The shaping of the oars is ready now. It has been much work. Since I have no band saw, I had to remove a lot of wood with my planes. Next time I'll use a different method. And because it is so much work, I regret to have used wood with knots. Simple spruce. When I thought they were ready, I discovered that the oars just fitted in the oar locks. There was no extra room for the leather oar collars. So, I had to plane and sand them again. I put a layer of epoxy on them against warping of the wood. We will soon go on vacation for some weeks and I hate surprises like warped oars. The handles will stay unfinished. Bare wood blisters less than varnished wood. I will probably give the oars nicely coloured contrast striping.


With the same mahogany strip as the outwale, I made two strips for the skids. With these I will be able to pull the boat out of the water without harming the body. Procedure: mark the outline of the strips on the bottom, drill 3 mm holes, drill from inside the boat holes through the bottom in the strips, put thickened epoxy on the strips and in the holes and screw it together. In one plce I drilled to deep, so this little hole has to be filled with mahogany wood powder with epoxy later.  I used the rest of the epoxy for the foamblock under the aft seat. It needs some layers to get it strong. This foam absorbes a lot of epoxy. I probably have to buy some more. 


I finally found a supplier of the mahony for the rails. I bought 4 x 250 cm for the side rails and 2 x 125 cm for the rails on the bottom. With my daughter's help I glued them to one side of the boat. No problems, properly aligned. For two sides at once I had not enough clamps. I used the rest of the thickened epoxy for glueing one block of foam to the rear seat. The shaping of the foam still has to be done. This foam is used for making the boat unsinkable.

Mast foot

The mast foot had to be placed in the boat. In order to place it in the right spot, I had to get the mast up, so we layed the boat in the garden. My neighbour was thinking that I was launching her in the water. I'm afraid that this will only be after my holiday in August. so much to do.

Front deck

I did some epoxy jobs, today. First I gave the mast its first epoxy layer. Then I glued the plate on the aft for connecting an outboard motor. Not sure to buy one ever, but it's easier to make it now than afterwards. I also put some epoxy on the wood of the bulkheads.
For the little front deck, with the hole in it for the mast, I had to glue two wooden parts to the hull that support the deck. First with a bit of glass epoxy, later more with wood power epoxy.
When weighing the resin and hardener, the epoxy appeared to have some white stuff in it. When I inspected the container, the complete bottom was cured! Not sure what went wrong but I continued and hoped that the used epoxy would cure. It would be a disaster if I had to remove it.

I made a hole in the boom for the rope that hould pull it down. With the applied wood epoxy you hardly see the bronze screw anymore.


The daggerboard can be used, now. I drilled a hole in the bottom with an extra long drill through the dagger board box. With a file I made this hole wider. Then the most exciting part had to be done: the routering. With a router/ edge cutter I followed the inside of the daggerboard case. The router has a little wheel for this purpose. The result was a professionally shape aperture. Job done.


The bottom has got a glass fabric layer. First I flattened the edge between bottom and first plank with thickened epoxy. Then I put the glass on it and added some epoxy which was left over. This bit however was already warm and curing. A mistake. The result was that this epoxy was too thick to saturate the glass and the wood under it. I immediately made new epoxy, removed the glass a little and added it to directly on the wood. When I stretched the glass again, the fabric stayed frilled. It was hard work to 'repair' that. On one place I had to cut the fabric over 10 cm, unfortunately.
Second job: I glued both planks of the wood for the oars. Second fault: I shoud have put something on the floor because of the drips op epoxy. Now, the day after, all looks well. Epoxy cured, no strange spots on the bottom. I am looking forward to the shaping of the oars but not to the necessary sanding of the boat.

For making the oars perfectly round, I made a little wooden tool. Later I will le…