America's Most Historic Yacht

Framing complete

Posted By on May 30, 2013

A lot has happened over the past six months. By early May, all of the frames had been cut, beveled, assembled, and all but two were installed. You can see these last two leaning on the catwalk to the left.


With the framing almost complete, the size and shape of the boat are readily apparent now. Even with the distortion from this panoramic shot, it’s clear that this is a beautifully fair hull.


As Eric says, when you have really good drawings, building exactly to those drawings yields a wonderfully fair hull.

The caliber of the workmanship is easily seen in long views down the center of the hull (in this case looking aft), where mistakes and unfairness would jump out.


The crew has been doing the final tweaking of the deck beams before locking them in place. They use a laser line to make sure that everything lines up exactly right.


You may recall the piles and piles of framing stock that used to fill the shop floor. This is what’s left now.


Not much at all…

The last frame went in at 3:44 PM May 26th 2013. Bob was there for the event.

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Bob stuck around, and was fitting carlins all weekend.


In case you don’t know, the carlins are timbers that surround openings in the deck. They tie into the deck beams using half-dovetail joints. If we zoom in, that joint is visible in the photo above.


The crew will be working on carlins and building up the keelson next. The keelson is a long beam that rides atop the floors and runs the length of the boat. It’s made up of layers of wood that are laminated and fastened together. The crew is trying to reuse as much of the old material as possible, and one way to do this is to incorporate old yellow pine ceiling planks into the new keelson. Here’s one that still has the old trunnels in it.


The building floor (formerly used for laying out and assembling frames) has been disassembled, but this wood (also yellow pine) will be used for the keelson as well.



2 Responses to “Framing complete”

  1. Tim Murray says:

    You’re quite right about that fair hull–and those curves are wonderful. It’s good to see old timber being re-used, though I was sorry to hear how few of the ceiling planks were still usable. Thanks for the update!

  2. Fran├žois Comeau says:

    Looking at the transom, the name “CORONET” seems to me to be much too small. In my opinion, it looks “lost” on the transom. I fear it will appear even more out of proportion when the boat is sailing and can be seen in its entirety. I believe the transom, and the whole boat for that matter, would look much better, visually, if the name was made up of letters almost twice the size. Merci.

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