The four skiffs are really close to completion. Dave, Jen, and the kids finished installing knees and thwart risers, and also added a second coat of Tung oil to the interiors. The exteriors are all filled, sanded, and awaiting paint. Thwarts are being fitted, and oars are being made.
|A transom knee braces the transom to the sheer strake.|
|Jen holds a thwart riser in place while Dave tightens a clamp.|
|Fine tuning a thwart template with a joggle stick.|
Those first two planks, the garboards, are nearly ready for fastening on the Beetle Cat. The edge of each plank must be precisely fitted to the rabbet in the keel, which requires careful planing and adjusting. The next step will be to bed and fasten the garboards, before moving on to the next planks.
|Joe, Bob, and Jeff test fit a garboard.|
|Lee tweaks the forward edge of the garboard plank with a hand plane.|
|Misleading Lady's rudder post, quadrant, and iron pipe steering shaft.|
|The wheel and steering column test fitted up forward.|
|Mocked up operator's bench. Instrument panel template visible on bench.|
|Underside of hatch cover sanded and awaiting the next coat of varnish.|
|When it dries, we'll sand it and do it again.|
|A stack of ceiling boards ready for the next coat.|
|A lot of scraping and sanding await.|