Building Iain Oughtred's Acorn Tender
Sadly I cannot find any images of the beginning of the build. The initial construction of the setup and molds was easy enough. I really enjoyed lining out the strakes with small battons as that was the first time I could visualize the final hull appearance. After placing the keelson even the dreaded garboard strakes went on without issue. However, from that point on creating a template for each pair of strakes was a challenge. I tried spiling, and using a thin sheet of luan bent over the battons in an attempt to figure out the exact shape of the next strake. The simple luan technique worked well until I got to the strakes that were longer than the plywood and I certainly wasn't going to scarf every template. Eventually what worked the best was laying a stiff plastic sheet, about 6mil, over the hull and tracing the edges of the lining battons. A couple of stakes were a smidgen off, but not bad and happily are not very noticeable in the final product.
|Outer stem attached, keel blanks positioned.|
This part of the build is where things were fun and fast. Finally I could see the end of the hull. I laminated the outer stem at the same time I laminated the inner stem so it was ready to go. Having that piece hanging around for 6 months was demoralizing. Attaching the gunwales and keel was simple and seamless.
|Attaching the outer keel, clamping from the cieling.|
|Using a spanish windlass to bend the aft end of the outer keel.|
|Outer keel in place, shaping begins, starting outer gunwales.|
|Attaching inner gunwales, seat risers in place.|
|Second strip of the starboard inner gunwale is glued.|
|Gunwales complete, breasthook attached, daggerboard case gluing up and seats fitted.|
|Prepping the hull for paint|
|Setting up the hardware|
|Hull, sole and under the sole painted, seats dry fitted.|
|Closeup of stem and breasthook.|
|All wooden parts attached, multiple coats of varnish.|
|Hardware added, sole in place, all done ... for now.|
The finish work was rushed and incomplete as we were heading to the northern neck of Virginia in a week. I will eventually get back to it and add another 6 coats of varnish.
|Towing behind Elizabeth.|
|Rowing to Kilmarnock.|
|The first successful trip, resting at Kilmarnock.|
Next Up: the mast, daggerboard and rudder. I already made the sail.