The job of fabricating and fastening knees is a lengthy and fussy and time consuming one. As noted previously, it involves steam bending kerfed and tapered white oak strips, forcing each one into its place along the appropriate thwart, scribing and cutting a pine insert between the knee and the adjacent planks, and fastening the whole thing together with copper rivets. There are one, and sometimes two knees on each side of each thwart, and with so many thwarts to do, the process does drag on.
While the original whaleboats were built to last only one voyage, we want this boat to be around for a good long time. Therefore, in addition to using exclusively non-ferrous fastenings, we are taking extra steps to avoid water infiltration. All places where wood contacts wood are primed or sealed, and the bedded with Dolphinite. While it is messy and takes more time, it will produce a better, and longer lasting end product. These steps are being done with thwart knee installation as well as all other component installation on the boat.
|Steam bent knee clamped in position on thwart prior to riveting|
|Volunteer Carl works on knee installation.|
|Steve and Lee finish up the outwale installation on the starboard side.|
|The completed pow assembly on the portside|
|Charles' completed installation of cleat on starboard side. Port cleat is clamped in place awaiting riveting.|
|Oarlock pad clamped in position.|
|Bob works on removing bulkhead sections in Suzy's cabin.|
|A 2x4 stands in for the compression post to be.|
|Bruce positions the carbon fiber fabric.|
|All ready for the bedding coat of epoxy|
|John finishes up the pre-varnish vacuuming of the CLC rowing dory.|