Tag Archives: New build

Making patterns for floor bearers

Making patterns for the bottom of the floor bearers so that a floor can be laid down while working on the inside of the dinghy

A number of patterns made, now just have to line them up in the boat and mark off the tops

Using a piece of plywood to work on in the dinghy at the moment, however soon to be replaced with floor bearers and a temporary floor


The Mai-Star Class dinghy progressing well with just the front ribs left to do and making patterns for breasthook and quarter knees

The dinghy also ribbed out just the fron few to do when I get my next green oak shipment

Time to take a look at the plans and see what can be done while waiting for my next timber shipment

Making patterns for the breasthook

and the quarter knees

Also take a look at making the mast step and mast thwart as well

Patterns made for the knees and breasthook

Fitting the port side top plank

The apprentice starting to nail plank in place

Using peg clamps and wedges to fit plank in position

The apprentice about half way down the port side

Finally fitted and with a second coat of thinned varnish to finish it off for the day

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 .