Grapeview Point Boat Works

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Building a Glued Lapstrake Caledonia Yawl

Page 4: Fitting the garboards

Fitting the gardboards on the Caledonia Yawl
Fitting the gardboards on the Caledonia Yawl

The downside of ordering the planking material from back east is what happens when it gets lost in transit. Fortunately, the 9.5mm planking material was finally found by the shipper yesterday.

Seems that somebody lost the documents, and nobody knew who had the 16 sheets of plywood we ordered. Except for the guy who had it sitting around, and he wanted to get rid of it, but didn't know whom it was for. We were always skeptical that it would arrive from Maryland in the stated four days, but we weren’t counting on it taking three weeks! Tom elected to drive to Bremerton to pick it up at the depot, just so it couldn't go astray again. It least it was lost fairly close to home.

Looking at the underside of the ladder frame and garboards
Looking at the underside of the ladder frame and garboards

We beveled the keelson and inner stems to accept the first set of strakes, called the garboards. This beveling is fussy work, roughed out with a power plane, and then finessed with a sharp bench plane. As typical on a boat, these are rolling bevels, meaning the angle changes constantly. It helps to have done it a few times...

Then we made patterns for the garboards, and scarphed together three pieces of plywood to make each garboard.

Next we fitted the garboards. It took most of the day. These are always the toughest strakes to fit on a boat, since they have the most twist. The 9.5mm ply is quite stiff, and we ended up steaming the aft end of the strakes to get them to bend easier.

As usual, it was a struggle, with plenty of clamps and temporary screws, but boat now has the first of four sets of strakes gluing up, and if the epoxy is hard enough in the morning (the cold weather slows curing significantly), we'll start in on the broadstrakes.



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