America's Most Historic Yacht

Progress through September 2016

| September 18, 2016

Long overdue update The crew has finished planking the interior. You may recall that this is all double planked, so it’s quite strong and stiff. Not bad looking either… Back aft, a number of sole bearers (the boat version of floor joists) have been installed. These land on wooden pads and are secured with through-bolts […]

Progress through December 2015

| February 4, 2016

Hi folks, sorry for the long delays, I have been remiss about getting up to Newport to document this project. Here’s the progress during my visit in December. The oak lower hull is essentially finished at this point. A few planks still need to be installed, but not many. The inner planking, known as the […]

Planking up to early March 2015

| April 19, 2015

The topsides planking is now underway. This is the more reddish wood up above the lighter oak. The topsides planks will be double planked, rather than carvel planked like the oak below. Double planking, like the name implies, is made up of two layers of planking, laid so that the seams are staggered. Here’s an illustration […]

Planking progresses

| February 2, 2015

Coronet is being planked from the bottom upwards. We are using white oak both for its strength and it’s ability to bend when steamed.  There isn’t a lot of twist at the bow of the boat, but the stern is another story entirely. There is a tremendous amount of twist where the hull transitions from […]

Planking continues

| August 17, 2014

The crew has been making steady progress on the hull planking. Here’s how things looked in mid June. Port side Starboard The planks are trunnel fastened, with a few bronze hanging spikes to hold everything in place while the trunnels are set. The butts are all spiked. So are the hood ends. In case you’re […]