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, 4 February 2015

Last One Up

Well, that's the last plank on, Next it'll be a case of laying a batten round the sheer and trimming. From the photo you will see it needs a shave off the aft section, (that's to the right of the photo) between station 6, midships, and 10, and maybe some minor tweaking elsewhere to make it sweet.

I left the last plank slightly over width just for that reason as you can take material off, but like a bad hair cut, you cannot put it back. Trying to get the sheerstrake right I felt a bit like that fellow who cleaved the Koh i Noor: lots and lots of squinting and measuring (though not years, as in the case of the diamond cutter) before committing wood to saw.

Tomorrow it's clamps off from the starboard side, a good sanding and another coat of clear sealant before thinking about fitting the oak stems and keel. The owner's up next week, so I might even tidy the workshop... After which it'll be time to turn her and think about how to go about fitting her out, based on Paul Gartside's drawings.

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