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  1. Completing Arabella's hull is something we are eagerly striving for. With this installment we cross a milestone in that goal. All of Arabella's frames that can currently go in, are finally installed. Once we have completed the planking process, the last seven sets of frames (currently blocked by the molds) will go in. Making these sawn frames was an interesting exercise in learning a new construction technique and Alix got the opportunity to tackle the process with these frames in the stern. While working on these, Steve and Ahmed worked on building a rack to store our cedar, which has up until now been taking up the majority of the space in our garage. With this lumber out of the garage we are able to put the Bridgeport and metal lathe to proper use. Both of which will be crucial for one of our upcoming tasks!
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    Climate news

    I went to see a film yesterday evening, ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch . It is an award winning, visually powerful film. You do not leave the theater with a smile on your lips or holding back tears, your blood boils with rage. I was most impressed with the chapter about extinctions. We are NOW in the middle of the 6th mass extinction. The last male white rhinoceros died in 2018.
  3. In last week's episode, we went into detail about how we are fabricating the forward sawn floors. From how we are taking measurements using tick sticks and a template to how we are cutting our rolling bevel down the frames without a ship's saw. In this episode we get into more of that work and also show how we fabricate the Bronze Floors for these frames. The floors look very different than our floors for the steamed frames and require a little figuring out for the angles. During that time we also get a lot of help from Dominique who came all the way from Belgium to come help on the project. Finally we roll out a long awaited idea of ours. We have been asked many times if we could provide something on our site for people to buy, that is made out of the wood from the project as well as Victoria's Mahogany pieces that wouldn't be used in the build. We finally got these done and we are happy to say that we have custom handmade pens now available on our site with plenty of time for shipping as Christmas gifts! As always, thank you for watching and helping to support the making of and sharing of these videos!
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    How I bought my boat

    When in Rome, do as the Romans do. The breakfast you describe can be found at a Denny's, anywhere in the USA. What you will find in Sircussa Siracusa, are the best cannoli siciliani in the world. Most people prefer colazione (breakfast) either salata (salted) or dolce (sweet). Tomato slices on toasted bread with fresh cheese is a good example of a salted breakfast. Enjoy your culinary vacation, and remember to visit the Greek theater, it's two thousand five hundred years old.
  5. We've done steam bent frames for the majority of Arabella, now, in the stem and the stern, it's time to make some sawn frames. Where the bow and stern come in to the centerline timbers, the shape of the hull is fairly sharp. Steam bending frames in these areas would not be very easy nor ideal. Not only are they very short, which would make them difficult to bend, but they also would have to have some sever twist in them. Because of this, making single sawn frames for the bow and the stern were a better idea in our minds. This gave us the opportunity to test our hand at making sawn frames. Making patterns, finding timber with curved grain to cut them from and then shaping them before installing them back in their place with a different kind of bronze floor. In this video we explain our process for picking up patterns and making the frames. In the next episode we will show more of the work being done organically. Hope you enjoy and thank you for the support!
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    A big project!

    EPISODE 55. Tally Ho is fully re-framed! In this episode we see the final part of the frame-raising party, as we make and install the last of the frames that make up the bow of the boat. We also work on the Fashion Pieces, and take some time to do some local sailing. Finally, a container-full of really long timber arrives from Suriname, and we have to figure out the logistics of moving it around.
  7. Planking has been a very fun challenge though a bit of a challenge it has been. Learning to fit the oak planks to each other has its intricacies. We need to make sure the plank fits well fore and aft but also that the bevels match so that we can put in a good bead of cotton caulking. All of this is being done with thick, unruly oak planks! Once we finish these last broadstrakes, which will be the last oak planks, we will be moving on to cedar planking. Cedar, being a much lighter wood, is likely going to be much easier to work with. We are very much looking forward to seeing the difference this makes. But, before we get to those, we will have to wrap up a few more tasks... but that's for another video! In the mean time, we come across a few challenges with this last oak strake that we had not anticipated. But in Acorn to Arabella fashion, we just figure out the best way for us to just keep moving forward and making things work!
  8. I get methane for my car, at the harbor, next to a big industrial building with solar panels on the roof. A loudspeaker on the roof pumps out a bird-of-prey call every 30 seconds or so. When I asked the attendant what the story behind the muzak was, he told me it was a recording of a bird-of-prey that eats gull chicks. The solar panels are still clean after many years.
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    Light air sails

    Yes, furl to tack or gybe, often on a short [removable] bowsprit. These are the best that I've ever used. The price is eye watering ... http://www.ubimaioritalia.com/index.php?p=catalog&idl=1&f_type=RWM&f_size=
  10. With all the bent frames installed in Arabella and all the bronze floors in place, we can now work on installing the sole beams. The sole beams are the members that will span from frame to frame and support the cabin sole inside of Arabella. We are installing these now because it will allow us to shape the ends of these to fit perfectly to the contour of the inside of the planks before installing the planks. If we were to install the sole beams later, we would have a hard time fitting them to the existing shape whereas if we do it now, we can just fair the ends using a batten on the outside of the frames as if it were the planking. While we were working on installing the sole beams, we also got a very important and long awaited delivery. John from Hansen Marine and Brooke from Nanni Diesel came by to deliver Arabella's brand new motor ( Nanni Diesel N4.50). It won't get installed until after we are done planking but it is great to finally have that paid for and in the boathouse waiting to go into its new home. Thank you to all of you who made this a possibility and for Hansen Marine and Nanni Diesel for the generous help. And of course to John, Brooke, Thad and Nevan for helping deliver it and move it to the second floor of the boathouse on one of the hottest days of the summer so far!!
  11. One of the great parts of boatbuilding (or maybe the hardest part about learning boatbuilding?!) is that there are many different ways to do things. And they are all correct! Steaming in Arabella's frames is a good example of this. All her framing so far has been steamed in after we have cut pockets in the centerline to hold the butt ends of the frames. At this point in the planking process, we have come up to a point in the bow that had a wide section missing a pair of frames due to the mast step being in the way. We needed something to attach the planking to and keep it from rising up, so the only logical thing to do was to steam in the frames that belonged there. The process of steaming these frames, is exactly the same as all the rest except for the fact that they do not get pocketed into the centerline. These frames have their butt ends shaped to fit between the planking and the centerline. They are then screwed in through the planking and into the centerline to be held in place as we bend them to shape. Since we only had two of these to do, we didn't want to light up the giant steam box we have. This would be a waste of wood and time to get all that water up to a boil for just two frames. So, we built a small steam box out of a length of PVC pipe. Our setup wasn't ideal... but you live and you learn!
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    New Hugo Boss Spotted

    I think they found an acceptable compromise for a race that is essentially downwind. When going to weather, the lifting surface of the leeward C-foil is on the leeward (wrong) side, but the 'daggerboard' is vertical. The drag should be equivalent. The Dalì-foils didn't seem to be an improvement over daggerboards going to weather in 2016.
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    New Hugo Boss Spotted

    Hugo Boss 5 with second set of Dalì-foils. Everybody bitched you couldn't raise the foil. Hugo Boss 6 with first set of C-foils. Everybody bitched you couldn't sheet in to go to windward. My 2 cents. Going to weather with the boat heeled to its 20°-30°, leeward foil halfway down -> foil is vertical in the water, albeit curved, acting as a daggerboard. Reaching / running -> both foils fully down with the outboard tips giving the greatest lift , leeward contributes to righting moment. The boys in the design office have been doing their homework.
  14. It's on to the port side Garboard! We wanted to show a little bit more detail on what goes into installing these big planks. It can be a little bit of a fight to get them to fit just right. This one also had a little imperfection that needed to be dealt with before installation. We have some pretty amazing lumber to choose from in our piles, but there isn't always the perfect piece for the job. There happened to be one small knot in this garboard plank that we didn't want to include. To get rid of this, Steve cut it out and fit in a graving piece in it's place. With that fixed and the plank ready to be bolted on, we ran up a bit short on time as the 2019 WoodenBoat Show was that weekend. We took a couple days break and spent some time with friends around boats. We also attended talks by two of our friends. Andrew Guest who is restoring Rosalind (https://www.patreon.com/restoringrosa...). We mentioned him previously when he helped us pick up a Bridgeport milling machine and Seneca Falls metal lathe that were donated to us, and we sent him home with Victoria's old diesel for Rosalind. We also attended Sailcargo's talk by our friend Danielle Doggett (Director of Sailcargo). If you haven't heard of them, you should check them out. They are building a 148ft schooner in Costa Rica to use as a sail cargo ship along routes up and down the west coast of the Americas. Get more information here: https://www.sailcargo.org/ And if you are interested in supporting, they are looking for investors! We are steadily moving forward in the planking process. Next up will be the broadstrakes and as we move up there will be a couple more things to tackle before we can finish the planking process. Stay tuned and thank you for all the support!
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    A big project!

    EPISODE 53. Having installed the new Stem, it’s time to replace all the frames in the bow of the boat! Eight awesome volunteers show up and we get straight to work, training them to build double-sawn Live Oak frames. We start out at half-speed while everyone learns their jobs, and then gradually increase the pace. My old friend Joe is helping out with filming and editing, while his girlfriend Nadine cooks for us. I have a feeling that the tea-break banter is going to be strong, this month!