Monday, 15 December 2008

Toroa stretch job mid December

unfinished interior shot showing plank overlap and keel graft.

Toroa: Lee side planked and faired to keel line, I'll be continuing from the waterline to the gunwale with slightly wider planks (50mm) as the curvature is less through that section on both sides. I will also be scarfing a panel in to the gunwale strake to continue the sheer line through which will complete the structural integrity of the hull graft.
The cockpit floor extension will be fitted later to add strength and stiffness after glassing inside the hull is completed.

Toroa's asymmetry becomes clear as I fair the new planks to the existing hull shape.

Planked ceder ama with Toroa in the background.

Ama after planking and planing. Stanchions are offset because I glued them to the side if the center stringer.

Stanchions are to be rounded off and peg hole drilled prior to glassing.

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Toroa by Harmen Hielkema & Mike Toy.

Header Photo: Toroa at Rawene by Julie Holton.

This blog is dedicated to the memory of my father Roelof Hielkema who instilled in me the willingness to learn.
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