Caledonia Yawl – Chapter 3: Turning her over

A lot can happen in a few weeks! We reached the first milestone the last weekend of July, taking the boat off the mold and turning her upright. This means all the planks are installed and the keel and stems are in place.

One more strake to hang

This photo shows that we still have the sheerstrake to hang. We then bevel the garboard to accept the keel and stems. Climbing on top of the boat is the only way to reach it!

Beveling the garboard to accept the keel and stems

Beveling the garboard to accept the keel and stems

Unlike the inner stems, we choose to build up the outer stem from solid stock. Laminating the inner stems is practical because it is consistent in cross section whereas the outer stem varies considerably.

We marked the sections of the outer stem on the lofting and then using the same 3d nail transfer technique, made patterns for each section out of 2.7 mm door skin. By taping the sections together, and fitting them to the boat, we can be sure of an accurate fit before cutting stock.

Laying out the stem pattern

Laying out the stem pattern

 

The completed stem pattern

The completed stem pattern

We fit the keel to the boat, and cut a rough slot for the centerboard. Once the keel is installed and the epoxy is cured, we used a flush trim bit in a router to finish the slot.

Stems and keel on the boat

Stems and keel on the boat

At this point we were ready to turn over. This used to be a nail biting exercise as the two of us lifted her off the mold and turned her over. Since the operation was completely impractical when turning over the hull of the electric launch, we installed two pairs of rollers in the roof trusses of the shop. With a loop of webbing around each pair of rollers, turning over a hull is now significantly easier on the back and the nerves. Our customer and some family members chose to come to the shop for the occasion, so we had some help, making it even easier.

The rest of these photos illustrate the process of getting her off the mold and turned over.

Off the mold

Off the mold - Photo by Barbara Wiesenbach

In the slings

In the slings - Photo by Barbara Wiesenbach

Rolling her over

Rolling her over - Photo by Barbara Wiesenbach

Keep rolling...

Keep rolling... Photo by Barbara Wiesenbach

Just about there...

Just about there... Photo by Barbara Wiesenbach

She's upright!

She's upright!

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