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Final hull deconstruction

Posted By on August 21, 2011

As the boat is disassembled, the crew works to make sure that every part that can be used again is marked and saved.  This is particularly true with the knees, since these big, curved parts are extremely hard to find.

At this stage, it’s more efficient to cut the knee out of the boat with all the parts that it connects to left intact.  The piles of knees show a nice cross section of the boat from the planking inwards.

Next, the crew removed the iron drifts and bolts that attached the knees to the surrounding structures.  Here they are, stacked up and ready for their next go-round.  While they will probably need to be modified slightly to fit the new construction, they should go in pretty much as they are.  These parts from the original boat will remain in the restored boat, doing the same job as they did originally.

Over the summer, two IYRS students have joined the crew to help with the disassembly.  By the beginning of July, much of the aft section had been removed.

Here, you can see that almost all of the starboard side planking and framing has been taken off.  The keelson (those large fore-aft timbers) are still in place, resting on top of the floors and keel.

Just a few of the aft frames are still in place.

And then, by mid August, it was all gone.

The new keel has been laid, leveled, and straightened.

The small curved blocks on either side of the keel are fastened to the keel supports and to the keel itself to hold everything solidly in line.

Looking forward, the frame / deck beam sections are now set up with plywood and railings to give the crew a stable work platform for when they’re working on the deck.

Upstairs, the crew is working on shaping the deadwood,

and doing the final fitting of the rudder post into the keel.

The short part with the triangular scarf facing the camera will fasten to the end of the keel.  You can see the tenons and mortises that attach this last bit of keel to the rudder post.

These are pretty massive joints.  The gloves on the keel section give a sense of scale.

On the more delicate side, the crew has been working with Coronet’s owner to build some of the elegant, rounded deck hatches.  You can seem the originals here along the centerline of the boat.

Plans for new hatches have been drawn up full size to guide the making of the parts.

Coronet’s new owner enjoys woodworking, so the crew is working with him to build these hatches.  Here, some of the patterns for the overall shape have been made up,

along with a few of the curved framing for the hatch.

The owner will incorporate these parts into the hatches that he is working on in his own workshop.



4 Responses to “Final hull deconstruction”

  1. Roy says:

    This is just too cool. The scale is truly amazing. It’s fortnuate to have an owner taking part of the build as well. Thanks for sharing this

  2. Steve says:

    I discoverd this project while visiting Newport, Labor Day weekend. I was truly amazed at the scope of the project. I returned Tuesday, Sept. 27, with a very good sailing friend of mine, and he too was amazed. We both look forward to watching the progress on line, and have already planned another site visit in May to see first hand the progress. This is one project I want to see to it’s finish. I’d love to be at the launch, if at all possible.

  3. admin says:

    We’ll endeavor to make sure that the launch date is appropriately set in giant type on the front page when we get close!

  4. Randy Solt says:

    I have a few fond memories of the Coronet. I was fortunate to be able to spend one night on it back when I was 13 or so. From that perspective this was a large vessel. I feel a peice of my heart is there with it. and a peice of it’s with me. I am sure many feel this way. As one advised in the comments. I would love to be at the lauch. I am 40 now so it has been many years. I followed it in detail while it was under IYRS control and lost track until a few days ago. I would love to see some updated posts and I too look forward to the reveal of the launch date. God bless all of those working on this restoration. THANK YOU.

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