Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sharpie Rudder

Completed URCHINs interior planking scraping. Flipped her with Pete's help. She sits on her trailer nicely with 2 x 4 crossbars. Will sand topsides and paint. Her stem and transom need scraping. Discovered her bottom is pine laid longways. That was a bit of a surprise. I thought she might be of the vintage where they started using plywood for the bottoms at Lowell. Have to fair her bow skid plate and and add a bit to her skeg. I'd like to put a piece of brass oval there too. (I put some 'round her rudder blade last year.) She sails off a cobble beach most days and her oak skeg is showing wear.

Laminated the oak shoe for the sharpie's rudder. Will fair it in with core tomorrow and laminate with carbon fiber cloth. You can see the difference in the new design profile, you can't see that the plywood core is faired to a hydrodynamic foil. The older version is oak planks drifted together.

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