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.