Just wanted to share a couple photos of a little (OK, maybe not so little) project that I somehow got myself involved in. It's an Alden design #390 now being built new in Camden, Maine. For those of you familiar with the book 'Wood, Water & Light', this is the Tarbaby/Voyager design, with a few differences; namely, a marconi main/gaff fore rig (my favorite schooner rig) and lead ballast.
This photo is actually a couple weeks old. The amazing thing is the owner/builder got to this point mostly by himself. The craftsmanship, even for parts that are structural and will never be seen by anyone, is nothing short of incredible. Here's a closer veiw of the frames, which if you look closely you'll notice are dovetailed into the keel timber.
It was, actually, a bit of a shame to start planking the boat, since it was a gorgeous piece of sculpture as it was. Sweeping, laminated frames, angelique keel finished bright with sealer, cast bronze floors... Simply beautiful. There are now five strakes of planking on, also out of angelique. The plank stock is long enough that the garboard and first broad strake are full-length. And this is a 52-foot boat, on deck. Beautiful stuff. Too bad it's so *#@$!*^ miserable to work with. Anyway, here's an inside picture:
and one from the bow:
The planking will be angelique to the tuck (one more strake), and then some other tropical wood the name of which escapes me at the moment (I'd never heard of it) to the sheer. I'll post more pictures as planking progresses.