Caledonia Yawl – Chapter 6: Continuing the interior

Although some time was spent recently getting ready for and attending the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, Washington, we still have made a lot of progress.

We picked up the King KB-910 trailer in mid August. These galvanized trailers are great for this area because they can be used in both fresh and salt water. The long tongue makes backing easier and helps keep the tow vehicle out of the water.

King KB-910 trailer for the Caledonia Yawl

King KB-910 trailer for the Caledonia Yawl

We’re working steadily on the interior. Fitting the floors, bulkheads and thwart risers is fussy work – it takes time to get the fit just right. We have to wait until we receive the Torqeedo motor before we fabricate the motor well, and we have to make the motor well before we install the decks.

Installing the deck beams

Installing the deck beams

Fairing the sheer is an important part of completing the hull. It has to be considered from several angles so that it looks right in all views. When planking the boat, we make the sheerstrake a little wide to allow for some modification. Here we have clamped a batten to the upper edge of the sheerstrake and we are getting ready to trim it to shape.

Fairing the sheer

Fairing the sheer

Before we go too far with the bulkheads and decks, we have to consider the porta potti. We ordered the shortest model available, since it has to fit under the forward deck. We still had to make a slight modification to the width of the forward bulkhead so that the porta potti could be stowed there. The photo illustrates the porta potti in place, as well as the side benches. They will be bolted to the underside of the center thwart and will rest on cleats at the aft end and the partial bulkhead forward.

Side benches

Side benches and capping the sheer

This photo also shows the trim piece being glued to the sheer. This covers the end grain of the plywood which would otherwise be visible when varnished.

Gluing up the inwale

Gluing up the inwale

Next we glue on the inwale to strengthen the sheer. This takes all of our clamps! You can never have too many clamps.

Then it was time to stop and get ready for the boat show. Since we were delivering the Tirrik the day after the show ended, it had to be ready. We had made the decision to take the CY in whatever state it was in, as long as we could get it on the trailer. Here are a couple of pictures from the show – the Tirrik with her sails up, and the partially built CY. We brought along her partially made spars, centerboard and rudder. Visitors found it very interesting to see the partially completed boat and the beautifully finished one. The contrast between the two boats helped people have a better understanding of what it takes to build one.

The completed Tirrik at the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, WA

The completed Tirrik at the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, WA

The partially completed CY at the boat show

The partially completed CY at the boat show

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