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I have been working off and on on Syren's Medway Longboat over the last month or so.  Up until now, I did not take the time to establish a build log, but now I am doing so.  As is shown in the pictures attached to this posting, I have completed the planking, the cap rail, the bolsters, the floorboards and the bow and stern platforms.  I have a bit more work to do with painting of the bow cap rail.  I am really enjoying this project, sometimes at the expense of work on Fair American, which is the subject of a separate build log.  Cheers.P1010766.jpg.d55dce0986e15bf612736d97c432182d.jpgP1010767.jpg.063f9a684bae6253073caf3b001adf8a.jpgP1010768.jpg.acd44c65e08539f6e6f7f4cf8f462f0a.jpgP1010769.jpg.52b3f29638924bc09a87a96674c9af3b.jpg

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Yes you are doing a fantastic job on it.  Very nice model indeed.

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Thank you, Ryland.  I see that you also are building the longboat.  I just checked your build log, which is far more detailed than mine.  The last picture of your boat (after removing the bulkheads) looks really nice - I have to say, far nicer than mine.  I fear that my planking job left a considerable amount of glue between the frames, and although I tried, I never really got it as clean as I would have liked.

 

I will likewise follow your progress now that I know you are building the longboat.  

 

Cheers, Jim 

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I added the rails for the thwarts on both sides of the inner hull of the longboat.  I also assembled all the thwarts and test fitted thwart Nr. 3 (counting from the bow).  All appears to look ok.  Now on to the next step.

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I finished sizing the thwarts for the Medway Longboat, which included in two cases, filing notches in the thwarts.  I was actually surprised at how easily this step went.  I had a bit of trepidation about installing the railings for the thwarts since I knew that their placement would be critical to have the thwarts properly installed perpendicular to the keel.  As you can see from the pictures, I think all turned out pretty well.  Next I turn to the cockpit seat - I have put the individual pieces together, so now it is a matter of shaping the seats to conform to the hull.P1010785.thumb.jpg.fd4f8048573fb167aef5b9ca1c46fea4.jpgP1010786.jpg.165c00db1aca5da407982ed56642a4a9.jpg

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A bit more work is now done on the longboat.  The cockpit seat are installed and painted.  The only thing remaining in the cockpit area is to cut the small notch in the top of the transom.  I may get a few things done on the boat, but most work will be abeyance for a couple of weeks, I am afraid.  Cheers, JimP1010813.thumb.jpeg.ee34b9633289f091d975988a0df7bf9d.jpegP1010814.jpeg.e84517a8e8698d27535cdffc054563ad.jpegP1010811.jpeg.e6f6ee19b37179527f24e4fba1612b91.jpegP1010812.jpeg.a0aeeabc770dd7b56babadaf6ea8b7f0.jpegP1010810.jpeg.2f4285e1bfe9f6808c6ac378def017d8.jpeg

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Here is an update on work on Syren's Medway Longboat.  All the thwarts are completed and installed, as is the windlass.  I turned the handles of the windlass on my Dremel and also turned the belaying pins.  I prepared the brass metal fittings for the thwart that will hold the mast and blackened them using Birchwood Casey's Perma Blue (cleaning them first with denatured alcohol) and used a spray fixative hoping to make the blacking more durable.  That did not work, and like all my previous attempts to blacken brass I found the black coating coming off on my fingers, on the wood thwart, etc.  I am wondering if a matte acrylic clear sealer would work to keep the blacking on the metal?  Anyway, here are the most recent photos.  I am feeling ok about this so far.1252762725_P1010822(1).jpeg.17f19398894c3a6eab659b5eca2b81c9.jpeg765020015_P1010823(1).jpeg.9bc4859dcb56003075487ec747c65e0c.jpeg2035846141_P1010824(1).jpeg.791cec6ec806ac9d838ef17835e8381c.jpeg1140779638_P1010826(1).jpeg.c4579b02f6dcfff179d120c83277c337.jpeg1532151905_P1010825(1).jpeg.5e0823e7c54a97d7dc1f2ea0fe7263a1.jpeg209040329_P1010827(1).jpeg.7ad4aae90d9941fdb2024f19a0f8fc3a.jpeg

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It really looks nice.  You are almost done with the hull.  

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Thanks, Chuck.  With your encouragement (in the instructions), I turned the belaying pins yesterday.  Was really pleased with the results.  I am going to try to move along with work on this and on Fair American because later this year and early next, I am looking at double shoulder replacements!!!!!!  Want to get as much done as possible before I am incapacitated!

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Congratulations on completing the hull of your Medway Longboat.  You have done an excellent job building the hull.  I look forward to following your masting and rigging of this model.

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Tom E. and Ryland,  Thank you both.  It has been a fun build so far.  As soon as I figure out how to use my new Proxxon Lathe, I will launch into the mast and spar fabrication.  Looking forward to it.

Jim 

 

 

 

 

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