Grapeview Point Boat Works

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

Building a Glued Lapstrake Tirrik

Page 3: Planking Complete

Planking complete on the Tirrik
Planking complete on the Tirrik

We've been too busy making progress on the boat to write about it for the website!

We've completed the planking and have fitted the stems and the keel. The next task is to fair them. The UPS truck brought the brass for the shoe and stem bands, so we can get going on that.

Planking looking aft
Planking looking aft

We now offer an option to the buyers and need to know which they would prefer: (a) a self-tending centerboard that weighs about six pounds extra, or (b) or a significantly lighter centerboard that is slightly less convenient to use.

Centerboard trunk
Centerboard trunk

The centerboard is drawn without a lead weight to help it sink. One of the joys of a centerboard is the fact that running aground is of no consequence, just raise the board a bit more, and sail off. If the board is slightly ballasted, it will remain "down" by itself, yet can move up on its own accord when it hits bottom or an obstruction. If the board is non-ballasted, it will need to be held in the "down" position with a lanyard or shock cord some other arrangement. This means the board isn't as free to pivot when it hits something.

The customers have chosen a ballasted centerboard, so we will cast lead into a hole near its tip.




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