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New Ribs for Rachel May

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...

Oar leathers

Oar leathers Most of the oars I’ve made have been leathered. If they are not leathered, then a smooth rowlock or protective notch must be used to prevent constant wear to the oar’s loom. There are different techniques used foro leathering. The pilot gigs use a specific...

Gaff for Ester

Gaff for Ester An exact copy of Ester’s original Gaff. The only difference we allowed ourselves was the stave construction: originally two pieces of sitka spruce were painstakingly hollowed out, whereas we used six bevelled and tapered staves of sitka spruce. Images Leif...

Ester’s Balanced Rudder

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...

Mast Hoop Toggle

Mast Hoop Toggle In 1901, the racing yacht Ester used mast hoops to fasten her mainsail luff to the mast. The luff was attached to the hoops in some way that allowed crew to reef the sail easily. Per Hellgren suggested that I make a design for a toggle to do the job of attaching the...

Boat Fittings and Parts

Boat Fittings and Parts I have designed and made fittings for various projects from various materials. The process of designing varies from very simply copying an existing fitting, making educated guesses to consulting an engineer or architect before finalising. The components I’ve...