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    Default Pictures of building 40' gaff cutter

    I'm putting up photos of building a new 40' traditionally built cornish gaff cutter at Westcountrycutter.blogspot.co.uk if anyone is interested

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    Good Grief ! A real one ! Amazing ...








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    http://westcountrycutter.blogspot.co.uk/
    Worked for me.
    Big lump of boat
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Cripes. Fast work.

    "At the end of the sixth week and all the keel bolts are in, the transom has been planked up, sheerstrakes screwed on and I've done some initial fairing of the frames and roughed out the rabbet at the forefoot and sternpost/deadwoods"

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    Great pictures from the pros! Amazing work, not a pot of epoxy in sight!
    Only one suggestion - how about a short description under each picture?
    Also details of design / s​pecs would be good?
    James

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    But not as quick as us forum surfers!!!

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    Great boat.

    Could I ask, who's good for supplying your oak crooks?

    Ed

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    Wow! Great Project!!

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    excellent!!!
    ​Aloha, Ken

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    Thanks for posting. You're doing a fantastic job!

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    Welcome to the forum jonbray 10. Pictures of curvy wood are most welcome here JayInOz

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    Thank you for posting, great inspiration!
    Fight Entropy, build a wooden boat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by keyhavenpotterer View Post
    Great boat.

    Could I ask, who's good for supplying your oak crooks?

    Ed
    All of the timber is from Somerscales near Grimsby (stuartsomerscales.co.uk). They seem to be one of the few places is country which keep a large stock of bends. I went up there about this time last year to pick out logs for the centreline and for the oak sheerstrakes, beamshelf, stringers, garboards etc (full length). I sent them a body plan of the boat and gave a nominal futtock length of 8' and they picked out a selection of appropriate single and "s" turns. I was pleased to get 3 or 4 frames at either end of the boat out of single piece, saving time and weight in the ends.

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    Thanks James - I'll try to give a bit more detail.
    Dimensions are 40' l.o.d 12'2 beam 6'8 draught.
    It's my own design based on westcountry working boats of the late 19th/ early twentieth century and involved drawing a set of lines, making bread-and-butter models and then shaping them down to give a pleasing shape, taking the lines off, making further adjustments and then making a "basket" model to confirm that I was happy with it.
    The rig will be of a simple "pilot cutter" type: pole mast with shrouds led well aft to obviate the need for running backstays; appledore roller reefing; minimal rigging basically.
    It all needs to be as easy as possible to sail with wife and young family so I'll probably fit sheet winches and roller reefing jib.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonbray10 View Post
    Thanks James - I'll try to give a bit more detail.
    Dimensions are 40' l.o.d 12'2 beam 6'8 draught.
    It's my own design based on westcountry working boats of the late 19th/ early twentieth century and involved drawing a set of lines, making bread-and-butter models and then shaping them down to give a pleasing shape, taking the lines off, making further adjustments and then making a "basket" model to confirm that I was happy with it.
    The rig will be of a simple "pilot cutter" type: pole mast with shrouds led well aft to obviate the need for running backstays; appledore roller reefing; minimal rigging basically.
    It all needs to be as easy as possible to sail with wife and young family so I'll probably fit sheet winches and roller reefing jib.
    It would be intresting if you could post a picture of the birdsnest model. We love pictures.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    yes, most excellent.
    thanks for posting this.

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    There are one or two photos of models in the lines, models, patterns, plans post (older posts/ July)

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    I've read the Itchen ferries had bottles put into concrete (so it could be subsequently broken up if needed). Saw an old Itchen ferry, a centurian with concrete bilges. All timbers at the floors were fine...









    Boatshapes that can use fairly uniform plank widths is a westcountry trick.

    http://westcountrycutter.blogspot.co...&max-results=7

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    Last edited by keyhavenpotterer; 07-17-2014 at 05:52 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonbray10 View Post
    if anyone is interested
    that bit made me chuckle

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    Wow, fully planked and decked after 1 year! Amazing work.

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    Fantastic boat, superb. Thanks for posting.

    Is that at Gweek?

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    Finastkind.

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    This forum just keeps getting better and better......

    Beautiful work and boat .

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    Wow, a wooden boat being built on this forum. That's strange.

    Beautiful job BTW

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    Quote Originally Posted by keyhavenpotterer View Post
    I've read the Itchen ferries had bottles put into concrete (so it could be subsequently broken up if needed). Saw an old Itchen ferry, a centurian with concrete bilges. All timbers at the floors were fine...





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    I believe that the bottles are put in the concrete in the ends only so that the weight of the ballast is concentrated midships to quicken the motion. Put weight in the ends and the pitching inertia and period goes up resulting in a wet boat that won't rise to the swell.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Why not just put less concrete in?

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    The concrete needs to be level for the bilge to drain properly to a bilge pump I would assume.
    Great project, love the lines and curvy timber.

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    That Sir, is quite lovely and exciting.

    Most excellent! Congratulations!

    Does the jib outhaul really handle the strain of a whisker stay?

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    eeeeeyowwwww

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    Wow. More pictures would not be totally unwelcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    I believe that the bottles are put in the concrete in the ends only so that the weight of the ballast is concentrated midships to quicken the motion. Put weight in the ends and the pitching inertia and period goes up resulting in a wet boat that won't rise to the swell.
    Ahh-yep. That indeed be the case.

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    Lupussonic: Why not just put less concrete in?

    Quote Originally Posted by Slacko View Post
    The concrete needs to be level for the bilge to drain properly to a bilge pump I would assume.
    Is that your final answer or would you like to call a friend?

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    wow !
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