Friday, 2 January 2009

New year progress on Toroa

It's great to have a few days straight to dedicate to boat building. I now have Toroa turned over and I've dry fitted all the components in order to determine the nature of some of the connection details. The inversion gives me a totally fresh perspective and ideas are flowing fast and free.

Lee side, starboard tack end.

lee side, port tack end.

Windward side planked up to the gunwale.

I've finished shaping the ama and I've been able to put some time into lengthening the mast by 1200mm.

The masthead figure "God of wood shavings"
Those gray painted aluminium brackets are the old deck kiato sockets from Takapu which I have retired to the "good thought bad idea" bin. They seized with salt within the first 3 weeks of use back in 1996 and have stayed that way until I took the hacksaw to them to transport Takapu to our new home in Northland in 2005!

An old spruce mast base I've been carrying around "in case it came in handy!"

I spliced the base socket over the tapered foot of the existing mast by splitting the white painted section length ways down the center line, opening it up, scribing the taper on to the cut and gouging out a tapered trough. I used carbon paper to mark the mating surfaces to identify the high spots and adjusted the fit several times before gluing the two halves back together around the existing mast base.

The difference in diameter between the two sections is equalized using strips of ceder cut like long barrel staves and glued to the section, nailed with panel pins temporarily.

Once the mast flitches have been glued on I will plane the whole surface even to match the taper of the old section then I'll glue on some thin ceder strips to cover the butt joint followed by faring and sanding.

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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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