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Sunday, 4 December 2016

The second apprentice working on making an paddle

First the apprentice had to mark out the piece of ash he was going to use for the shaft for the paddle

Then cut out the paddle blades 

Once all the pieces with cut they had to be put through the planner thicknesser to get them to the correct size 

The make a start on making the shaft round by using the same method you use to make a round mast from a square piece of wood

Having cut the blades for the paddle leaving on a bit for cramping up which once the glue as set can then be cut to close to correct size to plane and shape the paddle.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Finally getting to the end of cliching the last of the nails in the ribs

Getting to grips with the last few ribs that need cliching up  

 The inside getting a good clear up so it will be ready to fit the floor bearers and then the floorboards 

Just the last few ribs in the bow to finish off, there is an end to this job sometimes.

Starting to fix in the plywood and other backing pads

Fixing in the outboard pad on the inside of the transom so a reasonable size outboard can be fitted

Fitting the backing pad for the bow eye 

Fitting the bilge keel backing pad for the keel bands to be screwed into when they are fitted.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

A quick update on progress on the Mai-Star Class dinghy

Cleaning up the forward end of the dinghy before fitting the last of the ribs in the bow.

The new ribs now made and ready to fit in the bow, when they are done the ribs will all be finished and then a start can be made on the rest of the fitting out.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Shaping the outboard inside pad and keel band reinforcements

Making and shaping the internal after of the outboard pad  

Making and shaping the bilge keel reinforcement wooden battens 

Making and shaping the centre keel reinforcement and then holding them down into position  

Monday, 28 November 2016

finally got Little Mai in the workshop and now ready to fit her out.

Finally got the mould with the dinghy in the workshop ready to make a start on fitting her out 

First dry fitting the stern seat before make the transom pad for the outboard and then glass in the seat 

Dry fitting the bow seat, however before  the glass in this bow seat in, there is the  fitting of the bow eye bolt 

Let the fun begin