Beveling Boat Transoms

Sawn Frames Boatbuilding

The Backbone Tail Feather and Transom, Molds, and Sheer Let's assume that this keel is on its side, with stem and sternpost in place, and with ballast keel bolted on. Chain a timber to the exposed side and stand it upright to rest on two wide 10-inch blocks one way aft, and the forward one at the toe of the ballast casting. The vessel is obviously down by the head. Secure it at the after block so that it cannot possibly slide backward or tip sideways. Now clamp a straightedge from the side of...

Boat Wooden Grab Rail Plans

Bulwark, in a West-country merchant schooner (c. 1880) (Drawing courtesy of Basil Greenhill, The Woodshipbuilders) Bulwark stanchions may or may not be top timbers of the hull frame, depending upon their location for bulwark support. It is customary to fasten bulwark stanchions through planking, beam shelf, and ceiling, independently of the hull frames, to ensure their easy removal for repairs or replacement. Grips cut deep enough to pass a line through Screwed or bolted through housetop beams...

Smooth and Fair Hull

Hull Planing Wedges

This will be a short chapter for me, and a long-two weeks for you. You are going to plank the transom, bung the fastenings, smooth the hull, caulk, smooth some more, and mark the water -1 ine and you're going to do these things before you take the molds out, or you'll be sorry. I always reverse the procedure, and have all these things to do with shores and staging in the way. But I assume that you have a flawless character, and neither postpone the tedious nor reach greedily for the next...

The Backbone Stem Rabbet and Frame Sockets

Long Keel Yachts Lines Plan

I'd like to read from my Ode to the Black Locust, but fortunately it's still all in the head, and hazy at that. The subject is the Stem. Out front every time first to take the brunt, whatever that is symbol of Man's conquest of the unknown stark in the cresting seas, the boiling sun, the creaking frosts of high latitudes. And not always up to facing these responsibilities, either, unless it's a pretty good piece to start with, and capped at the top to keep fresh water out of the end grain. So,...

The Planking Process From the Garboard Up

Batten Seam Planking

Now that the upper pari of the hull is planked, it's time to plank up the bottom, starting with the lowermost plank called the garboard. Put aside the diminish board, grab a batten, flex your knees, and get down where you can contemplate that section of boat below the tuck ribband. Now, you could close in this section with planks that run thus narrow enough so that they can easily be shaped to fit the hollow of the wineglass, and not too hard to fit see Figure 10-1 . It's perhaps worth noting...

The Backbone Keel and Sternpost

Ferme Toit Longueur Port

Your designer probably calls for a white oak .eel, properly air dried. This is good he could nave been much more specific, and gotten us -.11 in trouble. He might have inherited from iis Naval Construction days one of those little -lectric moisture-content indicators, and got-en all excited about what it told him. Although, confidentially, I've watched him read the shielded dial, nod with satisfaction, md mark OK on a timber that had been swaying to the summer breezes three weeks gt efore. He...

The Planking Process From the Sheer Down

Parallel Curb Ramp Detail

So there she is, set up, timbered out, rabbet faired, ready for planking. This is the biggest single job, and probably the most difficult for the beginner not because there's anything very complicated about it, but because much of it depends on j udgment, eye, and the unconscious skill of hand that you gradually acquire without knowing it. The old pro loves to fit planks because he can do it without thinking, and it's his great talent, with a sort of timeless rhythm to it, which clothes and...

Centerboards and Trunks

Certain crafty old boatmen will greet the word centerboard with bitter derision, and a cynical scorn thev'd otherwise reserve toward a proposal of a good buy on the Brooklyn Bridge. They've had experience with centerboards. Thev know mavbe not all of the troubles vou can have with that foolish invention, but thev Centerboards and trunks can have problems, as you'll probably be told at length, with heal, and in lurid detail. Your informant, wise in the ways of boats, will list a few of the...