soup. Anne uses far less tar and adds turpentine to hers. The recipes vary from shop to shop. Share yours below!

Thanks for cheering us on. It means the world.


Sign up for our email newsletter:

Acorn to Arabella is a wooden boat building project taking place in Granby, Massachusetts. Steve started as an amateur wooden boat builder building a 38′ wooden sailboat in his backyard: designer William Atkin’s Ingrid with a Stormy Petrel’s gaff rig. These videos follow the journey from tree felling, to lumber milling, to lofting, to the lead keel pour and beyond—sharing details of the woodworking, carpentry, metal smithing, tool building, and tool maintenance that classic wooden boats command. This ultimate DIY boatbuilding project will continue well past launch, when he and the crew will travel and learn to cruise aboard the handmade wooden boat that they’ve built. Just kidding about all that, this channel is about a Siberian Laika named Akiva.


If you are interested in supporting/helping here are a few ways:
Acorn to Arabella’s wishlist:

TotalBoat supports A2A! Please consider using our Total Boat referral code. Click here, then shop: They’ll kick 10% our way!
This week we use the High Performance Epoxy:

To offer recurring support via Patreon, CLICK BELOW. Just $5 a month gets you an invite to our monthly patron-only livestream Q&A sessions!

Original Soundtrack available at