Sunday, 14 April 2013

Second layer bow completed

After some minor sanding it was time to start the second layer.  I decided to do the front where the full length planks are and move back from there.  Firstly was the positioning of the first plank, which I lined up with the spot where the chine met the full length planks on the first layer but is placed on an angle toward the bow.

The process was the same as the first layer, but was a bit more effort as you can only clamp on the bottom and work your way up from there.  Four full width planks with three screws per stringer, 9 more narrow ones with two screws each stringer and a large piece to finish (some will be cut away for the bowsprit after flipping).

Wasn't too bad, used the screw lines of the first layer to line up the second ones, only hit a couple and had to re-drill the holes.  Did a full dry fit first each side prior to epoxy/glue, then pulled them all off. But make sure you run a pencil down the rear edge of the first plank and mark somewhere on the hull and plank to line it up.  On each one I also put a pencil line across the join so I could line the planks up on final fit.

From the front:

Below is the first side:

And a series of shots to show how it has changed along the way:

Next step is the lower chine curve (as we look at it) both sides to the transom.


  1. Looking awesome! Do the laps get wider as you proceed to the stern?

    1. Hi Rik. The narrow ones are only at the front because of the sharp angle in on the stringers to the stem. They are easier to twist in. The remainder to the stern are full width at 200mm wide.