Wanted to update some photos and generally let everyone know what we've been up to. The rudder is now completely secure on the vessel, after a very long and tedious fitting process. We cast all of the rudder fittings here in our foundry and they're all shined up and looking good.The water box (rudder port) is fitted in nicely so water won't be pouring in from her stern- that's good. As far as we know she's water tight from the top of the rudder to where the deck will be. The rudder stock is 6" oak.From the pics you'll see that she's pentox green but she'll be a different colour when she's done.
We had to caulk beneath the rudder straps because it couldn't be done after the fact so I got my first lesson in the art of caulking. By the time it's done I'll probably be a great amateur at it.
We can now continue with the planking. Yeah!!! We measured for, cut and fitted the plank just above the tuck and it will be placed and fastened Sunday. We put a couple of pics of trunnels in before they're driven kind of as a before and after shot.
The king plank is all ready to go in. This plank goes directly between the rudder stock and transom. We're so excited to be at this juncture because you can see the progress more plainly as the planks go higher, and higher and higher. Gasp!
We've had many many visitors from all over. Thank you all for your interest and encouraging words. We are enjoying this journey so much and when the creative journey is over we'll enjoy the travelling too. We hope that some can make a journey with us. We've met so many interesting people with their own story to tell that it makes this all worth while.