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    Fort Worth, TX, USA
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    Member: Nautical Research Guild
    Current Build: C. Chase, Centerboard Schooner
    Recent Builds:
    Anchor Hoy
    Echo Cross Section from Admiralty Models
    http://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/513-echo-cross-section-by-maury/

    Long Boat from MS http://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/2284-longboat-18th-c-by-maury-modelshipways-by-Chuck/


    Fair American (POF) from Laukstreet.
    http://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/gallery/album/203-emma-c-berry-132-pof-by-maury/

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  1. Regarding raising and lowering the centerboard...There are a couple of methods. 1] The board itself is usually weighted and will drop as much as allowed from this weight. There is a pendant attached to the mainmast with a guntackle arrangement to raise it. 2] Sometimes, instead of a chain or line, there was a 1" (+ / -) rod attached to the CB so downward pressure can be applied via the rod. At this stage, that's how this model is rigged. With a chain attachment, a pin was inserted in a link at the deck to prevent it from dropping too far. Maury
  2. Lots of minor things being done. Here is the plug-stock rudder. It is round from its head down to the upper pintle. The key is the center of the round stock has to correspond to the fore side of the blade. The stock starts as a 4-sided piece, marked 7-10-7 and made 8-sided, then rounded with sandpaper. Before the rounding, I routed out a flat face on the aft edge of the stock and an off-setting notch on the fore side of the blade. They were then aligned on the mill and holes for the reinforcing bolts were drilled. The blade was assembled and tapered. Pins will be cut off flush before installation. As always, the pintles and gudgeons will be a challenge for me. Maury
  3. A little work on the hatch covers. They each have a staple and ring in opposing corners. This is a simple jig I use for holding the cover and staple. Just the same sized holes as the hatch cover, Rather than one hole for an eyebolt, I use two closely spaced holes for a staple (U-shaped wire.). The ring is held closer to the board rather than burying the heel of the eyebolt. The wire is hardened (stretched), wrapped around a 1/16" drill bit (3" internal dia. at scale) the cut off, pieces flattened a bit and squeezed together. they will be blackened later in a batch with other metal work. \ Another advantage is I only have to solder the rings, not an eye. Maury
  4. The planking is done. Everything from the companionway back to the aft hatch on the port side is left open (unplanked). From the bow back to the mainmast partners in the center of the boat (width of the hatches) is a "kingplank" about 1.5" thicker than the remaining planking. Back to fitting all those little pieces in the covering board. Maury
  5. Before planking any further, I need to make sure the partners are correctly aligned (port to starboard) so the mast is plumb. With my digital level, I made sure the window frame (in the background) is plumb. I shimmed up the building board to level and then aligned the temporary mast pole with the window frame. Maury
  6. The tedious process of filling the notches in the covering board continues. Once sanded they will be almost invisible. Wheelbox done. Axle is set in but the wheel will be a challenge. "American Fishing Schooners" (Chapelle) says the wheels were wooden until the middle 1860's.
  7. The mast steps are in so I can start on the deck planking. Gluing in the covering boards comes first. Weighted down with cross beams for the glue to set. The main deck planks are parallel to the center line. The quarterdeck planks are parallel to the sides of the cabin trunk. With one plank in on the starboard side abutting the cabin, I worked across the section behind the cabin. The wheelbox is being built up around a plug cut to shape. Edges will be sanded and the starboard side will be put on next, followed by the roof. Maury Maury
  8. The mast steps are in so I can start on the deck planking. Gluing in the covering boards comes first. Weighted down with cross beams for the glue to set. The main deck planks are parallel to the center line. The quarterdeck planks are parallel to the sides of the cabin trunk. With one plank in on the starboard side abutting the cabin, I worked across the section behind the cabin. The wheelbox is being built up around a plug cut to shape. Edges will be sanded and the starboard side will be put on next, followed by the roof. Maury Mary
  9. Before I can proceed to the deck planking, I need to get the mast steps in place. That means temporary masts to get the 4% rake (taken from the plans). Since there are no records of the masting, I've got to make some estimates. In all of my sources, I have not found any specific mast measurements. From drawings and photos of similar boats built around the same time (1845-50) I've arrived at average mast heights (they are lofty, indeed). Foremasts seem to average 84 - 87% of length between perpendiculars and mainmasts 86 - 88% of length. Similar relationships to moulded beam confirms these mast lengths. The original plans from Chapelle show the diameters at the deck level between 10.5" and 11". Chapelle's American Fishing Schooners has a discussion on diameters and tapers that line up closely with the above comments. Interesting point says the tapers were not the same on all sides (after side of masts should be straight from boom to the trestletrees) but this rule was often not adhered to. The most clear illustration I've found is from the cover of Chesapeake Bay Schooners, by Snediker and Jensen. It shows a taper from deck to top of about one-third (from 11" to 7.34"). Does anyone have any better information or source? Maury
  10. With the 2nd mate away at a reunion, I had a ot of time to work on some details. Cabin has been finished except for the doors for some time. Just set on the frames. The covering boards are done except for gluing them in place and inserting the LITTLE pieces outside of each frame. The hatch coamings are in holly and are two parts: Inner that goes inside the frames and provides the ledges for the covers and outer that sits on top of the frames. The pieces are lap-jointed. The companionway sits on top of coamings. Not glued in yet and the doors are not yet made. The hatch covers are cherry (scrap left over from a prior build) and finished with some walnut Howard Restor-a-Finish to provide some contrast. Some finishing left to do on the hatch coamings. And a lot of dust removal to be done. Maury
  11. Covering board segments roughly trimmed to shape (net glued in yet). Inboard about 6" wide from frames, outboard just proud of planking. The bull nose was scraped to shape and the underside routed out on the mill. Pencil lines are drawn just for the photo...will not be visible once installed.
  12. Two full days of cutting and filing and the port side covering boards are ready for final trimming. It took three pieces for the forward board because of the bend in the deck at frame E through frame K. They will fit a little bit more snugly against the frames when glued in. Biggest gap is about 1/64th". Inboard width from frame to edge will be 6" (1/8" at scale). Outboard side will be a hair proud of the adjacent planking. Maury
  13. I started on the covering board. First I created an internal deck pattern from my original drawing and adjusted it to "as built". After laying it on the deck, I then laid a steel rule up against both edges of each frame and marked the pattern. The covering board will be 6" (1/8" at scale) wide inboard from the frames, 6" for the frames and another 6" outboard of the frames. This allows it to cover the edge of the plank with a little to spare. I can now make a template for the board. I used some 1/32" scrap material and transferred the frame locations onto it. After a lot of filing for fine adjustments, I have a good pattern for making the piece from box wood. So much sanding/ filing, card stock would have never worked. Transferred to box wood. Still some minor adjustments to mate the slots to the frames. This is about 15% of the total I'll need, and I have the technique down now. Maury
  14. Some more progress. Lodging knees are in place. Carlings need to be added on the quarterdeck. Then on to the covering board. It goes from outboard of the waterways out to the outer edges of the planking. Complicated because it has to be notched for every frame top. I'll work from the inside-out, put fillers outside at the frames and finish the outer edge below the scupper strake. It will be box wood so will provide a pleasing stripe above the Swiss pear wales. Maury
  15. Sampson post being installed. Gantry is used to keep the post perpendicular and plumb. Maury

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