Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Dave spent the day working out the area and shape of the cabin.
The long beam on the starboard (right ) side is called a carling and will support the cabin side.This has been fitted today.

Then shipwright Dave begins to plan the height  and camber      (slope) of the cabin roof.
Then he walked away ( a long long way away ) to observe the lines he had created.
Wednesday Phil ran behind with the binoculars !
I think apprentice Dave took his sandwiches  with him.

With the expertise of Shipwright Dave ,we have a boat to be proud of !
The hull is complete and ready for the water. The journey has had its ups and downs (waves ) but a lot of people have enjoyed the ride and have helped to keep shipwright skills alive and active in Conwy.  (We've all learned a lot - especially the "young uns ".)
THANKS to all our funders, contributors, volunteers and students for remaining committed to the original project values throughout the trials and tribulations. 
A special thanks to the HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND  who have supported the project from the beginning and have showed remarkable patience in letting the project flourish at a sustainable rate (i.e. a lot slower than we first thought!  )
So now it's all eyes forward to phase two ....... planning the final build and fit-out ready for a new life on the water  serving the community of Conwy and ,hopefully ,flying the flag further afield if our navigation is up to scratch.

While discussions continued , Wednesday Phil just carried on sanding as usual creating a streamline hull.

Several people stopped today and wanted to know why one of the planks is fatter than the others. Phil explained that often these boats would  lie on their side on a shore and when the boat did this the weight of the hull would rest on this plank and the keel...... so a thicker plank gave more support.

I've learnt a lot over time !

And congratulations to apprentice Dave who returned this week after the birth of a daughter. He's come back for a rest..........
Well that's what he told me !

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