- Shape the keel, lay out on blocks.
- Shape stem and sternpost, bolt into place on keel. Brace entire structure as necessary to keep upright.
- Assemble molds, each molded to the inside of the planking. These are fitted directly to the keel.
- Run ribbands from the rabbet on the stem to the rabbet on the sternpost. Do not notch into the molds. Use mechanical fasteners to connect to molds.
- Steam-bend frames into position, laying them inside the ribbands. Clamp to ribbands and screw into top of keel.
- Begin planking at the sheer. Work one plank per side at a time, and duplicate on opposite. Lay the whole assembly on side as needed (see photo of motor whaleboats, 1953).
- Once several strakes are run down from the sheer, begin work on the garboards and work up.
- When planked, attach temporary beams gunwale to gunwale, remove molds.
- Insert keelsens, CB trunk, clamps and thwarts.
- Insert deckbeams, decking, bow and stern platforms.
Note the complete lack of such things as a strongback, heavy framing etc. Either they were just $hit hot or we've been approaching wooden boatbuilding with a vast degree of overkill. I mean, the molds and strongback for the 25' Launch weigh as much as the finished boat itself. In contrast, those light frames look quite dainty. Not to mention the rolling about of the structure during construction - seems to make building them upright (more or less) a lot less stressful, AND it removes the operation of having to flip them over. Hmmmm.
TONIGHT we will assemble the Dockyard crew to help the operational side in recruiting. Monomoy No. 1 is ready for duty, and we're going to go park her in front of the NEX, lay out the oars, step the mast and hoist sail (wind permitting) and some flags, and get attention! All hands meet at the Dockyard at 1600 and we'll begin making preps to go.