Over the last month, restoration work has included …
TIMBER and HULL WORK
RIBS (correctly known as STATIONS)
Five more replacement ribs have gone in – the technique for one of these was a first for the restoration.
Just forward of the stern-post, this rib has a sharper curve up from the keel to follow before it continues to the gunwale. It was decided, rather than using a single 16mm thick length, that steaming and bending three 5mm thick lengths and gluing as we went would be more appropriate – a form of “in-situ” laminating.
The 3 photos below show the three lengths being lined up and checked.
Once the first 5mm thick length was in place, glue was applied to its surface before the second length was positioned and held, and the same again for the third length.
Wedges, rib-jig and leg-pressure were used to keep laminates in position while copper nailing was done. Next 6 photos.
Rib-steaming assisted greatly by Brett’s modified-gas-bottle hot-water supply for the steaming box and rib positioning was greatly assisted by Stan’s ‘rib-jig’.
Dave’s rib-shaper-jig was put into use last week.
The damaged ends of adjoining planks were removed and a piece of Fijian kauri is being shaped as a replacement.
First undercoat applied to forward interior hull timbers . . .
A cockpit coaming bolt has been removed for cleaning.
Installing rear crankshaft bearing and housing . . .
fan housing and flywheel . . .
plus a start on one cylinder. . .