Saturday, November 17, 2012

Removing the First Layer (in the rain)

This is a strange part of the process. Here, what you're seeing, is the sanding through all these old layers of paint, finding the screws at the butt joint of each plank. Then uncovering the bunghole, removing the wooden plug, uncovering the manganese bronze screws and finally pulling them slowly, carefully out of the wood. Oh, and they were doing this in the cold rain. Yeah. I think that was why they were in a hurry to get the new shelter shrink-wrapped.

Here the transom was covered with a quick tarp while everyone was working on cutting out sections. As each layer was uncovered, they got closer and closer to the inner structure of the boat.

Those are not giant termite holes. More bungholes. Every one of those giant manganese bronze screws is saved. Hopefully, my photographs, combined with the original plans for this boat will make rebuilding it "easy". Somehow, I think along the way, between the discovery of hidden problems and innovation, there are bound to be some new additions to this gorgeous boat.

Friday, November 16, 2012

What You Can't See

When this beautiful boat was pulled from the water at the onset of Fall, the When and If was a pretty, sharp-looking boat. Sure, she was worn around the edges, here and there... but overall, she looked good. When the guys started pointing out things that were wrong with the shape at the transom (at the back of the boat)... I was kind of mystified. I could see some minor jogs in the shape of the hull, but I assumed that was just part of the boat. They were patient enough to explain that due to design issues, and wood structural failure, the shape of a wooden boat can (and does) change.

In this image, they are trying to sight down the side of the hull, looking to figure out where the planks actually retain their curve for the proper length. The second image is from a session I did up there about 3 weeks ago. They had just finished building this framework, which has now been completely sheathed in shrink-wrap. Images of the new building and the teardown of the transom will appear here in the next few days.