A record of the renovation of a
Wooden Drascombe Longboat 'Otter'

18th January 2007. Steaming and laminating

This is the laminate that I laid up on 12th January 2007. I sawed it in two and planed the edges. You can see the three laminates.

This is the section with three laminates on the right and two on the left.

This is the section with two laminates on the right and one on the left.

I peeled the laminate back with a chisel. As you can see, the bond did not break but the ply did.

Started to think how I was going to get the garboard strake to bend to the stem. Unlike a new build, I have to fit the garboard strake under the second strake. This means I have to shape the edge of the garboard strake first.

I clamped the aft edge to the keelson and pulled down the front. It takes quite a force to hold it in position.

So I thought I would try steaming it using an Earlex steamer that I use for removing wallpaper. (In the house, not the boat.).

I gave one side a thorough steam.

When I released the straps it was noticeably better than the unsteamed side so I strapped them up, again, and steamed both sides. Tomorrow I will unstrap them and see how they are.

Now I know I can laminate I applied three layers of cloth to the inside if the rudder case.


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