First came the fairing of the stringers, and dry-fitting of the planks...
... that was Monday. We had expected it to be two days, so there was definite jubilation.
Then came the labelling, all in appropriate nautical terminology of course.
Then came Tuesday. Cousin John Hodgkins came to assist... little did he know that he would spend nine hours wiping up epoxy inside the hull -- oh, and scraping it too, sometimes. He has definitely earned the little umbrella in the drink on deck once we're launched.
|Robbie and Trevor applying glue for the first piece. Note relaxed cousin and stylish gloves. This was I think the last time I actually saw him until lunch when he emerged from beneath the hull having rather spoiled the gloves' pristine appearance.|
|Nine hours later, the last piece goes on and Side One is complete.|
|I continued mixing. This may be becoming a habit. But dreadlocks and epoxy really should not mix.|
We finished the second side more quickly than the first -- the screws were definitely quicker, and pulled the plywood in more completely. The second day was a lot calmer than the first, too -- minimal hammering.
|Trevor's family came to cheer down the home stretch -- here's Naomi supervising.|
Today? On with the keel (two more planks added), and underway with the stem, shown below bristling with clamps at the end of the day.
|Still lots to be done, but planking in two days seems amazing.|