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Closing the gap

Almost there!

After what seems like months we are very close to finishing the planking of the hull. In this post I wanted to describe the process I am using to finish the planking before cladding the hull (with it’s glass skin).

Curvy planks

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The sun shines – so it’s back to the wood shed!

Just a quick post to demonstrate that I have managed to start planking again, now the boat shed temperatures are high enough to stop the epoxy being like toffee…

We are getting really close to closing up the hull at the stem and stern – the twist in each plank is getting hard to mange at the stem, but I think we will get there…. Continue reading

Progress – reaching the bilge & stringer

We have been planking continuously now, if only work would stop getting in the way….

Reached a couple of milestones in the last week

  • Planking reached half-way up the stem and half-way round the transom (of course we are no-where near half way at the broadest point of the hull).
  • Planking got too high to reach – so installed some staging to stand on (slices of one of the trees that came down last winter and some old scaffold boards)..

At this point the planking has been going quite simply, as the hull shape means that at this point the planks are almost straight and level (in the horizontal plane)… I think I sense trouble ahead as we reach the forefoot…

Here are latest pictures; she is starting to show her lines, and they are more “tug/yacht” than “fine river launch”, but we like them, and she is meant to be sea-going so I guess this is to be expected. But it’s hard to get far enough away to get a proper picture.  (click for full-size images):

Planking reaches the Bilge Stringer

Planking reaches the Bilge Stringer

Planking half-way round transom

Planking half-way round transom

Making sense of the planking?

I think we are starting to get “into the flow” with the planking… Louise and I work like a (reasonably) well oiled machine now – as you can see from the pics below the hull is starting to take shape.

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Planking the hull (not the fad)…

I see that we have written nothing since June to indicate progress… Well that’s partly holidays, partly a dose of shingles, and partly because I have been more focussed on building than writing (no bad thing I guess).

Planking at last

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