The 8′ Punt is now planked up and ready for a good soaking in oil. I did this before framing out to make sure that every piece of the boat soaked up as much oil as possible. The oil will help stabilise the wood so that it won’t move as much as the boat dries and gets wet during use. It also looks lovely.
All the frames are in on 6″ centres, copper nailed and roved. I was just about able to reach around the boat to buck the clenching iron. The mahogany capping on the transoms is tougher wood then the fir and will stand up to more abuse when the boat is turned upside down. It has yet to be shaped to a pleasing curve in the photo above. Next up was the inwale, riser (a stringer supporting the thwarts) and quarter knees then I fitted the thwarts and rowlock blocks.
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