Working outside, ready for lapstrake planking







Because the plywood sheets we use are just 2.44 m long, we had to make a chamfer and glue two sheets together to reach the right length. Therefore we had to make a tent and workbench outside because there wasn't enough space in our shed to do so.

 Our temporary workbench outside.

Making a chamfer with the router.


Using a 7º wedge plank to get the right angle.

Gluing the plywood sheets together using a slightly round planed beam ( Esger's Idea!) to get equal pressure on the seam.

Ready for jigsawing.

This is what the seam looks like after gluing.

Esger is using a small batten to draw a smooth curve.





















The first two strakes (garboards) in place.

Our home-made clamps!

Heating up the front section with boiling water.

Resting for 10 minutes.

Then bending and clamping them down.

The Skeg


Fitting the skeg after two strakes. It is Important to do it at this stage, later when more strakes are fitted, it would be too hard to reach!

Clamping against the ceiling.

Clamping using a car jack.

The Bilge-keels


The Bilge-keels are made of inland Oak and shaped in advance.

And the planking process continues


We stole the idea for using the L-shape hooks to hold up the strakes from American canoe builders.

The belly of the boat becomes more visable

Using some temporary screws at the stem

Almost the last strake. 

Nr.10,  The whiskey strake,  will be made out of solid Mahogany timber.


























Temporarily screwing the lapstrakes to the transom. 

Notice, the Japanese saw did an awesome job cutting the overlap strakes.

The 10th solid Mahogany strake had to be extended so we made a scarf jig with an 11 degree angle for routering the bevel. Esger did a great job!

Finally the last strake on starboard is glued down.

The solid Mahogany strake  has a much warmer tone than the plywood ones.

Today we glued / screwed the false stem on our Ilur. The temperature was just high enough for gluing with epoxy.

The Keel is fitted. Tomorrow we will shape it using a fine plane.

The keel is done.

The fillets are in place and sanded.

The lower rub rail mounted

The bungs in the lower rub rail are sanded smooth.