Obadiah, the Marsh Cat is gone. The space she formerly occupied is now filled with the whaleboat strongback needed to begin the construction of the second Beetle replica whaleboat. There is still not an inch to spare, with four boats, three of them with substantial footprints, filling the shop. As the sagacious former WoW director, who is now the ISM CEO says, a shop crowded by lots of boats may be a problem, but it is a good problem to have.
While Newt, Carl, and Charles attached a few bits of whaling paraphernalia to whaleboat number one, Bruce worked on shaping a rabbet in the new keel to accept the plank ends. It is more apparent every day how much we learned from the experience of building the first boat, and how much that helps improving efficiency and quality as we begin the second. So far, the keel has been cut, including the centerboard slot, tapering is complete, and the rabbet is in place. Also, one of the stems has been attached to the keel and the other is soon to follow.
|Keel cut and tapered, with centerboard slot also cut. Strongback is on floor below keel|
|Bruce works on the keel rabbet with hand plane and chisels|
|Stem notched and clamped to keel. Bolts to follow.|
|Bruce works on spiling a fair rabbet line at transition from keel to stem.|
|Charles clamps up a stem to allow Sikaflex bond to cure overnight.|
|Sikaflex squeeze out must be trimmed when stem is removed from clamps.|
|Newt uses a spokeshave to chamfer a thwart edge. No yacht finish here!|
|The mast partner hinge was bedded and bolted. It is not going anywhere!|
|The centerboard trunk cap was cut and temporarily fastened in place.|
|This bracket at the stern, receives the mast top when the mast is unstepped.|
|The rowing dory with her first coat of paint.|
|John sands the hull and fills dents and blemishes before repainting.|
|Jeff cuts a big pile of torsion box framing material.|
|A torsion box takes shape on the shop floor.|
Meanwhile, Bob continued his work on the Herreshoff Meadow Lark, Suzy. The compression post assembly is ready to be installed. The foredeck has been jacked up more than an inch to its original position, and Bob has fabricated a brace to distribute the weight of the mast to a broad area of foredeck, and down to the keel through the compression post. A strong boat will be even stronger as a result.
|Notched support below foredeck. Jack post is in position beneath it.|