Sorry, guys! It has been a while….more or less two months have past since I’ve last blogged about the progress on my Ebihen. During that time there has been good family-time since the girls have summer holidays :-)), a week’s camping vacation in Friesland, a lot of work for my employer and some progress on the boat building project.
First of all: here’s another time-lapse. It starts at the moment where I was still working on the garboards, and it ends at the point where 4 strakes on each side and the bilge keels had been mounted. Click here to watch; https://vimeo.com/285381362
After mounting 3 strakes on each side, I took a photo (front to aft) from below the structure;
On the left and right side, both lockers can be seen. In the middle you see the aft support pillar in front of bulkhead nr.3. Mounted on frame nr. 5 there are two temporary support planks in the place where the floor boards will be; these will be removed after the next turning.
Here’s a nice picture of how all planks are fitted to the transom during the fitting stage. When ready to glue, the planks are held in place by screws.
Here’s the best help 🙂
Every now and then one of my daughters jumps in to give dad a hand. Here the youngest one is helping drill a hole in the device I made to copy the hull’s radius for the bilge keel.
The bilge keels are both made from a plank of iroko. On this picture the port keel can be seen. The inner radius has been sawed, the outer is still to be done. I’ve mounted both keels permanently with screws from the inside and epoxy glue.
After mounting both bilge keels on the 4th strake, I started working on the 5th strake. Here is a picture of how the boat looks now; both 5th strakes are mounted permanently, the starboard one still held in place by clamps as long as the epoxy is curing.
Before the 5th strake was mounted, there was some work to be done on the inside of the boat. With this strake the compartments below the side seat locker bottoms are closed permanently and the compartment below the front locker will have limited accessibility. only through small holes in bulkhead nr. 6.
The side seat lockers were filled with foam sheets.
So the work continues. Spirits still high, moral is good 😉