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 6: Fitting Floorboards

Fitting Tirrik's floorboards
Fitting Tirrik's floorboards

We have begun work on the floorboards, which are yellow cedar. They will have a non-skid painted surface before we're through. The floorboards will be individually held in with brass turnbuttons, so no tools will be necessary to remove the boards.

The extra floors support the 1/2" floorboards nicely. We steam the floorboards to get them to fit the twist of the garboards more easily.

Another view of the floorboards
Another view of the floorboards

The rudder trunk is cut to profile, but not yet glued up since we need to make grooves for the rudder up/down control lines to pass through. Locating the rudder hardware on a curved sternpost is always complicated, since there can only be one hinge axis if the rudder to work without binding.

The rudder blade is shaped to a nice foil section, and both the rudder and centerboard will be epoxy coated with graphite to harden and smooth the surface.

Tirrik's tiller and rudder with hardware from Classic Marine
Tirrik's tiller and rudder with hardware from Classic Marine

The tiller is made of 7/8" white oak. It is steam bent into a gentle sweep, and made to remove easily from the rudder trunk without using tools.The rudder trunk and blade have been fitted with their hardware, and we have completed the white oak tiller and tiller extension. The tiller clears the top of the outboard motor by a couple of inches. The pivot of the rudder blade is captured by the lower pintle strap. Now we can get going on the rudder blade control line. It will be a continuous line that is cleated beneath the tiller.




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