Grapeview Point Boat Works

81 E Grapeview Point Rd + Allyn, WA 98524 + 360-277-9015 + boat_works@yahoo.com

Building a Glued Lapstrake Caledonia Yawl

Page 14: Fitting the knees and custom rudder hardware

Knees looking forward
Knees looking forward

We've been laminating knees, and have completed and fitted the middle and forward pairs. The first two photos illustrate the knees in position.

We've also been working on the floorboards. They are in six sections, with two additional small sections alongside the centerboard trunk to access the not-yet-cut garboard drain holes. If you drop something, you'll only have to remove a small section to retrieve the item.

Knees looking aft and view of the floorboards
Knees looking aft and view of the floorboards

There are two approaches to fitting floorboards. One method is to screw them down with narrow gaps between slats and minimize the gap along the outboard edges, reducing the likelihood of items being lost for a season or two (or eight).

On this boat we chose to follow the designer's intent, with the floorboards prone to trapping items, but the access so easy that retrieval is simple. It is certainly easier to keep the interior clean with this configuration.

We have also been rounding over some of the hard corners, for comfort and to hold paint better, and shaping various bits and pieces. Now we're really down to the details.

The rudder hardware engaged
The rudder hardware engaged

As you can see, Tom Kughler has completed the rudder hardware. He was taking off on vacation two days after we dropped off the material, and we really weren't expecting the parts until he returned, but he made them the next day.

We gave him the rudder head and a mock-up of the stern post so he could make the hardware accurately, and he took over from there. He didn't have time to polish all the parts.

The rudder hardware disengaged
The rudder hardware disengaged

The lower gudgeon reaches aft to the rudder blade axle.

The strap material is 1/4" silicon bronze sawn to width from plate by our suppler. The pintles are made from 1/2" silicon bronze rod, and the gudgeons are cut from 1" OD bearing bronze.

Tom Kughler uses a TIG welder with bronze filler rod.

It's a bit of a trick to get all the items correctly aligned on a curved sternpost.




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