A new study in hot-molded boat building produces substantive results. The author used a combination of both traditional and modern techniques and technology to achieve noteworthy results. Additionally, other building techniques are documented for the reader’s edification.
Traditionally, boat builders worked from a scale half model to generate the lines of the actual boat in a labor-intensive process known as ‘lofting’. In this study, rather than work from a half model, the author elected to first build an actual representation of the hull, full size.
This simple step completely eliminated the lofting requirement as component patterns were simply made directly from the model. Additionally, the port and starboard sides, being mirror images, required only one pattern. (Missing in this photo is the transom pattern, the author regrets the oversight)
The author and his able assistant were able to procure GingerLogâ, from which the superb building material known as GingerBoardâ is made. Typically, it is delivered in raw-log form.
The average person, with a modicum of equipment, can mill the log into a suitable board in minutes (tho sometimes some professional oversight is required at first).
When a board of suitable size has been gotten out of the log, the pattern of the required piece is simply placed upon it and traced with a sharp knife. (The author regrets that photos of this process are not available.)
(To be continued directly because of the 6 picture limit...)