View Full Version : KATY build update

11-08-2010, 05:55 AM
i am finally getting around to posting some pictures of the work on building my new yacht to William Peterson's Katy design. as i upload more photos i will post here to the forum.

hull planking is garboard: Spurwood. the remainder of the hull in this photo is mostly Yellow Sirus and PNG Rosewood. we are using Huon Pine now for the remaining 5 planks. the planking is all 15/16 inch. fastened with copper nails.

view from stem after roving. we are roving each plank after it is fastened before moving onto the next plank. we have clenched some nails in hard to get at places eg. hard up alongside the stem. the ribs are Scented Maple on 7 1/2" centers with sawn laminated frames on each station. so we have 4 ribs between each frame. the floors are either Spurwood and Grey Satin Ash and bolted with 5/"8 or 3/4" copper bolts. the ballast keel has a number of NAB bolts through it.

stern view. transom is 3 laminations: 2 of PNG rosewood with outer skin of Huon Pine. we are running the planks past the transom and will finish them off about 1 1/4" past as we did on decatur. the shaft tube and rudder tube are in place. the keel in way of the prop will be shaped when we clean down the hull. im opting for tiller steering instead of helm. personal preference.

11-08-2010, 06:10 AM
You and your dad are doing some mighty fine work Bernadette! looking forward to seeing more pictures as you progress along!!



11-08-2010, 07:59 AM
Thanks! and Cheers!!!

wizbang 13
11-08-2010, 09:41 AM

11-08-2010, 09:53 AM
Looks like you have been busy. Thanks for the great photos. She's beautiful.


11-08-2010, 10:02 AM
Looks beautiful!

A question: You said " we are running the planks past the transom and will finish them off about 1 1/4" past as we did on decatur." Perhaps I'm not understanding this correctly, but it sounds like your going to leave the planking sticking out 1 1/4" beyond the transom. Why? Wouldn't that make the plank ends more vulnerable to damage than if they were flush with the transom?

peter radclyffe
11-08-2010, 02:39 PM

11-08-2010, 04:13 PM
Looking great Bern'!!! Please keep the photos coming.

Wooden Boat Fittings
11-08-2010, 04:46 PM
Well done, Bernadette. She's looking really great. You're certainly into boatbuilding, aren't you?


11-08-2010, 05:55 PM
looking good

11-08-2010, 05:59 PM

She is looking great.
Love your father's shed. I guess you can lay claim to it also.


Alex Low
11-09-2010, 12:49 AM
Heck yes! She is looking fine!

Way to go...

Perhaps the planking length is to achieve the look below? This fine vessel is the Katie Ford... I love that line.
There is a schooner out here called Blue Jacket that also has this detail. Its art for artists! Or boats for builders!



11-09-2010, 04:01 AM
BrianY, extending the planking past the transom is purely for aesthetics. there will be no damage to the plank ends. if you intend to bang your boat around, bump into things or become a target for other marine craft, then yes, damage will happen, but then i think its best to stay ashore and keep the yacht safely moored stern first, in a marina pen! i am partial to this type of plank finish. it just looks very shippy. i had it on Decatur as well.

Alex, the Katie Ford is a lovely looking yacht. whats her design?

G. Schollmeier
11-09-2010, 05:37 AM
Fantastic build, keep the updates coming.
45’ Katie Ford designed by Heine Dole, launched in the spring of 1946
Here is a close look at her very nice backside.


11-09-2010, 06:13 AM
Excellent looking work Bernedette, great progress too.

11-09-2010, 06:27 AM

here's DECATUR's stern after name and home port painted in, prior to launching.

11-09-2010, 06:36 AM
Beautiful work Bernadette !

11-09-2010, 07:04 AM
Never heard of finishing a transom that way but I really like it! Seems you reduce the chance of split planks, too, since there is more wood between the last fasteners and the plank-ends.