Tuesday, July 5, 2016

______________________ MARINER'S DINGHY (6) _______________________

What you see are the first laminations for four structural ribs; six laminations per rib. I am using West System Glue, something I am not familiar with but not too much trouble if you read the manual first.

Again, my trusty G - gramps come into their own for part of the job as have some big blocks of fire wood which are keeping the ribs in contact with the bottom of the dinghy. I counted my G - gramps the other day and found I had 26 - which for some jobs is still not enough!

For subsequent laminations a staple gun will make it easier to fasten them in place and to keep  pressure on the glue.


Ben said...

Hi Alden,
Nice job you are doing. The dinghy will be better than original.
You can also put a sail on it.

Alden Smith said...

Thanks Ben. I certainly hope that the hull will be a lot stronger and more robust when I have finished this renovation work.

I have thought about putting a sail on it but that would require constructing a centreboard case, centreboard, rudder, mast etc - but it's a good idea. I think she would sail quite well.