Just a quick note, the last week or so have been dedicated to the building of the cabin on Befur, and the first stages of internal fit-out.
This has involved the fitting of the cabin sides (as seen in the last post’s pictures), and the fitting of internal bulkheads, (e.g. the walls of the loo and heads for the bunks.) This has involved more “spilling” to get the shapes from the hull for cutting of the bulkheads (a remarkably accurate process) and fitting these too the hull using epoxy filets. Continue reading
Boat building for botchers!
I have returned to work on finishing and fitting out the hull, and in the process come to the conclusion that boat building using strip-plank/epoxy is mostly a process of sculpture using wood and epoxy as the constructional elements. I must confess that this approach really rewards the botcher, as there seems to be no need for the kind and quality of woodworking skills traditionally needed – in fact I think they may be a disadvantage. 🙂 Continue reading
Well this months thanks go to Nigel Thompson from the SBA who noticed signs of wavering and procrastination in my questioning about the sequence of build operations, and stepped in to put me back on the right track….
To go back a bit; you might recall that the game plan is to clad the hull outside and in with epoxy/cloth skins. Also we need to add the “keel” (aka “deadwood”) to the bottom of the boat after cladding, and the question was do we clad the out side, then fit the keel/propshaft/rudder etc. then turn her over and clad the inside? or do we clad the outside, turn her over and clad the inside then turn her over and fit the keel and then turn her a third time or some other combination of things…. In the middle of this agonising it was suggested by others that the internal and external cladding need to be done in one season to stop the timber “shrinking away from the cladding” due to changes of humidity in the (half-clad) timber…. and then there is a land-rover chassis sitting waiting to be mated to my winter transport and then there are holidays and bike tours in France and then…… At this point the aforementioned Nigel stepped in and said “common lets get moving I’ll come next week and help with the cladding”. and so it was to be….. Continue reading
I was somewhat depressed to discover a few days ago that I had seemingly only laid 65% of the planks on the hull 😦 I seem to have been at it for EVER!!
…and while practice is making me marginally faster I would be happy if it was over!
The good news is that from here on the planks are getting shorter and today we reached a milestone as the planks on the transom crossed over! (see pics below).
Avoiding “the cut”
To avoid having to cut and fit lots of “ends” I am following Selway Fisher’s alternate plan which is to plank one side so that the planks cross the centreline, and then cut them off flush with this centreline – then plane these planks so that they form an “extension” of the chamfer on the opposite half of the hog. Then the planks on the second side can be planked straight over the first side, cut to approximate length and then the whole assembly planed flat ready to accept the deadwood.
This plan seems to offer a simple approach, which should provide a neat finish with no “iffy” joints… (or so the theory sais!) – you should be able to see on the shot from the transom, where the first few planks on the left-hand side have been planed ready to be planked over from the right… Hope that makes sense!!!
Planking reaches Hog at the Stem – click to enlarge
Planking reaches Hog at Transom – click to enlarge
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.
planking looking astern
planking looking forward
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