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.

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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.

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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.