Well after much steaming, breaking frames and a little bit of swearing all of the frames are now in. I started on the longest frames and those that broke were mostly salvageable to be used elsewhere. I had to reduce them down to 13 x 22 mm from the initial 16 x 22mm as they were proving just a bit too stiff to be manageable on my own.
I’ve started on the inwales, breasthooks and quarterknees. The aluminium primer delineates the underwater shape of the boat so you can see clearly here that she will be double ended underwater. This should make her easy to row and sail.
The clenching of the nails went quite well with the nails bedding down nicely into the hot frames. I had to my 6 year old son to buck the iron for a few of the nails which were out of reach. You be surprised how handy a small child can be in a boat shop. No more trying to squeeze into tight spaces, just send in the kid. Now if only I could convince his mother that helping me would be better than school.
I can assure you that if you would like to discuss having your own boat built there will be no child labour involved. So why not give me (Tiernan Roe) a call and we can get started +353 28 38973 or +353 86 158 6937.
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