Catterline Coastal Rowing Club

Catterline Boat Building Progress - Week 6

Tim Leitch joined the crew to lift the  number of people who have worked on the boat to 8.  So far over 70 hours have been given to the project.  The estimate build time is 600 - 800 hours, which means the first 10% has been done.  

All 36 planks have been cut out of the plywood sheets.  The task of planing off the tabs that held the planks to the sheets has been done on most of the planks. These 8 foot planks then need to be joined (scarphed) together to create the twenty+ foot planks that go onto the boat

The first scarph to join the planks was prepared.  This requires marking off 6 cm on the ends of the two adjoining planks.  One plank is flipped over and then placed on top of the first plank.  The end of the top plank is then aligned with the 6 cm line of the bottom plank. The two planks are then clamped to the table and the ends are planed down to provide identical scarphs on the two ends.  The top plank is then flipped back over and aligned with the lower one.  The first scarph was discovered not to fit perfectly, but a little more planing will get it right.

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Something Boat Shaped

Boat Frame CompleteWith gaining confidence, progress is picking up.  With Rob, Chris Anstock and Nick Dawson able to work on both Friday and Sunday (with Stephen Hall joining), there has been a big step forward.  The moulds are now all set up and we have the shape of the boat, albeit upside down. All of the work so far has been preparation, as all the work has involved bits of wood that will not remain in the completed boat.  But now we are almost ready to start the actual building.

There was some head scratching when the laser beam shone through the pre-drilled alignment holes on 9 of the moulds, but not the tenth.  After checking, double-checking and triple-checking, the crew were pretty sure that the alignment holes on Frame 10, where in the wrong place.  This was finally proved by taking the measurements off the plans which proved the moulds are correctly set. 

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Boat Building Progress - Week 3

A small select group pressed on and has cut out all the moulds from the plywood sheets. The first mould (#2) is attached to a spall and sitting on the base frame. It gives the first outline of the hull shape. Spalls for all the moulds have been cut. The big decision of the week was which direction the boat should point in. After a cup of tea and chocolate digestives, we came to the conclusion that the bow should point to the door.

More hands would be welcome.

Next sessions

  • meet on Sunday afternoons at 2ish and on Friday mornings at 10.
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Boat Building Begins... sort of

Catterline Coastal Rowing Club started boat building started on Sunday - 11th September 2011.

Boat building might be slightly misleading, but much important discussion on the project took place. Some bits of wood were cut for the support frame. Most effort went into putting up a board on the well, which now has the boat plans pinned on it. This exercise served to prove the requirement to measure three times and cut once rather than measure once and cut three times! All the parts of the kit are now labelled and the components of the support frame were cut.

It was agreed to meet on Sunday afternoons at 2ish and on Friday mornings at 10.

Next Tasks:

  • Build support frame.
  • Cut out frames, moulds and clamps from plywood sheets
  • Prepare frames
  • Make a decision on type of wood for hog, keel and stems and acquire if necessary.
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Boat Kit Arrives

Inspecting the mould cutouts The Catterline Coastal Rowing Club took delivery of the kit to build the St Ayles Skiff last week.

The kit, which currently looks more like something you'd get from IKEA than anything recognisably boat shaped, was collected by Rob Plummer and Peter Hales last Friday.

Rob is shown (left) inspecting the mould cutouts prior to loading it onto his improbably small trailer. More pictures of this momentous occasion can be found here.

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