Much of his week was spent filling the inside of the boat then getting covered in epoxy dust as we sanded it smooth with orbital sanders! It needed filling twice to achieve a respectable finish. You can see the rudder stock at the stern of the boat as we’ve also been checking how the rudder set up will work. Unfortunately the fibreglass tube in which the stock will sit came with bushes that were too small, and it’s been returned to be re-done.
We also had more exams this week and I’m pleased to say I passed all of them – good to get those out of the way!
Here you can see what is called a rod which we’ve built above the boat. This has a tape measure fixed to it on which we have marked key items from the lofting such as the stations and where the centre board and mast are located. We then hang a plumb bob from the rod to find the same point in the boat. We have already dry fitted the centreboard case and will epoxy this in place next week.
Carson has been working on the rudder which is made of douglas fir and here you can see it dry fitted to the rudder stock. It needs some more shaping, then glassing, filling & painting. The centreboard needs the pivot hole re-drilling (don’t ask!) and then will be ready for glassing and so on.
Adam made the ensign flagpole on Friday and here he is posing with his creation. This will sit right at the stern in a bronze fitting and will fly the red ensign. We now only have the boom to do and all the spars will be complete. This is being worked on by Harry, a graduate of the Academy. Then it’s a matter of oiling them and attaching the fittings. This is quite an achievement, finishing this number of spars so quickly. Thanks, Adam & Harry!
We had to move the mast off the workshop floor yesterday so propped it up in a corner – this picture gives a good idea of its size!
This week I’ve also organised the trailer and the off-the-shelf fittings – the boat has 25 pulleys!! These will be Davey & Co ash ones.
We need to have the floors done in the next week – there are 10 of these – they go across the bottom of the boat to give it more rigidity and the soles (in effect the floor of the boat – confused or what!) sit on top of these. Then the key next steps are putting in and finishing the centreboard case, painting the inside, putting the seat riser and harpin back in, thwarts & decking. The sail company are coming to help to rig her on Monday 6 June so we have just over 5 weeks to get all this done. Scary!
I’ve also included a quick update on the other boats. Here you can see Max’s international sailing canoe with the mahogany deck now added. This was vacuum bagged to ensure a good fixing.
And Regina has now completed all her planking and the moulds are off. What a pretty boat!
Adrian has also completed planking and removed the moulds yesterday. The diesel engine arrives soon. As with Regina’s boat the next steps are steaming in timbers (the pieces that go vertically from the sheer to the hog in the bottom of the boat) and the floors.
And Dan & Bob’s Lucille which now has the oak keel attached.