Serious wintertraining on the Leie in the tender :)

From the Whaleboat archives: short video taken during our minus 10°C wintertraining..

ROEI-TAXI tijdens de Gentse Feesten

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RIB competition - tender sea trial: 11 men is one too many..

April 27th, 2008
Try this with a 3,8 m RIB!
800 kg in our little tender and still rowing - for a while anyway.
Mission accomplished.

RIB competition

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RIB competition

While waiting on the final KeyCreator (CNC) blueprints for our new surfboat, I decided to have a little competition. I want to know if it is still possible these days to build a wooden boat, that can compete with a similar RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) not only on price, but also regarding maintenance, ease of handling under oar (the RIBs are awful!) and motor, weight and aesthetics (sorry, can't help it, a thing of beauty is a joy forever).
LOA Length Over All has to be more or less 4 metres, and she has to be able to carry 4 adults with load easily.
Also, she has to be light, easy to construct and seaworthy.
I know that a roundbottom boat (like the Lawley tender) complies to my wishes, but this type of building would definetely increase the building costs - read building time. A flatbottomed bank dory however would be very ease to construct but she wouldn't row that well in rough conditions.
Browsing the endless archives of master boatbuilder John Gardner, I came across the 12 feet Chaisson dory. This little boat has it all: great looks, she rows very well, and is not too difficult to build. She will last a lifetime and she will bring her owner and his/her family anywhere they'd like.
I decided to build my first one like the old chap Chaisson would've done: a clinker built, flatbottom craft with sawn oak frames and copper rivets as fastenings.
The only thing I changed was the amount of strokes: 5 instead of 4 at each side. This to eliminate the really wide boards needed for the true Chaisson dory, which are very hard to find these days.

My idea is to optimize the building process by taking notes, and pictures - in order to obtain my competitive goal of selling this boat for 3500 euro.

At this stage of building - see pictures - these are my notes/changes:
- stripplanked instead of clinker: you save a lot of wood
- laminated frames and stem instead of solid sawn wood: less timeconsuming to make (especially the gussets took way too long to fabricate)
- started right side up, I turned the boat at this stage to make it easier for shaving the bevels. Although, when stripbuilding I think I would go for right side up.
- when glueing the bottom plank, there is no need for putting in the rocker at this stage. It can easily be done afterwards.

More to come..

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