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    Default Skol Ar Mor - Alpha Beachcomber Dory Build

    Build album can be found here:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/skolar...h/51764495896/

    Wood used:
    Oak frames
    Douglas Fir (E.U. grown Douglas Fir?) Bottom
    Maritime pine (Pinus pinaster) planking.
    Oregon Pine (U.S. import Douglas Fir? ) spars
    Source: http://www.skolarmor.fr/a-vendre-%c2...a-beachcomber/

    The way they built it is quite different from Dan's recent build and is less traditional.
    The boat is built upside down, on a type of strong back they seem to be using for some of their other builds... Additional molds are used and not just the sawn frames..

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    Default Re: Skol Ar Mor - Alpha Beachcomber Dory Build

    So nice to see this boat traditionally built instead of glued plywood strakes. I think the Douglas Fir is also grown in France as it is in the Netherlands but here boatbuilders to often use imported wood. I heard from Gerd Lohmann, who was trained in the Rockport Apprentice Shop in the eighties, that the school has a good reputation too, and that they like the trainees at the Chantier du Guip, hope I got that last name right. Frank
    www.oarandsail.nl

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    Default Re: Skol Ar Mor - Alpha Beachcomber Dory Build

    Usually in France, it seems that:
    "Pin d'Oregon" is Douglas Fir imported from British Columbia, with a fine grain, usually in Clear Grade...
    "Douglas" is E.U. plantation grown Douglas Fir for the construction industry, it has wide growth rings and a very red heartwood.

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    Default Re: Skol Ar Mor - Alpha Beachcomber Dory Build

    Incredible!
    Clinton B. Chase
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    Default Re: Skol Ar Mor - Alpha Beachcomber Dory Build

    Handsome boat. Thanks for sharing.

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    Default Re: Skol Ar Mor - Alpha Beachcomber Dory Build

    Can anyone explain how the lattice system works that they apparently use to spile with ? Not familiar with it but looks intriguing. sorry if it is a noob question

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    Default Re: Skol Ar Mor - Alpha Beachcomber Dory Build

    john,
    That "lattice system" is a highly cool and effective way to make a plank pattern. It is not spiling. Two battens are bent along the lower plank parks and the upper edge of the lap, and the ply gussets are hot-melt glued to the battens. When you release the batten-gusset assembly, the plank pattern unfolds and lays flat on the plank stock to make a true 2d shape of the plank. If done properly, when the plank is cut out and offered up to the set up it re established the bent shape and fits nearly perfectly. The pattern captures both the sweep and spile of the plank.

    Incidentally, in the computer, we unroll the plank surface in the same way.

    Of course there are nuances that affect how well this goes...
    Clinton B. Chase
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    Default Re: Skol Ar Mor - Alpha Beachcomber Dory Build

    Thanks Clinton
    That make perfect sense and seems like a very effective way to get the shape one is looking for - I may have to try that out !

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