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.
There are a few more lights in the shed and with tarps for walls its getting quite cosy.
Standing on my head and looking forward one gets an idea of the sweeping sheer.
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.
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.