I have made some progress with the spars. The scarfs for the staves (Hoop Pine) of the mast are done. I was thinking about building a jig for the router, but in the end I cut the scarfs with a panel-saw and cleaned them up with a small block-plane. That took no more than a … Continue reading Long timbers
So far, nobody has noticed that a small part of the boat is resting in the hallway. The boom is all glued up, but the shed is just too cold for epoxy to cure.
I picked up the Hoop Pine for the mast from Denman Marine in Kettering, and watched some of Kermadec's plywood (the forward sides) being cut. I will be picking up the lot next week. The Hoop Pine is just beautiful, not a single knot, straight grain - thanks John for picking and dressing it. … Continue reading Plywood is being cut
Three 1" planks of Celery Top for Kermadec's bow-sprit are glued together. The middle piece of timber is shaped to final dimensions + 2mm. Once the epoxy has cured, I will take off the bulk of the waste with the power planer, and then use the sander for the last bit. Then I can think … Continue reading Bow-sprit and the blues
The last bits of timber for the boat are now sourced. The Celery Top for the sprit, gaff and boom has been cut to size and dressed. Today I also procured some Silver Wattle (Acacia dealbata) for cleats, blocking and the keel. This timber is not quite as dark as the better known Blackwood (A. … Continue reading The last of the timber
The Plyak has a had a couple of coats of gloss external finish (PU), and it looks pretty ok already. A third coat should really do the trick. I don't think I can paint the hull for a while. I want to use an oil-based enamel that dries very hard, but it is too cold … Continue reading All shiny Plyak deck
I have added the lead for the keel and the centreboard to my stash of goodies. The material (old flashing) is very clean (photo). It contains no foreign matter other than some traces of paint. That should do nicely for the cook-off. The scrap yard has been put on notice for another 100 kg of … Continue reading Pb (82), 60kg thereof