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Days 19 and 20

posted Oct 6, 2014, 3:25 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 6, 2014, 3:40 PM ]
From Graham Rankin:

'Day 19 of the skiff build had us scratching our heads, when we positioned the fifth plank things just didn't look right at the forward third, with the overlap too high at the gains. Jeremy Clowes had warned us the Cygnet build had had some issues with this plank also, and I think I remember Peter Laidlaw mentioning it also. After much tossing and turning Peter Heading decided the only way to fix the problem was to recut the forward scarphs and re align the planks.  Careful work with the Japanese saw and re marking gave us the result we needed. A quick re glue had us back on track, although we are a day behind where we hoped to be with the planking. A big effort this week should see both planks five and six glued in place by Friday (fingers crossed). On a more positive note, the oars are close to being finished and are looking a treat and the rudder blades have been glued!'