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Keel Pre Stitching

Keel – Lead Ballast

Poured lead for the keel this weekend and all went well. I’ll relate a few things that I learned or that I haven’t heard mentioned before. First, I had a couple of buddies come help and that made a big difference. When I poured the centerboard a few months ago there were just two of […]

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Keel Pre Stitching

Keel Cleanup Part I

After the complete glueup, I stood it up on the bench and stared at it for 10 minutes. Then I flipped it over and sanded the very bottom. The outer edges got a 1/2″ roundover per the manual and I gave the inside trunk edges a 1/8″ pass, just enough to take the edge off. […]

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Keel Pre Stitching

Keel Glueup

As many other builders have done, I took this in several stages and did a lot of dry fitting in between. A previous post discussed a couple of areas I wanted to be particularly cognizant of. I’m happy to say that all went well and the keel is as it should be. Blocking & Trial […]

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Keel Pre Stitching

Keel Hand-Wringing

With the rudder, centerboard, and centerboard trunk built and my spars well on the way to being finished and ready to put away, I finally get to start working on the keel. Also complete are initial coats of epoxy on a lot of large pieces like bulkheads and then multiple smaller pieces like floors. All […]

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Pre Stitching Spars Standalone Chunks

Spar Rotisserie

This weekend I rigged up all my spars in a ’rotisserie’ style setup so that I can apply a single coat to all sides of a spar at once. This should really speed up the finishing of these pieces. With these long angle irons that I’ve been using, it was easy to clamp up some […]

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Pre Stitching Standalone Chunks

Rudder & Update

Last weekend I finally got back to working on the boat. All my spars are now sanded down to 220 and almost ready for epoxy and varnish. I still need to trim the ends of the mast and bowsprit. At that point I will try to set up a rotisserie rig for application of epoxy […]

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Pre Stitching Spars Standalone Chunks

Mast Glueup

Glued up the mast on Saturday. I had two helpers and it took us about three hours, though we were not in a rush at all. Here are some pictures of everything clamped up. Below, I’ll talk about the process. Before glue, we clamped everything up dry and studied it for a while. I was […]

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Pre Stitching Spars Standalone Chunks

Mast Rabbets & Dry Fit

I have cut the tapers in all four mast staves. Now to cut the rabbets in the two side pieces. The manual suggests for each rabbet making two cuts with a table saw. My side pieces have a noticeable bow in the last several feet, so I worried about being able to keep a long, […]

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Pre Stitching Spars Standalone Chunks

Spars I

Completing all my spars is another thing I am doing prior to stitching up the hull. Only reason is to not have to work in a cramped area once the hull comes together. Once all the spars are varnished, I’ll hang them from the ceiling where they are out of the way. For reference…I’m working […]

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Pre Stitching Spars Standalone Chunks

Cutting Scarf Joints

I ordered the timber kit but I still have to cut some of my own scarf joints. I’ve not done this before. I tried three different ways and the third is what I will use from here on. The scarfs I’ve done so far are for the four mast staves. Block Plane This is the […]