Building Logs, part 2...
The project continues, as we push to get as much done as possible before the Imagination Fair.
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January 28, 2002, Monday
Nailing in the chine logs.
Cut and dry fit chine logs - very hard to bend!
February 4, 2002, Monday
Finish trimming chine logs, sand edges. Glue & nail chine logs.
February 5, 2002, Tuesday
Trim bottom of stem, cut and dry fit keelson. Sand keelson and frames, glue & screw keelson.
February 8, 2002, Friday
First lock-in and sleepover at the school...
Fastening the bottom.
Plane and sand bottom edges, prep sand gunwale stock.
Attach bottom plywood blanks with drywall screws, outline and trace glue lines, cut bottom pieces and re-fasten.
Make half frames, cut notches for chine logs, dry fit with drywalls screws, sand level with bottom
Glue and nail bottom pieces. NOW she's a BOAT!!!
February 9, 2002, Saturday (Second day of lock-in)
Dry fit gunwales - pre-drill and fasten with drywall screws, remove. Glue on gunwales - big job!
Alegra's mom helping with the gunwales. Tired but happy!
February 10, 2002, Sunday (Third and final day of lock-in)
Lay out quarter knees and start cutting. Prep-sand seat riser stock. Install half frames.
Accidentally lock ourselves out! OOPS! A couple of phone calls brings someone with a key to let us back in.
Invert boat, trim stern gunwale stubs. Un-invert boat, cut transom top curve, sand to final shape, cut top of stem. Massive cleaning up!
February 23 and 24, 2002, Saturday and Sunday
Rudder, centerboard, and trunk.
Second lock-in and sleepover at the school...
Make centerboard trunk parts. Dry assemble trunk, cut frame notch in forward corner.
Lay out centerboard and rudder part patterns. Transfer rudder pattern, cut out rudder cheeks and fin. Cut out centerboard blank and center board cleats.
Cut seat riser notches in frames.
Cut bevels on breasthook parts. Cut inside notches and curve.
March 1 and 2, 2002, Friday and Saturday
Breasthook, knees and inwales.
Third lock-in and sleepover at the school...
Shape dagger board edges, dry fit dagger board cleats.
Adjust camber of port quarter knee. Finish fitting breasthook, attach breasthook & knees with drywall screws.
Make marking gauge, mark and cut inwale notches in frames, cut inwale notches. Cut and fit inwales, mount with drywall screws.
Mount rudder eyebolts in transom, make temporary rudder hinge rod
March 4, 2002, Monday
Smooth and match rudder cheeks, smooth rudder blade edges.
Cut dagger board trunk to shorten it, fit to keelson. Smooth dagger board trunk edges, round top corners. Drill holes for trunk mounting screws, rough out slot, mount trunk, and clean up slot with router
Mast stepped for the first time!
March 5, 2002, Tuesday
Cut mast blanks from sitka spruce plank.
March 8, 2002, Friday
Rip spar plank, plane mast blanks, glue mast and spar stock.
Mount seat risers with drywall screws.
March 9, 2002, Saturday
Plane glued up mast and spar pieces. Make and install starboard trunk brace.
March 11, 2002, Monday
Taper mast blank. Round mast and spars. Make partners, mast step, dry fit. Step the mast for the first time!
March 13, 2002, Wednesday
Pick up sails from Wally Cross at North Sail -- Add main foot eyelets and jib hanks.
Alegra with Wally Cross of North Sail
March 15, 2002, Friday
Drill holes for eyebolts in rudder blade, make relief cuts in cheeks. Glue up rudder.
Cut and laminate tiller blank. Make temporary forks for gaff and boom.
March 16, 2002, Saturday
Rig boat for display, finish posters, clean up room, help set up for fair.
Imagination Fair - 1 to 3:30 pm.
Ready for the big show.
... as I try to catch up on everything that I had let go for the prior 3 months, and face a series of major auto and home repairs, remodelling projects, and minor health problems.
In addition, the experience of car-topping the boat home after the Imagination Fair was enough to convince me I needed to come up with a trailer.
Well, that proved to be an education! I chose to buy and renovate a used trailer rather than spend 800 to 1000 dollars on a new one. As it turns out, I spent about as much time over the next 3 months rebuilding the trailer as I'd spent with the girls building the boat to that point. My advice: BUY YOURSELF A NEW TRAILER! The most you'll be left doing is customizing the bunks, and you'll be able to buy one exactly the right size for your boat.
Well, with the spring and summer lost, I resigned myself to getting back to the project after the first of the year. With 2003 upon us, I began actively researching the questions that will let us go on to...
As of March 2003, the project is underway AGAIN!
See Chronology, Part 3...