The Guillemot is a strong, capable boat along the lines of a 19th Century ship's boat or large yacht tender. She floats on her designed waterline with three adults aboard and can take a great load of gear as well; she'll carry five people for moderate distance in suitable conditions.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Planking, Keel, Skeg, Outer Stem, and Gunwales

We have planked the hull with 1/4" okoume plywood. First we make patterns of doorskin and then transfer the plank shape to the okoume that has been scarphed into pieces long enough for the planks. Unfortunately the photos of the planking process mostly went to never never land. Here is a shot of the 2nd strake being marked on the pattern stock. We patterned one side and then cut out planks for both sides from the same pattern.
Here is the final upper plank being clamped on.

Once the planking was completed we installed the outer stem, keel and skeg. Here you can see the outer stem clamped in place while the epoxy sets.

Below the skeg is visible and we have glued on the gunwales. We coved the gunwales by running them past the table saw blade at an angle. It took several passes but ended up giving us a nice concavity into which we will later attach a piece of 1 1/2" manila line for a rub rail.

Here is a larger scale view of the other side. Now we will sand the outside and add small epoxy fillets to the plank laps. This adds a little strength and makes painting a little easier.








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