I'm back in the shop, having just returned from 2 1/2 months on the road. Pat and I visited the east coast by van, taking the dog; and of course a boat. 20,000 Km + in a 30 year old westfalia. It was a great adventure.
We stopped in at Mystic Seaport for the wooden boat festival, and then continued up into Canada. I rowed the boat in different places as we traveled and tried to teach the dog (a Border Collie mix) to sit in the stern...
These canoes are crated and on their way to Italy, via the client's home in Germany.
Red Cedar, with yellow cedar and maple trim, and red and yellow cedar paddles. The seat backrests are held in place with rare earth magnets, they snap into place nicely!
The Westfalia is being pressed into service as a delivery vehicle again. I'm on the way to meet the new owner in White Rock. The van actually carries the boats well; they only weigh 95 lbs, and the westy has a Subaru engine swap to give a bit more oomph. The trick is getting the boat up there, I usually have to call all my neighbours to come and help, this would not be the time to drop it!
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.
Rick Crook of Oyster Bay Boats Pender Harbour BC