Caledonia Yawl Project: flipping the boat

Last night I put the call out to a few friends to help out to turn the boat over. I rigged a long 1/2″ braided line to the rafters.

Then I crawled around under the boat trying to find all the brackets I had set up to hold down the keelson. I also removed all the braces for the station molds.

Then under a torrential downpour with the corrugated tin roof making a racket we got ready to lift the hull.


It unstuck fairly easily, and with 6 sets of hands we lifted it without any trouble. We then went along while the line held the boat up to remove all the station molds.


It was amazing to finally have an unobstructed view of the inside of the boat for the first time.


Then we lowered it down and spun it while it was still held by the line just above the strongback.


Here is a short video shot on my friend Dom’s go-pro camera mounted in the corner.

There is a fair amount of scraping ahead of me to get all the spots I was not able to clean up that were behind clamps.

I’m looking to figure out who supplies shavehook scrapers or contour scraper in Vancouver?

Then I think I may round over all the edges of the plywood inside and apply a small fillet of epoxy to help the paint hold better and avoid voids where my clamping was less than even.




Caledonia Yawl Project: adding the brass rub strips

After two layers of grey primer and three layers of Cloverdale paint marine maintenance alkyd enamel on the boat I’m hoping I’ve laid down enough to give this hull a good start.


I had anticipated this day and spent quite some time chasing down 1/2 round brass rub strips in Canada.

I finally found that the best source for me in Vancouver was to order from Alaska Copper and Brass and go pick it up at the shipping warehouse at 225 North Rd, Coquitlam.

I was able to get the lengths I needed of 3/4″ half round brass as well as 1/2″ half round brass.


The next step was to drill the holes and countersinks for the bronze fasteners.  I used a prick punch to set the spot for the drill press to set nicely and not slip off the convex shape of the half round.


I then used a countersink bit to drill out the space for the bronze screw to sit in nicely below the surface of the half round.

et voila 30′ of drilled brass.


All that was left is the filing of the ends into nice rounded shapes.


The next step of fitting it to the keel and the runners was relatively straightforward.  I was just careful to drill pilot holes and carefully screw in the silicon bronze screws.


This capping off of the keel really felt good. I still have some 3 – 4′ ends left of the 1/2″ and 3/4″ half round and I look forward to installing it in critical spots on the gunwale and other spots where the rope might chafe.

Next up… flipping the hull over.