It's about six weeks since I last wrote - time is a precious commodity when building a boat on your own, especially when you are as slow as I am. If you want to see what's happening more regularly, I try to update weekly on the Junk Rig Association Technical Forum under various headings. The latest info can be found here.
Anyway, here is a 'photo essay' of the past few week's work.
|As time went by, it became increasingly difficult to find anything to clamp to. The bilge board cases were a useful exception to this rule!|
|I decided to fit the panels outboard of the bilge board cases separately. After all, it was framed all round, so they would be well secured. Shaping a partial scarph was tricky, but I've been lent a beautiful chisel which helped me get it accurate.|
|This was a particularly tricky sheet to fit on my own. I used Bruno's pegs to locate it along the bottom and put a couple of clamps on the bulkheads to rest it on, until I could climb up onto a saw horse and get a couple of screws in.|
|Here I am precoating the plywood, before fitting the next sheet of plywood. You can clearly see the inside of the sleeping cabin here.|
|This is the photo of the forward end of the sleeping cabin. I love the appearance of the kauri panelling.|
|For once the gods smiled and the offcut from the full sheet fitted - just - the triangle left at the top. By now I'd given up worrying about holes through the inside layer!|
|And there we are: one completely closed-in hull. I am very proud of what I have achieved and very pleased that it looks so symmetrical. I just love that junk bow!|
Norsand, where I'm building SibLim, arranged to purchase the steel and then, even more obligingly, organised getting them cut to shape.
|The pieces of steel returned from being cut. One of them has a distinct twist in the tail.|
|Anton picked up the steel and drove it around to the half round workshop where it was to be shaped.|
|It was tacked together and then Anton went to work shaping the bow, with Kevin checking that all the details were to his satisfaction.|
|Anton applied heat about a metre away from the after end of the twisted piece and cajoled it into place. I hate working with metal, myself, but have a huge amount of admiration for people who can get big chunks of the stuff to do their bidding!|
|As you can see, the three pieces are now in perfect alignment.|
|The forward end was shaped carefully and Anton came back and marked again for a final finish. More careful work with the grinder produced a smooth and fair leading edge.|
|A big hollow in the middle layer of the side had been worked over: a bit of filling with weld and a lot of grinding removed it altogether.|