Archive for the ‘Willy Winship’ Category


Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

From the Faux Stem until the launch there was a lot of work but not much posting. The boat is currently set up as a rowing skiff. I plan to make the mast and boom this winter and with luck I will also be able to make the rudder and centerboard. The bottom is 9mm and the side are 6mm Okoume plywood. The stern is 18mm plywood with Port Orford cedar bonded to it. I used Douglas Fir for the chine log, frames, stems and oars. The floor boards and thwarts are Port Orford Cedar. The inner and outer garboard rails are White Oak.

Faux Stem

Friday, February 29th, 2008

You may have noticed that I have been silent for quite awhile. We recently put our old house up for sale and I was busy with the contractors getting it back into shape. I am now back to boat building. I have been trying to find enough room in the garage to build the Willy Winship but I am still short of the 8 by 20 feet that I think I will need to set up the frame and have space to work around the boat. I will find it, I just need to do a little more rearranging.

I decided to start building a faux stem out of Pine before I build the real one out of Oak. I have already made lots of mistakes so I think that it will be worth the effort. The stem above the sheer should be rectangular and you can see that I cut the bevel all the way to the top of the stem. The other thing that I am going to do is rough cut out the two pieces to the stem, epoxy them together then cut out the forward and aft faces of the stem.


Monday, November 26th, 2007

Lofting is the process of drawing the hull lines full size from the scale drawings. The reason for this is to make sure that the lines are fair and to catch any mistakes in the drawing early when they are easy to correct.
With the help of Mark Neuhaus I was able to loft the bow and stern sections of the Willy Winship on one sheet plywood. The picture shows the stem with the outer rabbet. I still need to determine the inner rabbet and bearding line. The stem will be 2 1/2 inches thick, made from two 1 1/4 inch thick pieces of White Oak. Since I have the basic shape of the stem I can glue up the two pieces of Oak and start the rough shaping of the stem while I determine the other measurements.

Wood for Thought

Monday, November 19th, 2007

I picked up 25 board feet of Port Orford Cedar for the boat from Urban Hardwood Recovery. The boards were 3/4 and 4/4 which means they are 3/4 of an inch thick and 1 inch thick unfinished and some are 15 inches wide. After the boards have been planed and sanded they will be 1/8 to 1/4 thinner. I will be using the Port Orford Cedar for the thwarts, knees, breast hook and and other small parts that I want a wood that is easy to work and looks good in clear varnish. I had planned on using White Oak for the transom but Urban Hardwood Recovery was almost out of White Oak so I found nothing that I liked. They will have some more when the next kiln run ends in two months.

I am now faced with a dilemma. Do I use the 6/4 White Oak that I already have or do I use some of the Port Orford Cedar? I am thinking that I will use plane down some of the cedar to 1/2 inch and then bond it to one side of 18mm marine plywood. I would end up with a transom that would be 1 1/4 inches thick and still looks good. I may also make a frame for the transom and bond the cedar to that. Using the frame would be lighter and nothing would be heavier than using the White Oak. The Port Orford Cedar is the left and middle boards and the White Oak is the board on the right. Check back latter and I will have an update on the great transom dilemma.