Tuesday, January 17, 2017

St. Jacques Log 16 Jan 17

16 Jan 17:

Set the front edge of the seat approximately 9 inches back from the foot of the stem, then dropped a vertical line down to the risers that will support the the front edge of the seat.

Marked the forward edge of the seat and then another mark 10 1/2 inches back (seat width) so I could get some athwartships measurements for the fore and aft edges of the seat.

Took the seat edge bevel.

Found the seat edge bevel angle.

Set seat edge bevel on the circular saw.

Ripped the seat to 10 1/2 inches on the table saw. Cut the seat edge angle and bevel.

Checked out forward seat rowing position.

First fit.

Used the compass to measure the gap.

Scribed a trim line with the compass.

Trimmed the forward seat. Seat 1.0 that is, then I discovered that I forgot to level the forward seat fore and aft, which also levels it with the middle seat. So when I raised the aft edge of the seat to get the seat level, a big gap opened up on the aft end sides. So seat 2.0 was born, with the correct horizontal orientation and taper.

Sealed wood with Jamestown Distributors TotalBoat Wood Sealer Varnish Primer, then 2 coats of TotalBoat Gleam Satin Varnish. 3 #10 silicone bronze screws per side through hull.

Ruler tick stick for bow seat pattern.

FMI: Log of St. Jacques

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Leathers 21 Barbashela Details 17 Nov 16

Here are a few pictures of Barbashela's details after we applied the finish coat of alkyd enamel paint. We love the touches that the original craftsmen put into her, full length seat risers with accent lines, bead and cove along the seat edge bottoms, bevels everywhere, curved stern seat, floor boards, lots of rocker, a reverse curve and flare. We tried our best to recreate their vision with the new materials that were added.

Barbashela Log

Friday, January 13, 2017

St. Jacques Log 13 Jan 17

13 Jan 17:

Nice morning on the dock.

Cut a few more cleat to hold up the aft seat center section.

Used some meranti ply to make a pattern. Laid out a curve with Barbashela's breasthook template.

Cut the curve with a jigsaw and cit the gentle outer curve with a circular saw.

Put the pattern centerline along the straight edge of a piece of cypress.

Scribed the line from half of the pattern.

Cut half of the seat then flipped it to cut the mirror half.

Trimmed the half seat to fit the curve of the side seat, then used that half to mark and sand the other half to match.

Scribed the 2 1/4(-) inch line on the seat.

Cut and fit each slat.

Slats are precisely spaced one Lego Number 2 pencil apart.

Aft seat trimmed, routed, sanded and screwed down to 3 cleats. It will be removable with some type of toggle to keep it from flipping forward and keep it in the boat in the event of capsize.

Side trip to check out a 1989 Supercharged Toyota MR2. Test drove great, but the price was a bit high.

Brushed on Jamestown Distributors TotalBoat Wood Sealer Varnish Primer. Painted the inner transom to match the rest of the planks and bulkheads, it was too dark for the color scheme we wanted inside the boat. Very happy with how the seat turned out, thanks go to Fred Fisher for the ideas for the curve and the slats!

FMI: St. Jacques Log

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Herreshoff AMPHI-CRAFT

Here is a boat that I found in the Providence Airport, it was still on display as of Feb 2015. The boat is a 1915 design Herreshoff AMPHI-CRAFT, and I am fascinated by it. They came with their own factory built custom trailer, set up to tow the boat stern first, pioneering the concept of portability. Built with a centerboard, pivoting rudder and free-standing two-piece pivoting mast, everything could be stored inside the boat. So you could sail or row or motor in some skinny water. The wishbone boom was ingenious as well.

"She could be sailed, rowed or fitted with an outboard motor and the fact that she was sold with a custom trailer made her an appealing item for "Mr. Everyman."....The AMPHI-CRAFTS were designed by N. G. Herreshoff's oldest son, Sidney, who developed a number of other interesting boats for the Herreshoff Co. at this time." (Mystic Seaport Museum Watercraft, Bray, 1979)

13'1" x 4'9"
Job No. 13??
circa 1936

Enjoy the photos!