After a fair amount of consternation and generally overthinking things, I've finally started building the Campion Apple 16 (discussed in design forum here http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...mpion-Apple-16). It's a 5 chine stitch and glue yawl rig that appears to be fairly straight forward to build (I've built several dinghys, but nothing this size).
I'm starting with the spars because temperatures can be a bit dicey for epoxy work in New Hampshire this time of year, and although I have a nicely insulated shop, I need to get 3 1500 watt space heaters to keep it at a good temperature when it gets really cold. I figure with the spars, I can always tent them to get the temps I need and I expect they will be good practice for things to come. So far I just finished the birdsmouth glue up of main mast and I'm pretty happy with how it's turning out so far. All the glue lines look pretty tight and it's straight (I'm pretty sure that is a good thing). I won't bore anyone with details since it's been documented a bunch of times in the forum, but it's a standard 8 sided birdsmouth spar with the top 1.5 meters tapered (last 300mm has largest taper). The only somewhat different approach I took was to glue it up in 2 sections so I could fit the top and bottom plugs. If you're interested, I wrote up all the gory details at www.fernhollow.net
Hopefully I'll start turning it into a circle tomorrow.
Here's a link to some photos, not sure why I couldn't embed them on the page: https://goo.gl/photos/qaopJy8d7RN8APeA7