The blog will now be devoted not to boat building but to my 82-year-old Vertue, Sally II, now undergoing a well needed refit at Johnson & Loftus in Ullapool (and gliding...)

Wednesday, 18 February 2015


With Bob set up level, it was time to take the first shot of how she might sit on the water. Cleaned and sealed, I laminated the frames at stations 3, 6 and 9 using the moulds.

The frames, made up from three laminates of 6mm Vendia (3/4in x 1 1/4in) were flexible enough to conform nicely to the hull, even though the radius taken from the moulds would have been marginally greater. With 12 plies going one way, and four the other way, within the three layers of  Vendia, it is no surprise the frames were stiff, yet retained enough flex to allow them to be twisted into the bevel of the hull at stations 3 and 9.

Station 6, where the hull is flat to the frame, was a doddle. There will be floors at mid stations to take the slatted floorboards, probably mahogany.

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