Thursday, 30 June 2011

Ian Kemp's restoration work. Back cabin building

It's always nice when visting Dadford's to see what Ian Kemp the builder and restorer is doing.
Here we see his present job, fitting a back cabin in a Northwich.

Table cupboard.
Note that the table will be cut out later. Whilst in one piece the front panel holds the cupboard square.

Bed hole.
My feet are in the Nike Pegasus running shoes on the right.
Ian's well worn work boots are on the left.

Stove space and planked back bulkhead.

More bow photos

Fabrication of the knuckles, flares, larger top guards or whatever they are called.

Gunnels at bow and stern  are 12mm thick made from baseplate offcuts.
The gunnels are otherwise 6mm. which will be plenty strong enough especially when the top guard is welded to them.
More bow guards.

Bow internal detail. Seams still to be welded.

Hull guards fitted and bow nearing completion

Detail of the stem iron laminated from 3  20x65mm strips the top being D section.
When the breast block is added the stem iron will be bent down and tapered into it.
In plan it will be flared out into a fish tail and nail detail will be added.

The front deck will start where the mug is standing on the gunnel.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Bow and cabin 3/4 view

This photo gives an early impression of how the whole boat will look.
The cabin will start 14 feet back where the metal strip is clamped to the hull side (about a foot in front of the dangling cable)

Here's one Dave did earlier............

This is the previous boat built by Dave.
It is a large Northwich with inset panels and full rivet detail.
it is rusting prior to grit blasting and painting.
Another rare material , proper diamond pattern plate on the lids.

Weed hatch

To allow access to the propeller for the removal of debris a weed hatch is cut in the counter under the back deck. Clearance is a bit tight so the front of the surround is tilted forward for convenience.

The hatch cover and fixing bar.


Progress on the stern.

The rear deck is elliptical, bowed slightly and grooved to represent wooden planks.
The rudder tube is now in place.

The bow under construction.

The compound curve of the bow is created by using 5 steel planks working from the top bends down.
The joins will be covered by the strakes to be added later.
The lower planks also have an increasing reverse curve near the stem.
The planks are shaped at the front to show a tapering amount of the stem iron to replicate a tapered stem iron as shown on the previously posted photo of James Loader.(see - planning the bow 9 5 11)

The stem post is made from 3 pieces of steel lalminated/welded together with the outer leaf being of 65mm D section. This stuff is rarer than rocking horse manure.

The shot above shows the stem iron welded to the base plate and the bottom plank being pulled and jacked into place. The front of the keelson can also be seen.

Some of the early stages of bow construction are classified information so photos are not shown here.