First step was to find a suitable build location. Those who live in a temperate climate can build out in the open or under a lean-to carport. I built all of my big boats in Cape Town in my garden, without protection from a roof. Here in Virginia the climate is not as kind, so frigid winter conditions make building outside very uncomfortable and cause big delays when work must stop.
The site chosen is a small industrial unit, large enough to contain the boat, the power tools and materials, with large enough spaces left over where full sheets of plywood can be laid out for cutting panels etc. There should also be enough space around the boat to allow standing back to view the hull as it develops, to judge fairness of curves of planking etc.
The foundation for a good build is to construct a solid bed (building stocks) on which the skeleton of the boat can be assembled. This bed has to be strong and stable so that the skeleton that is built off it remains accurate and true to the intended shape. There will be large loads applied to it through the weight of the materials that are added step-by-step and also the bending loads that result from forcing straight timbers into curved and/or twisted shapes. Clamping those timbers against the framing bends those timbers and sets up forces in the framing and beds, so they have to be strong enough to hold shape.
|Basic shape of the building stocks, constructed but not yet anchored in the final position.|
Most concrete slabs are not totally level, so the beds need to be levelled as much as practical when doing the anchoring. I say "as much as practical" because the rails may be straight when you buy them and not quite so straight when you make the beds a day or two later. Get them as level as you can, anchor them down, then add wedges or spacers where needed to level the individual frames when setting them up.
|Steel angle and anchor bolts tie the rails to the slab.|
|Wedges under the rails shim them where needed to improve levels|
|Plumb line hanging from an overhead wire that is accurately aligned with the centreline on the beds.|
|One of the temporary frames being assembled on top of Mylar templates.|
|Frames and bulkheads ready to be set up on the stocks.|
|The inner transom doubler layers are laminated first.|
|Then the outer transom layers are laminated onto the doublers|
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