Photos of the construction process.
  • 10/15/07 - I picked up the kit today and have started construction.  Here are the forms.
    10/15/07 - I picked up the kit today and have started construction. Here are the forms.
  • The strongback.
    The strongback.
  • The first two station blocks are installed.
    The first two station blocks are installed.
  • All the blocks are installed.
    All the blocks are installed.
  • 10/16/07 - The first two risers are set up.
    10/16/07 - The first two risers are set up.
  • Using the string line all the other risers are set up to be plumb with the ends.
    Using the string line all the other risers are set up to be plumb with the ends.
  • All the forms are installed on to the risers.
    All the forms are installed on to the risers.
  • The bow form.
    The bow form.
  • The internal stems are laminated.  This is the bow stem.
    The internal stems are laminated. This is the bow stem.
  • The stern internal stem.
    The stern internal stem.
  • 10/17/07 - The external stems are laminated using the internal stems as forms.
    10/17/07 - The external stems are laminated using the internal stems as forms.
  • 10/18/07 - The sheer strips are hot-glued in place.  The port side has the second strip in place as well.
    10/18/07 - The sheer strips are hot-glued in place. The port side has the second strip in place as well.
  • 10/20/07 - The first of two accent strips is added.
    10/20/07 - The first of two accent strips is added.
  • The second accent strip is put in.
    The second accent strip is put in.
  • View of the bow so far.
    View of the bow so far.
  • 10/21/07 - Two more strips per side are added.
    10/21/07 - Two more strips per side are added.
  • 10/22/07 - Three more strips per side.
    10/22/07 - Three more strips per side.
  • The bow internal stem is almost covered.
    The bow internal stem is almost covered.
  • 10/23/07 - Two more strips are added.  These are the last two that are installed in pairs, I will strip only one side at a time from now on.
    10/23/07 - Two more strips are added. These are the last two that are installed in pairs, I will strip only one side at a time from now on.
  • 10/24/07 - I am now stripping on one side only.  I will let the strips overhang the centerline and then trim them off later.  Bow View
    10/24/07 - I am now stripping on one side only. I will let the strips overhang the centerline and then trim them off later. Bow View
  • Stern view.
    Stern view.
  • 10/25/07 - Stripping up the port side continues.
    10/25/07 - Stripping up the port side continues.
  • 10/26/07 - Stripping of the port side is complete!
    10/26/07 - Stripping of the port side is complete!
  • The strips are sawed off in a straight line to match the keel line.
    The strips are sawed off in a straight line to match the keel line.
  • The first strip on the starboard side in a while!
    The first strip on the starboard side in a while!
  • 10/29/07 - The bow is ready for the external stem.
    10/29/07 - The bow is ready for the external stem.
  • 10/30/07 - The hole in the hull is rapidly closing up.
    10/30/07 - The hole in the hull is rapidly closing up.
  • Only 2 and a half strips to go!
    Only 2 and a half strips to go!
  • 10/31/07 - I am finished stripping the hull!
    10/31/07 - I am finished stripping the hull!
  • The external bow stem is epoxied in place.
    The external bow stem is epoxied in place.
  • The stern stem.
    The stern stem.
  • The hull is sanded with a fairing board and then gone over with a random orbital sander.
    The hull is sanded with a fairing board and then gone over with a random orbital sander.
  • 11/1/07 - The stems are shaped to match the boat.  The bow gets a little bit of paua shell inlay.
    11/1/07 - The stems are shaped to match the boat. The bow gets a little bit of paua shell inlay.
  • Fiberglass cloth is draped over the hull in preparation for fiberglassing tomorrow.
    Fiberglass cloth is draped over the hull in preparation for fiberglassing tomorrow.
  • 11/2/07 - The hull is fiberglassed.
    11/2/07 - The hull is fiberglassed.
  • View of the bow.
    View of the bow.
  • Closeup of the paua inlay.
    Closeup of the paua inlay.
  • 11/3/07 - Two fill coats of epoxy were applied to the hull today.  This view is from the stern looking forward.
    11/3/07 - Two fill coats of epoxy were applied to the hull today. This view is from the stern looking forward.
  • Looking towards the stern.
    Looking towards the stern.
  • 11/05/07 - The hull is detached from the strongback and flipped over.
    11/05/07 - The hull is detached from the strongback and flipped over.
  • The sheer strips are installed.
    The sheer strips are installed.
  • 11/06/07 - Center strips are added.
    11/06/07 - Center strips are added.
  • More strips are added.
    More strips are added.
  • 11/7/07 - Another strip of Alaskan Yellow Cedar is added for some pattern variation.
    11/7/07 - Another strip of Alaskan Yellow Cedar is added for some pattern variation.
  • The deck is rapidly getting filled in.
    The deck is rapidly getting filled in.
  • 11/8/07 - Two more strips on either side are placed.
    11/8/07 - Two more strips on either side are placed.
  • 11/9/07 - Two more strips are added.
    11/9/07 - Two more strips are added.
  • A view from the stern.
    A view from the stern.
  • I managed to get one more strip per side in today.
    I managed to get one more strip per side in today.
  • 11/10/07 - I am getting close to closing up the deck.
    11/10/07 - I am getting close to closing up the deck.
  • 11/12/07 - A few more strips towards closing up the deck.
    11/12/07 - A few more strips towards closing up the deck.
  • Three strips per side should finish it up.
    Three strips per side should finish it up.
  • View from the stern.
    View from the stern.
  • 11/13/07 - This small strip will complete the first phase of the deck.
    11/13/07 - This small strip will complete the first phase of the deck.
  • The first phase of building the deck is complete.
    The first phase of building the deck is complete.
  • View from the stern.
    View from the stern.
  • The cockpit recess shape is traced onto the deck.  It will be cut out later.
    The cockpit recess shape is traced onto the deck. It will be cut out later.
  • The shape of the deck is transferred to large sheets of paper.
    The shape of the deck is transferred to large sheets of paper.
  • 11/14/07 - The koru shape is transferred from paper to the deck.
    11/14/07 - The koru shape is transferred from paper to the deck.
  • The forward deck.
    The forward deck.
  • The pattern on the aft deck.
    The pattern on the aft deck.
  • 11/15/07 - The pattern is cut out.
    11/15/07 - The pattern is cut out.
  • The first strips of the koru are installed.
    The first strips of the koru are installed.
  • The koru pattern is filled in.
    The koru pattern is filled in.
  • 11/16/07 - The koru is cut into the aft part of the deck.
    11/16/07 - The koru is cut into the aft part of the deck.
  • All filled in.
    All filled in.
  • Both the koru give good balance.
    Both the koru give good balance.
  • 11/17/07 - The cockpit recess is cut out.
    11/17/07 - The cockpit recess is cut out.
  • The first strip of the cockpit recess.
    The first strip of the cockpit recess.
  • The recess is stripped halfway.
    The recess is stripped halfway.
  • 11/18/07 - Small gaps between strips are filled with epoxy.
    11/18/07 - Small gaps between strips are filled with epoxy.
  • The completed cockpit recess.
    The completed cockpit recess.
  • 11/19/07 - The deck has been sanded down.
    11/19/07 - The deck has been sanded down.
  • Pieces of paua shell are laid out in preparation for some inlay work.
    Pieces of paua shell are laid out in preparation for some inlay work.
  • 11/20/07 - The paua is inlayed into the deck.
    11/20/07 - The paua is inlayed into the deck.
  • After a final sanding, fiberglass cloth is laid over the deck.
    After a final sanding, fiberglass cloth is laid over the deck.
  • The cloth is wetted out with epoxy.
    The cloth is wetted out with epoxy.
  • View from the stern.
    View from the stern.