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.


  1. I'm looking at that ratty old house behind the sailboat - there doesn't seem to be a straight piece of wood in the whole structure. I guess the carpenter's house is always the last thing to work on.

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  3. Ahh, that ratty old house is really more of a work shed. If I had to guess, I would say that building was built in the 30s and hasn't seen much work done on it since the 70s. I'll be posting some images from inside the workshop of the boatbuilders. It is controlled chaos to put it mildly. Insane amounts of work, even more insane amounts of sawdust and debris. And somehow, what comes out the door at the onset of summer, is shockingly beautiful.

    Wait till you see the images from the deconstruction of the stern this past week. Ghastly. Terrifying really.