Dear friends of Woodenboat forum,
Some may remember a thread I had started a while ago and that was named:" Help wanted: building big schooner in Vietnam". This was in an attempt to help the owners of that boat finding a new boat builder to take over after the departure of the previous one. I have now deleted that thread as it mostly led to useless and not that nice comments but no positive action, but as I thought you guys (and gals) might still like to know about this construction, I now start this new one. I just hope that refrain of pen and tongue will avoid reading the same infantile thoughts we had to suffer in previous thread. Please ask questions, and I shall be happy to reply whenever I have a bit of time in hand.
So: eight months have now gone, without much progress and without the ideal boat-builder presenting himself. I have then, with the help of my boys of my design office, and only the Vietnamese crew of shipwrights who built this boat so far, taken over in guiding this nice crew for the continuation of this construction.
But let's start by the beginning:
Two years ago now, the first part of the keel was blocked up on the yard:
On it, then, came the deadwood, placed in the mortise in the keel, and made of two BIG parts:
The stem piece (here: it's template) was actually a super-thick lamination pieces that the builders adjusted with this very unusual scarf to the keel :