Annapolis Wherry Tandem
In late 2012 I reported on the construction of a CLC Annapolis Wherry Tandem in this post and showed some photos of the finished boat in this one. After completion the Annapolis Wherry Tandem sat for a number of months under shelter beside my workshop because the owner was overseas doing post-graduate studies.
Well, the day finally came for a test row and the boat went very well indeed. The only problem was a slight bow-down trim, but that was sorted out on the second outing, and turned out to have simply been caused by having the foot stretcher set too far forward. With that adjusted the trim is now perfect. The following photos were taken on the initial outing, so you may just detect the trim I mentioned. Despite that the boat went fine, and on the second outing a few weeks later she was perfect.
|That is the owner, Dr McArthur, looking on as I make preparations for the initial launching. Dr McArthur is a very experienced oarsman, having rowed for 55 years of his long life.|
|Just getting the feel of the boat about two minutes after the launching. You can see how we have the excellent Piantedosi Row Wing adjusted for a "left-over-right" rigging.|
|A "turtle's eye view" as Dr McArthur becomes more familiar with the boat.|
|Even though we had the foot stretcher too far forward, the boat is still trimmed reasonably, and she certainly ran nicely, with excellent directional stability.|
|The boat proved to be stable and fast. Subsequent outings have been longer, and we've explored more of the performance envelope. She is a practical and enjoyable package.|
Jim Michalak Scram Pram
In this post I mentioned that I had been given the job of finishing off the construction of a Jim Michalak Scram Pram.
My part in the project is nearing completion, with just some detail work around the hull, initial coating work on the spars, and setting up the running rigging and sail to go. The owner will pick-up the boat and do the remainder of the painting and varnishing. However, I hope that he and I will be able to fit in a day or two of sea-trials prior to her departure (by road) for her home waters. Here are just a few pictures: -
|Forward/port window dry-installed with Pencil Cedar surrounds. Window and internal framing held in with silicon bronze screws throughout. See the aft/port window loosely fitted and waiting for the surrounds to be fabricated.|
|Filling/draining bungs for the three water ballast tanks were sourced from Duckworks. They come as a brass tube (see longest tube in the photo) and an expanding rubber or plastic plug. When the lever is pushed down the plug expands and grips the inside of the tube. My problem was that the bottom of the boat is only 9mm/3/8" thick and the tube would protrude. I worked out the shortest length that the tube could be and still allow the plug a full-depth grip, and cut the tube (see cut tube in foreground). I then fabricated some blocks so that the tube protruded only 9mm/3/8" below the block. When set in the tanks on the bottom of the hull, the brass tube and plug fit neatly without extending past the outer surface of the hull. Note how I cut holes in the blocks and the brass tube to allow water to drain right down to the bottom of the tank.|
More about jobs, both in the workshop and coming up, and also some progress reports on stock designs such as Whimbrel and Fleet in a day or so. I need to go to bed!