Wednesday, January 19, 2011

No right angles, EVER..........





The two photos above give a good indication of the complexity of renovating an old boat. Do not expect any right angles, just lots of wrong ones. Those traditional shipwrights knew their trade. Every time I come across a pencil mark or some calculation written on the inside of a locker I am suitably impressed. I know that the Whitby 42 was a "production" boat but it certainly was built by hand and by talented people.

2 comments:

robert s said...

I now believe one of the shipwright's secrets are "Measure twice and cut once, but cut slightly bigger". That way you can trim/shave the edge to match that ever-so-slightly-out-of-square corner!

The Incredible Hull said...

Damn, I always thought it was "measure once, cut twice". That's the problem when English isn't your first language. It would explain the state of my carpentry, LOL.