With three strakes up and the keel fashioned, next step is to hang the fourth strakes. Observations to date: the kit goes together well, although to call it such implies a load of pieces that simply slot together, which they don't. This may not be boat building as I am used to, but it certainly requires skills in interpreting plans and accuracy in setting up and working with sharp tools on an unforgiving material. As I may have said before, there is precious little room for creativity: you get what Iain designed, that is if you follow the instructions.
Plywood. Hmmm. The laminates at least give you a visual clue as to how much you have planed, and how evenly. The bevel on the lands, for example, can be judged by how far into the laminates you go. Those who habitually build in plywood know this.
Although the stuff is frighteningly easy to plane, yet it gives little pleasure; nothing like taking off thin shavings from a piece of larch, which was why it was nice to leave the plywood bashing for a while on Sunday and spend an afternoon planing down the keel.
The glue is a joy. Collano gets my vote for its ease of use and strength, drying to an epoxy-like hardness. And as it foams just a touch when mixed with wood dust it makes a superb filler, expanding ever so gently out of the hole you need to fill, ready to be sanded flush when dry. And as it is not affected by heat, the sander does not clog as it can do with epoxy. Like epoxy is can be scraped off when half dry, as to leave it longer means a chisel.
There's some way to go yet before the hull is planked up and as everyone knows, that's only about 1/4 of the work. The plan is to launch her in Cornwall in the summer where the owners' daughters Ella and Alex are to be taught the joys and finer points of sailing a lug-sailed yawl by their grandad. Plus a little fishing perhaps for bass and mackerel together with day sailing to some of the more remote beaches around Looe.When not in Looe she'll be trailed up to Bewl Water in Kent for reservoir sailing. Lucky kids...!