Luke and the team were back to it last week after a well earned break for Christmas and New Year. 2018 sees us welcoming a 4th trainee, Katey, to the team and despite the horrible winter weather work began again at pace.
Hull planking was almost finished before Christmas- just the shutter plank to put in – so while some of the team riveting the beam self and dropping in the half beams, the others fairing and plugging the hull. One the hull is faired and plugged there are 26 runs of 65ft on each side to be caulked with 80kg of oakhum.
Luke took delivery of 2 61 ft trees at the yard on Thursday – one for the main mast and the other to be cut for a bowsprit, floor boards and bulwark planking. Another slightly smaller tree, 51ft, has gone off to be sawn up for the spars- boom, gaff and topmast. To get trees of this length from Gunners lake at the top of the Tamar a special lorry with a driver with a lot of patience and a police escort was required.
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