Waiting to be launched.
I have completed the build of the Mast, Boom and Yard. I am applying the multi-coat varnish to each and my next task will be to launch the boat long enough to lower the center board so I can finish the center board case top.
Setting up the construction table
I used the mast construction table, shortened to build the boom and yard.
First the staves are cut and scarfed together. Each stave is cut with a birdmouth and tapered as needed to match the design diameters. The yard has good taper build in while the boom had no taper.
Clamping the scarfs after gluing
Good view of the birdsmouth
Planning the staves to similar thickness
Fitting the end plugs
Boom glue up
Boom and yard on the table
Epoxy set and ready for shaping, cap to be added later
Used a hand plane to take off first few cuts
Power shaping the Yard
A properly sized diameter form used to check final diameter
Boom and Yard, varnishing
Yard and Boom detail showing reef comb
Detail of ends, showing birdmouth construction