Years ago I read "Sailing Alone Around the World" by Joshua Slocum, and in January 2012 I decided that I would build his boat, the "SPRAY", in 1/48 scale POF with bent framing. The way Slocum built it. I started asking questions on this forum, and I want to thank all those who answerd with help. The information on this forum is invaluable.
Then the research began. In the first chapter of his book, Slocum said he was given an old "fishing smack". So I looked for fishing smacks of 1800. About when his was built. Someone suggested the "Emma C Berry" for framing, so I hunted for information on that boat. I also gathered as many plan drawings of the "Spray" as I could find. About five.
Now it was time to check and redraw the plans. The first thing I discovered was that ALL the plans had errors. Things like, the shear and section views would agree and the shear and the plan views would agree, but the width of the plan was no where near the same as the width of the sections. Of the drawings I had, the drawing from the appendix in the book was the closest. So I traced that into an old copy of AutoCad and worked out the errors.
Checking the fishing smacks plans had shown a frame spacing of from 15" to 22" I chose 18" for framing the Spray. I drew a section at each frame. I offset a line .031" inside to subtract the 1.5" planking Slocum used. The frames will be 3" X 5" so again I offset another line .062 inside the planking for the frames. This gave me the section lines for the plug I will carve to shape the frames.
I am going to plank only half the deck and deck houses so I can show the insides, taken from the sketches in Slocum's book. (See below)
Edited by Cap'n'Bob, 08 September 2013 - 06:16 PM.