View Full Version : Lofting Scene at Palmer Johnson circa 1981

Dave Fleming
10-19-2002, 08:44 PM

10-19-2002, 11:37 PM
I remember doing stuff like that! My knees still hurt. :rolleyes: :D

Nice photo, thanks.

10-20-2002, 07:22 PM
Dave, you have a very nice photo collection. That young feller could be me forty years ago. If I had to do that now I'd stay on my knees till my time ran out.

Dave Fleming
10-20-2002, 07:23 PM
Me Too!!!


Jack Heinlen
10-20-2002, 10:32 PM
What are they using for battens? I've only used wood, but those look like...?

Dave Fleming
10-21-2002, 12:33 AM
Plastic Splines perhaps or finely machined wood battens, they are very slender judging from the photo but those are some tight curves doubt if it is full size lofting. Probably 1/10th scale.

10-21-2002, 12:52 AM

I don't think that it is a scale loft. PJ wasn't building really huge yachts back then, IIRC. It looks like they are lofting the aft sections of a rather firm-bilged boat. This was at the time of the introduction of modern ULDB's a la Gary Mull, and that shape could be one of those big sleds.

I was doing lofting about the same time and there were plastics being used for battens, but most that I saw at that time were rather brittle or had "memory" so weren't very popular. OTOH, PJ was doing cutting-edge stuff and I was in a pretty far back backwater. I'd expect that they were either fibreglass or wood battens. I'd bet a small amount on that they are wood.

Dave Fleming
10-21-2002, 12:59 AM
MMD, I blew up the photo and the caption says it is the first Alden 100 a successor to the Alden 75.
That any help?

Dave Fleming
10-21-2002, 01:03 AM
Bye the Bye MMD, what are you still doing up at this time of night on the waaay out Right Coast???


10-21-2002, 08:24 AM
I'm an incorrigable night-owl, Dave. Working late at night allows me to draw merrily away with low music of my choice and very little chance of interruptions. I usually start my day at around 0830-0900, take a break to be with family from 1600-2100, the work 'till 0200-0300.

I'll have to look up info on the Alden 100 as I am unfamiliar with this boat.