This is my very first post tho I have lurked on lots of Build sites for around one year now, particularly J. Madison's wonderful "Maid of Endor".
I would really appreciate advice from anyone with experience of Atkin plans. I bought the plans for a Litte Maid of Kent some months ago and am getting stuck on the concept of MOLDS. The Atkin plans seem to me to show the frames all lined up exactly on station lines. Intermediate frames are all shown to be centred between station lines.
My conundrum is this. I read in Chappelle that the Molds should all fall on station lines. So what am I misunderstanding? surely the two facts contradict!?!
George Buehler' backyard boat building book (which I find much easier to understand than Chappelle) explains the concept of placing molds in front of station lines aft of the max beam piint and vice versa fore of the max beam. (Got that bit!) But Buehler likes to avoid molds in V Bottom Chine Hulls as he proposes going staight to large strong sawn frames and avoiding molds altogether. Atkins plan on the other hand specify steam bent white oak frams which are light at only 1 1/2 inch square! I want to stay true to the Atkin design as his 30 foot schooner has really won my heart and inspired me.
1. Should I miss out the molds too on this single chined hull? I would think this would create a flimsy structure to work on!
2. Should I put in say half the molds, then run ribands and, once faired up, insert the frames on the (unmolded) stations?
J. Madison's fantastic blog has helped me visualize solutions to most of my percieved problems, and his build photos also show similar Light Atkin frames. However, His molds are all in between frames. So maybe his frames are not supposed to be on Station lines. I thought Perhaps his designs are completely different because the Maid of Endor is not a Chine Hull design.
I hope that I have explained this OK above. If anyone could help point me in the right direction I would be very grateful.
Thank you all.