Dr. Strangerudder or: How I learned to stop worrying, and love the block plane.

Today’s adventures in boat building dealt mostly with removal of unwanted wood. The port side air box was still not fitting the bottom of the hull correctly. How this is possible, I cannot explain. All the hull pieces were cut at the same time and have identical shapes. It’s maddening. So, much planing occurred to narrow the gap from about 1/2″ down to 1/4″. Still ugly, but certainly better.

Then there was the issue of the spacers: I hacked up a bunch of 1×2 scrap to add support and give a nice even spacing to frame the air box. However once the hull was tipped on its side, it became quite obvious the top and bottom weren’t flush. As it turns out, some of the chines I’d been using were not of uniform width. (Yet another thing to avoid in future builds.) So the spacers I’d pre-cut for the top were useless. With plenty of scrap to burn, making a few measurements and spending a little time with the miter-box yielded all new chines.

Here’s the airbox weighted down the new chines as they’re being glued in place. (Complete with totally unorganized work space!) I’ll be attaching that airbox completely tomorrow, once the final shaping has occurred.
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At this point of the evening it was necessary to switch to another project as disturbing the glue setting up seems a poor idea. Continuing my love affair with the block plane seemed like a grand idea! I decided to start in on my leeboard.

Admittedly, it looks not at all interesting from this angle. Mostly just a board with a rounded corner…
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But if one looks at it from the end, it’s a beautifully hand formed foil design! Not bad for a newbie who has no idea what he’s doing, eh?

Breathtaking, isn't it?

Breathtaking, isn’t it?

So that was today’s adventure. Still need to make the sail. Still need to figure out what I’m using to attach the rudder. Still need to design the rudder…

It’s been a lot of work, and I’ve really enjoyed every minute so far. Even the parts where I see a major newbie mistake halfway into the project. I’m looking at you, wonky chines.

Maybe I can talk Molly into making a trip to the Marine store by her place this weekend. Seem to be short a few blocks/cleats…

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