Tasmanian Boatbuilding Team - New Year's Update
A team of alums from the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is representing the USA at the 2019 Australian Wooden Boat Festival (AWBF).
The team is rising to the challenge of building TWO Joel White Haven 12 1/2s. The AWBF Haven will be showcased and auctioned during the festival while the Franklin Haven will stay with folks at the Wooden Boat Centre in Tasmania for local students to complete.
Just before Christmas the team installed bulkheads, sheer clamps, sole bearers, and deck beams to the MyState Bank Australian Wooden Boat Festival (AWBF) Haven. All the new lumber going into the boat is celery top pine.
44 frames in 2 1/2 hours
Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding Published by Christina Cogan Page Liked · 28 mins · On Christmas Eve, the crew insisted on working (mostly because they were looking forward to framing the new boat-the Franklin Haven)! Here's Boat School alum Ginny prepping frames with linseed oil and managing the steam box. Thanks to her we bent 44 frames in less than 2 1/2 hours! The celery top pine was super green and bent beautifully-only broke 4 or so.
Franklin Haven Frames
Just about done framing and finishing up with the tightest bends back aft. Broke 4 in a row! But we managed to finished with must two to spare
Franklin Haven frames finished
The team finished up just before lunch and took off for the holiday. Herreshoff's setup method of a mold per frame doesn't make sense for building only one boat. But it was perfect for producing multiple hulls from the same set of molds, and I can see why Joel White kept it in his plans for the Haven.
AWBF Haven Caulking
And back to boatbuilding. With the deck framed and sheathed in plywood, it was on to caulking the hull on the MyState Bank Australian Wooden Boat Festival (AWBF) Haven. Used the Hammond method of rolling and making and it worked beautifully. Thanks Jeff Hammond!
Shaping AWBF Haven Thwarts
Boat School alum Ryan Chadwick works on laying out and shaping the thwarts for the MyState Bank Australian Wooden Boat Festival (AWBF) Haven, all planned to be varnished celery pine. — with Ryan Chadwick at Wooden Boat Centre Tasmania.
Franklin Haven Keel Prep
Back on the Franklin Haven, Boat School alum Christian Gaggia is putting the final touches on the floor timbers in preparation for springing the keel. — at Wooden Boat Centre Tasmania.
Shaping the Franklin Haven Keel
Boat School alums Steven Stanton and Nathan Nelson shape the keel on the Franklin Haven. It was made from 'tassie oak', which looks like white oak but is actually a type of eucalyptus tree. — at Wooden Boat Centre Tasmania.
Wooden Boat Centre Shop
A nice view of the action in the Wooden Boat Centre Tasmania shop. Both Haven's to the left and the 1890's Couta boat restoration by the Wooden Boat Centre to the right. — with David Klco at Wooden Boat Centre Tasmania.
AWBF Steam Bent Coamings
Next came some serious steam bending work of the coamings on the MyState Bank Australian Wooden Boat Festival (AWBF) Haven by Boat School alum David Klco. Coamings were steamed in the morning and he had them completely fit by the end of the day. Then by the next day he fiberglassed and fill coated the foredeck and sterndeck. — with David Klco at Wooden Boat Centre Tasmania.
Franklin Haven Keel
Boat School alums Ryan, Steve, Lachlan, Nathan, and Christian steam bent the keel onto the Franklin Haven. After a couple of days tuning up the transom and a bit of fairing, it's on to planking. The crew is stoked to put the whiskey plank on before the Festival. Which has nothing to do with the unopened bottle of whiskey stored under the boat! — at Wooden Boat Centre Tasmania.