July 30, 2020

Steam Launch Blog #29

Laying the beams for the fore and after decks.

Both sides are now dry and you can see we've overlapped sheer pieces on either side at the middle.

Matching the overlaps was important so the sheer would appear fair, but more importantly so adjoining planks could run fair against the joint.

We then begin to cut the ends to match stem rabbet and transom, and then clamp each rib to the stem.  Later we faired the bulb into the stem.

This piece of oak really pulled all ribs into alignment, as confirmed much later when we laid beams for the fore and after decks- just a little tweaking at that point.