Taking Shape

Nine of the eighty or so planks are now laid and edge glued. The boat is taking shape, a very exciting time. One of the planks cracked and broke between bulkhead 10 and 11 today, hence all the clamps. First thing tomorrow a further three planks each side will be fastened. Each plank is 10.4 meters so a total of 12 per side x 2 sides x 11.4 = 260 linear metres of planking, done. Each plank is 36mm wide, and allowing for 100mm offcut each end gives almost 9 square meters of approximate total of 40, done.

P1040237SThere are a few more lights in the shed and with tarps for walls its getting quite cosy.

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Standing on my head and looking forward one gets an idea of the sweeping sheer.

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First nine planks with edges planed off. Very soon I can remove the jig extensions to get better access as the hull ends are almost self supporting.

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If you think this is a lot of work try this planking a longboat. Have a look at the bow shape when the boat is launched, remarkably similar to the Eric’s bow.

One more photo, I love these lines.

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