It's taken a while to find time to start but it's finally happened , the first blows have been struck! I have no idea if this build will be fast or slow but rather suspect the latter if history is anything to go on !
JIM is a canoe yawl , a boat a little different from the Iain Oughtred double enders I read so much about here. How she will perform compared to them I really have very little idea but perhaps somewhere in the middle of the pack ? She has generous sail area, similar sections and decent length . She is also half decked, something I quite like both practically and aesthetically .
JIM is designed for stitch and glue , an excellent process buy not one I find that attractive, the result can be good but at the expense of more sanding and filling than I would enjoy. So, I'm converting her to glued lap (with designers blessing and permission). A little bit of careful measuring from the plans to establish a datum and base line and away we go.
I also got a good deal on 9 sheets of 7 veneer 9mm marine hoop pine ply so she's going to be 9mm rather than the optional 6mm. Both options are listed and as I will be mainly sailing alone the little bit of extra weight might well be useful ( I can hear the groans!) but we tend to good wind strengths here and rowing will not be practised that much.
Here are the first 2 photos, building moulds set up, levelled and squared . The 2 x 15mm x 120mm layers of fir for the laminated keel ripped out , thicknessed and ready to glue but I won't glue then up until I have the stem and stern post laminated , also from fir ( fir will probably referred to as oregon occasionally here, it the normal Australian name for fir) . I have a very useful stash of oregon in 10x2 and 8x2 lengths !