Starting to make bulkheads etc.

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Here’s a photo that illustrates two things in one. In the foreground on the trestles are the sides of the centreboard case all epoxy coated and with a covering of epoxy copper anti-fouling. Probably a bit overkill but it would be a flippin’ terrible job to do when they were glued together and in the boat. And up against the wall in the background you can see the cut out plywood bulkheads all ready for setting up on the strong-back.
The plans came with full size computer generated Mylar patterns for the bulkheads and while that was useful I couldn’t help but think while I was building the hull shell that a proper lofting of the boat could have given me lots of useful information such as being able to lift the frame bevels directly from the lofting instead of fairing them once set up. If you look carefully at the transom in the photo above you can see that I had to leave it oversize to account for the fact that the pattern was to the aft face of the transom but the forward face is the larger one. Had I being able to loft the boat i.e. had a table of offsets, I would have had both faces and the angle between them. Anyway it wasn’t that big a deal in the end but it goes to show computers can’t replace everything.
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Just in case you were getting clamp withdrawal symptoms here’s another photo of the rudder being laminated up. And do not fret dear reader there will be more camp photos in the next posting.

Until next time. In the interim if you feel like having your own beautiful boat built don’t hesitate to give me a call +353 28 38973. I’ll be glad of the distraction from making pieces of wood shaped on six sizes fitting together.

Roeboats, Ballydehob, Co. Cork, t:+353 (0)28 38973 m: +353 (0)86 158 69 37 e:roeboats@ymail.com

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