Thursday, 15 January 2009

Toroa rebuild

Ribs installed at the intersection of the old and new sections, the kiato extensions (splints) are glued on and extend to windward as a permanent fixture of the main hull. The red kiato will be removable and will be lashed in place under the bamboo deck when on the water. I intend to continue transporting Toroa on his side with the kiato and ama removed.
I have yet to cap the extensions with timber after which they will be fiberglassed along with the deck and hull.

The blue painted void will be covered with plywood decking to form a small watertight compartment under the beam at either end. It seemed like good use of the redundant cockpit floor & will add considerable and desirable stiffness in just the right place.

Diagonal braces will be glued in from the foredeck to the end of the kiato extensions as part of the permanent deck structure, the resulting triangle will be filled in with bamboo decking.

Dry fit of all components to verify sizes and dimensions.
Note the final scarf jointed infill on the lee gunwale rail

Paint removed from hull on lee side

Mast planed and faired ready for glassing.

Ascertaining height for ama stanchion connection point.

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Toroa by Harmen Hielkema & Mike Toy.

Header Photo: Toroa at Rawene by Julie Holton.

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