Category Archives: Clinker built dinghy

Garboard plank and fitting the transom

This photo shows the stern knee getting fitted ready for the transon to be fixed to it.

 This photo shows the transom before it is cut to size,but after it is thickness to size.

 This photo shows the transom now being fixed to the stern knee.

 This photo shows the start of fitting the garboard plank to the stem

 This photo shows the starboard garboard plank being steamed into place.

This photo shows the two garboard planks in place, the port side one being fitted to the stem while the starboard side one is collong off.

 This photo shows the port side one in the final fitting before cutting the rebate on it and then fixing in position with copper nails and bronze screws.

 This photo shows the boat starting to take shape.


The first planks starting to go on the dinghy

This photo shows the spoil board being put in place ready to mark the starboard side garboard plank.

 This photo shows the spoil board being position on the stem and final trimming of the stem to fit the spoil board.

 This photo shows the first garboard plank being cramped in place.

 This photo shows the front end of the garboard plank being placed in the steam box to make it possible to cramp it easier to the stem given the tight angle it has to turn to fit the stem.

 The steamed garboard plank cramped in place on the stem and left to cool down over the weekend before starting to final fit the garboard next week.

Starting to take shape

This photo shows the new dinghy now set up and levelled and the sheer line batten fixed in place.

 A photo of the sheer line batten from the starboard bow .

 This photo shows the roof braces in place ready for the work to begin and the hull to take shape over the following months.

Now that the building stocks are in place the work can begin on building the new boat and see it take shape and be afloat for next season.


Making up the transom

This photo is of the three piece that are going to make up the transom of the new dinghy

 This photo is of the three pieces of the transom now all glued together with biscuits in the joints to keep it in the correct position.

Once the glue has set and after a couple of days it will be sanded down and then the transom template will be put on it and the marks taken off the template and it will then be set up on the end of the keel supported by the stern knee.

This photo is of the glued together transom, now it needs to be cut to shape and be fitted once the stern knee is glued up and shaped to the correct angle and bolted in place on the end of the keel.

The new build, A new class of dinghy from J-Star Boat Services.

Over the autumn and winter at J-Star boat Services we will be building a new dinghy which will be named the Mai-Star. It is based on a Andrew Wolstenholme design, It is going to be a little shorter than his Coot design as it is needed as a tender for a small classic yacht owned by one of J-Star Boat Services clients to replace their existing tender which is getting long in the tooth and is gone beyond being possible to be repaired.



This first photo shows the mould station patterns which need to be taken off the drawings and transferred to plywood patterns and then cut out of thick plywood to form the mould stations/ frames.


This photo shows the interior layout as well as the position of all the different items that are to be fitted in the boat such as rowlock positions mast steps and so on.

 This photo shows the sail plan as well as stem sizes and shape .


This photo shows the first part of the keel being marked out just before it was sawn.


This phot shows the first piece cut and ready to be put through the planner/thicknesser to be made the correct thickness

 This photo shows the first part of the keel fitted to the stocks and getting ready to fit the second part.


This photo show the base part of the mould station/frames fixed into position, just before the top braces are fitted


This photo shows the top braces fitted but before the other brances are fitted


This photo shows the top braces in place as well as the temp transom that was fitted for the Essex Country Show while the true transom was getting glued up.

There will be more photos as the build progresses .