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Round-Stern Workboat

November 21, 2017
I am starting a new scratch-build project - a Chesapeake Bay Round-Stern Workboat.

Round-Stern PlansI am using plans from Workboats of Smith Island by Paula J. Johnson. Full-size plans (at 1:16 scale) are available from the Smithsonian.

The lines for these plans were taken off an existing boat, the Louise B. built by George P. Butler in Reedville, Virginia. The original was 41' 6-3/4" length overall, so the model at 3/4" scale (1:16) will be just over 31" long.

At the time of starting the model (Nov. 21, 2017) I do not yet have the plans from the Smithsonian, so I am using the table of offsets provided in the book to draw up the molds for each station and scanning and enlarging parts of the plans in the book as needed..

For those who may be interested in acquiring the plans from the Smithsonian, here is the info you will need:

Plan: NMAH-010 Louise B. round-stern workboat, 1966
Sheet 1: Lines, offsets
Sheet 2: Outboard profile, deck plan, and partial construction
Sheet 3: Inboard profile, cabin dek plan, and construction detail
Price: $30 ($10 per sheet) + $5 shipping and handling

You must send your order and check by surface mail to:

Ship Plans
Smithsonian Institution
PO Box 37012
NMAH 5004 / MRC 628
Washington, DC 20013-7012 USA

November 27, 2017
Spent the past couple days drawing out the moulds, beveling them, and gluing them down to the build board. I also have the keelson cut to size. Yesterday and today, I continued working on the keelson, beveling it as best I can for now, and making and attaching the keel. That assembly is drying as I write this. The stem and inner stem are made as well, but I have not yet glued then to the keel & keelson nor have I made the knee to support them. As well, I haven't started on the internal structure of the stern, which is somewhat complicated. So still a ways to go before I can start planking.

Moulds
Moulds
Build Board
Build Board

November 30, 2017
Over the past few days, I constructed the internal structure of the stern, got the stem and inner stem glued on, finished shaping the keelson and got the keel glued on. This evening, I glued on the first chine log and will glue on the second on later tonite once the first one is well set. With that done, planking can start tomorrow!

Progress Pic
Progress Pic
Progress Pic
Progress Pic

December 2, 2017
I now have the first side plank glued on and started planking the bottom today. Once the bottom is done (several days from now) I will remove the hull from the moulds and install the frames so I can finish planking the sides. I spent the entire day working on this bow staving. This is a traditional building technique on many deadrise boats. Normal planks would have to be twisted too much, so these thick planks are installed and then carved, in the old days with and adze, nowadays often with an electric belt sander, to the final shape. From this point aft, regular planks can be installed. Some will require a small amount of twisting.

Bow Chunks
Bow Staving
Bow Chunks
Bow Staving

December 10, 2017
Finished planking the bottom and the stern today. It took about a week to put on all 177 planks. Got the bow staves carved and sanded as well. Next step is to install the vertical battens (aka ribs or frames) so I can finish planking the sides.

Overall
Overall
Overall
Overall
Stern Planking
Stern Planking
Stern Planking
Stern Planking