Week Seven

Our new logo is the beginning of our promotional activities

Our new logo is the beginning of our promotional activities

The third and fourth sets of planks were hung this week as well as making up the bunks for our trailer. By this time next week all the planking should be completed and we’ll be looking forward to tackling the next steps of fitting and installing the outer stems and keel.

Boards were laminated and formed over the moulds for our trailer bunks

Boards were laminated and formed over the moulds for our trailer bunks

Looking more like a boat with planks three and four installed

Looking more like a boat with planks three and four installed

Week Six – Wednesday

After removing all the temporary screws in the garboards, we planed the four gains to allow the second set of planks to sit flush at the stems. The next step was to plane the bevels along the lower edge of the garboards where the next plank overlaps. This gave us a chance to try out our bevelling plane – a low angle block plane with a guide attached that runs along a batten. Despite the fact that the bevels are very slight at this point on the hull we could appreciate how beneficial this method will be as the bevels get greater at the turn of the bilge.

Low angle block plane with guide attached

Low angle block plane with guide attached

Planing the bevel on the garboard

Planing the bevel on the garboard

Time to start mixing epoxy and hang the second set of planks. Instead of the temporary screws used on the garboards, we were able to use plywood clamps and wedges to hold these planks in place. Silicone bronze screws were used at the stems to securely fasten the ends of the planks.

The second set of planks clamped and screwed at the stems

The second set of planks clamped and screwed at the stems

Week Six – Tuesday

Today was the first day of planking. After some final refinements to the stem bevels we hung the first set of planks. The garboards were glued and held in place along the keel using temporary screws. At the stems, after being coaxed into position, they were fastened with permanent silicon bronze screws. It will take three weeks to complete the six planks per side with two sets of planks hung each week. In order to keep busy during that time we will get started on the oars, kabes and foot stretchers.

Fastening the garboards using temporary screws with fender washers

Fastening the garboards using temporary screws with fender washers

"V" blocks made of soft wood helped to hold down the garboard planks at the stems

“V” blocks made of soft wood helped to hold down the garboard planks at the stems

The "Garboard Guys"

The “Garboard Guys”

Week Five

Everything comes together at this point

Everything comes together at this point

This week saw the stems and hog receiving their final shaping before the start of planking next week. We glued up the first two sets of planks using the “nail and string” alignment method that is a design feature of the kit. This method proved to be very easy and accurate. The rudder also got some attention, after shaping the blade the rudder cheeks were glued in place. The tiller gave us a chance to put our laminating skills to use again and also use up some of the left over white oak from the stems.

We had some visitors from Ottawa on Wednesday to have a look at our project. They are very interested in building a St. Ayles skiff once they can find a suitable workspace.

A gauge and temporary batten were used to check correct bevel on inner keel

A gauge and temporary batten were used to check correct bevel on inner keel

How many guys does it take to align a plank?

How many guys does it take to align a plank?

After lining up the plank sections, blocks are screwed to the workbench to prevent any movement prior to gluing up

After lining up the plank sections, blocks are screwed to the workbench to prevent any movement prior to gluing up

A weighty issue – gluing the plank scarfs

A weighty issue – gluing the plank scarfs

Rudder cheeks are glued to rudder

Rudder cheeks are glued to rudder

Laminating the curved tiller in white oak

Laminating the curved tiller in white oak

Week Four

(Left) Marking the plank landings on inner stem         (Right) Device for locating the inner bevel line

(Left) Marking the plank landings on inner stem (Right) Device for locating the inner bevel line

Using straightedge to check stem where it meets the hog

Using straightedge to check stem where it meets the hog

This week was all about the stems and the hog. Both got their initial shaping on the bench with the power plane before being placed on the moulds for additional shaping. After checking to make sure everything was aligned we then epoxied the hog to the stems and the frames. Next week, after fine tuning all the bevels, we’ll get started on the planking.

Hog gets initial shaping on the bench and then on the building setup

Hog gets initial shaping on the bench and then on the building setup

The hog gets epoxied to stems and frames

The hog gets epoxied to stems and frames