I had planned to build my cruising shantyboat design next but have opted instead, for now anyway, to go and spend the summer with some wolves I know, Maybe I should say "know of", they probably know more about me than I of them. I can't even tell one from the other (yet!).
Anyway, I'll need a project to keep busy. Even though there will be the wolves, and fishing, hiking and reading mysteries there will be plenty of time to kill. It may turn out that I just make a couple pairs of longer (8'6" and 9') oars from driftwood at my campsite for the rowing/pedalling/trolling motoring boat that I already have, which I may bring along, but if I can get this ready to dismantle then reassemble and finish on the beach I'll bring it instead. I'll have to have the aluminum boat anyway, and 3 boats would be just too much hauling. We'll see.
The faering is 20 feet long by 49" wide by 16"+ deep midships. That's a bit long and narrow, not for one rower in a howling storm by any means, but it should be very nice for one or two persons to row on nice days. It will be fast, for sure, but it may need some sandbags down low midships for single handed rowing.
I'm inspired by FloMo's design, for one.
But more inspired by this one by Paul Schweiss;
There's not a whole lot of difference.
Not having any plans I've just lofted then laminated up one midships frame, two identical frames to be spaced 3" from midships and two identical stems.
I'm thinking that since the planks/fairing battens only pass through 3 points (mid, frame #1 and the stem) they will have to describe a faired line. Additional frames can be bent or sawn or laminated to fill the space between the laminated frames and the stems if I see the need. I expect to add just one, same as the original faerings, although perhaps not canted. We'll see what works when I get there.
Even though I'm just short of 70 I have kept 3 part time jobs. It helps to feel that I owe it to someone to get out of bed reasonably early and keeps me on my toes to a certain extent, but things are slow right now so this is what I've been able to do over the last couple of weeks.
The frames and stems are laminated from AYC with TIII. The keel, which is straight, will be AYC, the planking CVG WRC. I haven't made up my mind whether to just strip build the whole thing or strip build the garboard and the sheer separately and apply the sheer as a clinker plank. I think that will look better.
There will be 3 probably removable thwarts. That's why the frames are as heavy as they are, no transverse support from the thwarts.
I'm thinking single thole pins instead of locks, just because it will look more fitting, although I know this hull will be anything but truly authentic. Hey, it's just for fun! I may even donate it to a non-profit in the end, but not until I've rowed it around the block a couple of times.