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Steaming in oak ribs

On Friday we ended the week by steaming the green oak ribs for about 20 minutes each and bending them into the clinker punt. The section of the ribs was 18/26mm. Most of them bent in successfully, largely due to the efforts of Jon Bray, Max White and Sarah Lee. Having...

New Ribs for Rachel May

Today Kim called me from Cornwall Hardwood Supplies to inform me that he'd be cutting the oak for Rachel May's ribs at 1 o'clock. The log had already been cut to length and one face cut. It looked very clean. They lifted to 650kg oak log onto the tractor driven...

1884 Working boat – Ajax

Ajax is a 28' traditional working boat from the west. Perhaps the west of England. Perhaps the west of France. She may well have been a lugger and did in fact have a mortise in her mast step quite a far into the front of the boat. This mast step is the only remaining...

Ester wins La Belle Classe Restoration Prize

On Sunday, the Ester team (missing a few key members and owners who had to travel home) were at the award ceremony in Monaco Classic week to witness Bo and Laurence receive La Belle Classe Restoration prize 2019. thank you Yacht Club de Monaco / Studio Borlenghi for...

Photogrammetry and 3D

Having seen some of the 3D models generated by Solosails, I wanted to try out some of the software they were using to generate an accurate 3D model of a punt of some local significance. Having created pointcloud representing the shape of the boat, a series of lines...

Ester’s Balanced Rudder

Last year, naval architect Juliane Hempel specified a Wortmann profile and a 16.7% pre-balance (I'm learning to speak architect lingo day by day). After quite a few iterations to and froing between Germany and Sweden/Cornwall, we got to a design that we all agreed on...