Early Days

Good article, I’ve taken the liberty of moving your pictures up the article from the bottom and into the text. While the system is a bit clunky compared to FaceBook or Twitter it allows one to do a bit more than posting selfies!
After you have placed a picture, illustration or drawing you can move it about or resize it.


Just a note on the bit about the transom – we do have a shape for it from the plans, it’s just that cutting it out is a job that we haven’t got round to yet – so it’s not quite right to say that we can’t work it out until later in the process.
Blog looks good with the pictures spread out through the story though.

Oh but I think that’s exactly why we shouldn’t be cutting it to shape now. I recall Nigel G saying that it should be left until later…..
This sort of discussion is one of the reasons why a blog is so useful – wouldn’t you say?

If you are sure of the method you are going to use to fit it to the sternpost go ahead. Remember that the bevel will have to be taken into account. I.e. the after or outboard face is the true shape. Also, you will need to decide if it will have horns to protect the plank ends.
Good luck!

The beginning…….

After spending some time clearing our work space and preparing shadow-boards for tools, drawing a scale plan (lofting) of the component parts and deciding on the measurements and construction methods, taking advice from those that have been here before, we have made a start with the Trust’s first boat to be built from scratch.

ScantlingsIt would be a mistake to think that because we have restored and renovated quite a few historic wooden boats, that building a new one from the drawing board would be simple.  Restoration projects mean that there are at least some remains of a structure that can be used to give an idea of what the end result should look like, but without any old photographs or original designs to refer to, a new-build is a little daunting to the inexperienced (that’ll be us then).

aft-wedge-cutSo, last week we took our designs and after discussion with our mentor, Nigel Gray, began to make the ply-wood templates of some of the components.  This was done by pressing tacks along stem-templatethe edges of the design and pushing the ply-wood over these so that the indentations give an exact outline of the drawn shape.    Here the Aft-Wedge is marked out and the ply-wood template made.



The Aft Wedge will be a particularly important part of the build as the propeller shaft will have to pass through it at a critical angle and be wide enough to accommodate the propeller (within the curve above).

A similar process is being carried out for some of the stem pieces and in this way we will produce a set of templates for the main frame and key components.


Meatransomnwhile, the transom has been made from oak without a template.  This is because it is recognised that the precise outline will be very difficult to predict at this stage until the planking and stern pieces are made and in place.