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12-03-2016 04:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: boat building oak

When I saw this video I first thought of Shipwright. I considered to send him a link but on reflection I think this is a video for all woodworkers.

I hope you will enjoy it.


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#1 posted 12-03-2016 04:36 PM

Saw this vid a year ago it realy is impresive, beautifull ship build, most of cost a fortune, imagine working on a 17th century shipyard, working with huge oak trees near the sea.

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#2 posted 12-03-2016 05:13 PM

very cool video …...thanks Dutchy


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#3 posted 12-03-2016 10:01 PM

Well at first when I opened the video and saw 25 minutes, I thought “No way I’m gonna watch that whole thing.”

But after just a minute or two, you had me hooked! Wow what a majestic beauty!
You got me Dutchy ! Thanks for sharing that .

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#4 posted 12-04-2016 12:41 AM



Did one similar years ago, but when I finished I couldn’t get it out of my workshop so I had to dismantle it. Now all I have to show is a pile of scrap timber and some bent nails… But at least the wood floats… quite a few boards floated away out of reach and most of the nails sank before I salvaged a few.

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#5 posted 12-04-2016 01:54 AM

Thanks for thinking of me Dutchy. Great story and yes, it all looks quite familiar. That is one massively built boat for her size. She won’t be winning any races but she will sneer at heavy weather and last at least a hundred years.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#6 posted 12-04-2016 04:43 AM

Wow! I love watching those shipwrights work. Several points piqued my interest. One, it would have been nice to show how the frames were dubbed off to take the lay of the planking. The frames were laminated with the outer faces square, so that would have to be done.

The casting of the lead ballast keel reminded me of a friend who built a similar boat (smaller, though), who melted his lead in an iron bathtub. When he poured the lead, the form popped open a bit, and a good deal of his lead flowed out. He had to dig deep into the ground to retried hundreds of pounds of lead.

I wish they’d shown the spiling process a little more. The spiling (my spell check wants to make that word “smiling”, by the way) board they used with the adjustable pointers is an efficient way to do it, but many builders simply use a compass to mark the edge shape on the spiling plank before transferring to the actual plank itself.

I liked the shots that showed planks being pre-bent by suspending them over fire pits/barrels. Especially the one showing how they are inducing twist to the plank by clamping a weighted board as a lever while the plank is over the fire. This method confirms what I have been arguing quite often on this forum, that it’s heat, not moisture, that lets wood bend. I first saw that being done in a “WoodenBoat” magazine article years ago. The boat was being built in SE Asia (Indonesia, maybe) by local artisans. The were getting planks limber over beach fires.

Oh, I loved the copper sheathing on the bottom. Emma will never grow foul, nor require anti-fouling paint with that copper bottom.

Reminds me of a story about Joshua Slocum (first to sail solo around the world). He was skipper of a sailing ship, and had his family on board. They were shipwrecked on a beach in Brazil. With not much more than a handsaw, an auger, and a hatchet, he built a 35’ boat, which he referred to as a dory-sampan. They sailed this boat from Brazil to New York. This was before he rebuilt the derelict “Spray” (working alone) and did his solo circumnavigation.

And don’t forget the Spanish, who trekked across the isthmus of Panama, then built ships on the beach to continue their exploring and pillaging, not to mention raping and murdering of the natives, after baptizing them, of course.

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#7 posted 12-06-2016 03:16 AM

Thank you for putting that up there Dutchy. It is just brilliant kept me glued to the screen. My father in law loved Dutch boats shame he is not around to see this.

-- Peter New Zealand

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