Oars for "Fine" are standard sculling oars, they have to be 9' 6" overall length, and "D" shaped at the oarlocks. The carbon fiber competition oars are about 3.5 lbs, and almost $800.00 Canadian. These are my second attempt and have come in at 5.25 lbs, but are nicely balanced. They are red cedar blades, and tapered, hollow, yellow cedar shafts with maple on the compression side. You can see a slice of the construction sitting on top of the blade.
Both the fore and aft decks were built on the bench, upside down, and then glassed on the bottom. The aft deck was also glassed on top before installation; the fore-deck was glued in place, and then sanded and glassed on the boat. I've rounded over the gunwales, and will sand them before a seal coat of epoxy.
The boat is off the forms, and last week I sanded and glassed the inside of the hull. I made up the gunwale stock yesterday, and routed the bottom edge and glued it this afternoon. Tomorrow I'll sand the hull flush with the gunwales, and start on the bulkheads and maybe the decks.
The shiny thing on the top of the radial arm saw is a lid for a cedar strip case for my wife's new ukulele.
You can build all sorts of things with cedar strip!
The epoxy and glass is on the outside of the hull, and you can really see the colours and grain of the cedar.
I've started a new sliding seat rowboat, to the "Fine" design. This has a wide yellow cedar band just above the waterline, and a red and yellow cedar feature strip.
Happy New Year everyone!
This is Cosine Wherry number 14! Medium-dark topsides lighter bilge area, yellow cedar chevrons.
I finished the rope gunwale guard with a leather cover, held on with copper tacks. The transom is doubled to provide extra strength for a torqueedo electric outboard.
The new aluminum rigger for Fine has been fabricated and tested! It is extremely rigid, and transfers power to the boat very well.
Along with the new rigger, I just completed a pair of yellow cedar and maple oars (with red cedar blades). The oars are partially hollow, and taper nicely to the throat, and work very well. The only flaw is that they are still a touch heavy I think, at 6 lbs each. They balance well, but I want 4.5 lbs and I think I can get it if I try again.
My neighbor took delivery of his new boat today, we had a launch, and loaded the whole family, including cousins, for a first row. What a great family rowboat!
I have a commission to build a new sliding seat rowboat. The boat is pretty much complete, now I have to take it apart and sand all the pieces for varnish. The client supplied the Piantedosi rowing rig, and I fitted it to the boat. The rig can be set in two positions; to trim for solo rowing, or for a passenger. This shot has the rig in the passenger position.
Thanks to Ivy, of Ivy Leaf Productions, and the members of my last boatbuilding class, here is a video showing procedure and results of the handliner class.
I'm the guy with the bald spot and grey sweater in most of the pictures...
Rick Crook of Oyster Bay Boats Pender Harbour BC