Thursday 29 June 2023

Katie Beardie, A Re-imagining.

Ooooh That sounds a bit pretentious! 

A long overdue update on the latest build at Port-Na-Storm. 

Katie Beardie at rest in Chichester Harbour. Al's Paradox anchored off. 

Katie Beardie, my sailing canoe of highest repute (above)  and well documented elsewhere in this blog has gone to the great Skip in the Sky.  Being left with the amas and sailing rig it made perfect sense to replace her sodden and broken hull with a fine replacement. 

No half measures this time, no sir!  

This time we'd (that's the Royal "We'd" here, there's only the one rooster in this coop) use the best quality materials and do the job properly. And while we are at it we'd take the opportunity to  make a few changes and adjustments.  

Plywood was purchased, the garage was cleared, and pencils sharpened. 

Well when I say cleared maybe I mean everything shoved to the side, 
remember what they say, Tidy Shed, Tidy Mind. 

Some Chance.  

Yes there are actual plans. Sort of. 

 Yours truly Gurning at the Japanese Pull Saw. 
Perhaps if you cleaned your glasses Old Man! 

The Centreboard Case and Bulkheads getting a layer of Glass-Fiber. 

Then the inside of the cockpit got the same treatment. This area needs to be pretty strong as it is open to the elements and where the skipper will be climbing in and out. 
The floor area midships needs to support the entire weight of the hull, amas and rig when the boat is on the trolley.  This is what finally did for Katie Beardie. An already compromised area finally gave up the ghost and was beyond economical repair. 

Joining all the bottom panels together. 

Butt Joints are good enough here, they fall exactly where the trolly will support the hull so the extra thickness isn't going to hurt and there will be a half bulkhead to beef things up even further later on. 

Every picture tells a story. 

Well not quite, there was quite a lot of pulling shoving and swearing to get to this stage, 

But that's another story, and this is quite enough for one day. 




Chris Waite said...

Interesting that you glass the components flat, then bend them to shape the hull....

Is this a disagreement? No, not really; I reckon you might have improved the crash, Oh OK 'flex' resistance over my method -

I stitch and tape the hull, THEN sheath it; I suppose because I consider the wood a sort of hybrid endo-exo-skeleton and the sheathing the impervious hide it lives in. This is the point at which I (try to) set it up straight and true; that is so the hull is not twisted and I keep checking it from this point on until the internal woodwork is set in place.

May our efforts live forever!


Graham Neil said...

Not so fast there young Christopher. What you see is the inside job. The areas being sheathed are the inside faces of the CB case, and the inside of the cockpit, floor sides and bulkheads. I figured it would be easier to sheath these areas "flat" rather than footer around with my head up my cockpit, if you catch my drift. As you are probably aware, the hull has now been stitched and sheathed in Real Time as opposed to Blog Time which is currently running a few weeks behind. Watch this space......