It’s been a while since the last post but we hope to provide weekly updates from now on.
We’ve made great progress assembling the mould. All templates have been cut out and the shape of the boat is starting to become evident.
The mould is assembled on the frame according to the plan below. Unlike an IKEA plan, this plan only shows a design overview and and lists important measurements. As we have no experience of boat building this has caused piecemeal progress whilst we get used to boat building terms.
The next steps are to tape up the mould pieces with masking tape. Numbers 2 and 4 will need to be taped on the forward side, 6 and 8 on the aft side. They will also all need to be taped on the top edges where the planks touch. This will stop epoxy sticking when it’s applied.
We also need to build a Jig for the stems as they are laminated. The stems will be built much longer than normal as we plan to add some sort of “mast head” at a later date. There has been some discussion over the calculation of spring-back allowance required on the stems and we’ll need to consider this when building the jig.
The wood delivered for the stems is not consistent in thickness and so before progressing we will need to get it planed to a uniform size.