Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Aquatic Park Row boats

Last Sunday, I went with Allison and Louise to Aquatic park and visited the Dolphin Club


Dolphin Club
South End Rowing Club

Allison and a Wherry

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Restoration of a 9 Person club boat

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8 Person “John Wieland” boat from 1887
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Nearby Dolphin Club art show,
Joe, a member and club photographer.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Lining Off – Alex’s 12’ sailboat

Last Saturday class we learnt about Lining Off.  We discussed how to approach the Freda and it’s difficult shape.  A plank width vs station is created full size for the width, but scaled down on the section spacings, drawn on a small piece of wood ( 9” x 36” ) board.  A batton is laid down on the width ( derived from space/#planks ) coordinates and a faire curve is sort out.  The posibbly revised widths are harvested and the next few weeks of planking work can be known.

Here is Bob braving the cold and demonstrating this:



On a smaller boat, like Alex’s lovely 12 foot wooden sailboat.  It’s taking shape in his garage, and it just fits!  A straight edge is first  lain down, more or less on the diagonals.  Basically two elements are discovered with this process.  The shape and width of ones planks, important for lumber ordering as well as knowing if there are any reasons for scarf joints ( an 8 inch plank can be made to frown or smile ( exaggerated ) rather than one long 14 inch board ).   Furthermore, it also helps one to understand just how difficult it may be to build the boat.  Alex’s midsection is a beautiful wine glass S-curve, so it soon became clear that this was going to be hard to build, as it will be difficult to get the planks to bend around the moulds.  Additionally one learns plank widths and layout ahead of time, helping to plan a pleasing planking schedule and resultant aesthetically pleasing boat.


Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Jewler’s Burnishers for finishing scraper blades …

Safety and comfort

Key elements to existing in or on water in boats.

Safety, think no air or too cold = drowning or hypothermia

Comfort, think no sea-sickness and a peaceful nights sleep.

So many boats are so fast and jump all over the place, so at the end of a trip you arrive exhausted and agitated, not great if your destination is the Marquesas and you wish to enjoy the beaches etc …

“fiberglass resin will make your liver quiver”

Yes, not a great option for longevity, what are the alternatives, i’m particularly interested in filling up ‘knot’ holes in wood, I like the idea of a clear filler rather than opaque wood fillers/putty.  Once I find suitable alternatives, I’ll post it here … has some interesting posts

bio-resin :


hmm will have to check these out …