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.


Fitting the stem to the front of the keel and setting up the mould stations

This photo shows the stem being fitted to the front end of the keel and before the apron is fitted onto the inside edge of the stem and on top of the front end of the keel.

 The keel and stem now back upright and before the apron is fitted.

This photo shows the apron now fitted

 This photo is a side on view of the front of the keel and stem/apron now fixed in place and the keel rebate being shaped to line up with the stem rebate.

 This photo shows the first two mould stations being fitted to the keel.

 This photo is a view from the stern end of the boat showing the shape of the boat.

This photo shows all the mould stations in place ready to start building the hull of the new dinghy.

Setting up mould stations

As other jobs are finishing or being put on hold because of the weather and other reasons, it has given me chance to get on with making a start on the new build.

Since this photo was taken, I have taken down the moulds and got it back to the base keel on the building stocks

The next job is to take the keel off the building stocks and turn it over and cut a scarf joint on the front end and fit the stem / apron to the front end and the refit it to the building stocks and then fit the transom once this is made up and cut to shape.


The log of larch is now back at the workshop.

Today, we when and took delivery of the log of larch for the new dinghy and have sticked the log to give it time to air dry and make it ready to use over the next few months.

While it is drying out, it will give us time to finish off the Enterprise dinghy we have in the workshop at present and also give us time to make up the transom and fit it as well as make up the stern knee. At the same time shape and fit the stem and apron together and fit the two to the front of the keel/ho

At last we can make progress with the new dinghy

Now that we are taking delivery of the larch log, we can start to make progress on the new dinghy.

The main jobs over the next few weeks is to get the log sticked and put to one side while we get the building jig into position in the workshop and set and leveled up. Once this is done then the stem and apron and the transom can be fitted to the keel and the shaping of the keel to the stem/apron can begin as well as the same at the aft end with the transom and its knee which will support it.

Once the stem and transom are in position then I can make up the spoil planks to mark out the planks to be cut out of the larch. then the real building can start and a new boat will be born.

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 .


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