The continuing story of my Harkers
Island Net Boat restoration.
by Alan DeForest
(Wilmington, NC, USA)
Forward Frame Installation
Cleaning Up the Forward Keel
Net Boat, May
have all the frames in and for the most part they are faired and ready
Now, I have tackled the lower stem and forward
In the last blog I removed the rotted sections of the
forward keel and replaced it with a solid piece that is epoxied and
bolted in place; the process will be repeated with the stem and knee.
the stem starting off. There
is plenty of rot and missing wood.
The traingular section
missing waspart of the knee.
I have set up a piece
of plywood to guide the circular saw to start the stemoplasty, sort of
lopping off the the bad wood I flattened the section with a combination
of power planer, right angle grinder and belt
have been nice if I could have gotten the old bolts
it flat and square by frequently checking with a straight
I figure any deviation from
perfect will be compensated
by the epoxy.
the nose cleaned up nice and flat I affixed the blank prepared
a thickened epoxy, lag bolts and clamps the
blank fit nicely and cured up for the next stepI
used screws to hold the template in place to perform the initial
shaping from the stem to the keel.
shaping the side profile I shaped the forward most section.
shown in the photos is the template I fastened from the top of the new
section to the keel which held the shape of the forward edge of the
Using the power planer and belt sander the front
profile was shaped.
it is shaped up and ready for a few more bolts to share the
I have collected an arsenal of power tools that make
this work bearable while working full time.
are a number of opinions about gluing up white oak, especially with
There are the cons and pros for this but I will go
I try to hedge my bet with a dovetail feature on the
Before the glue up I use a dovetail cutter in a trim
router and run several grooves in the mating surfaces.
the glue up I fill all the groves with epoxy and a generous amount for
the remainder of the joint.
The clamp up is just enough to get a bit of
squeeze out without starving the joint.
dovetails produce a locking action I hope will strengthen the
In fifty years my grandchildren will see them when
they have to restore her again.
look too bad, but not sure if there is a problem with tying the keel
and stem tightly together; time will tell?
of paint makes everything better.
been a while since the last blog so I have a lot to cover.
After removing all the bottom planks and a side strake from
it’s time to start putting some wood back on.
Much of the
fairing of the chine has been completed and now it’s time to replace
the planking to the chine.
used a ½ x ½ inch batten to fair the chine
replaced several side frame ends and painted them up with
ropes are to hold the plank in position when working alone.
Adjusted to keep the plank just shy of contacting they worked well.
a plank in position, caulk is beaded on the top edge and then clamped
It is then screwed in place with silicon bronze
I also applied bedding compound between the plank and
sorry I missed getting pictures of the spiling batten in place and
transferring the measurements to the
process is explained in, The Boat Building Manual by Robert M. Steward,
and it worked marvelously.
It was a real pleasure to see the
plank sort of roll into position as it was pulled up
Of course the hardest part to pull in was at the stem and it
some interestingly shaped blocks of wood to set the clamps
Again I have no picture since I was as busy as a one
armed paper hanger trying to get everything fastened.
is the first plank in place.
Both sides needed two planks to
run the full length.
glued up two planks to get the width needed by the forward
a better joint I splined them together.
forward end of starboard plank and a close up of a couple of patches to
the adjacent plank that were pulled away during the teardown.
is the aft end of the plank to a fashion piece that starts the fantail.
to make a long story longer I will follow up with the garboard
installation and this time I’ll catch the spiling batten in use.
for stopping in.
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Net Boat, Forward Frame Installation
made some progress with the forward frames this week and especially
Saturday and Sunday.
the frames were sitting in a cut out section of the net boat keel and
triangular gusset th
held to the keel with a drift.
finding out how rotten the net boat frames had become I decided to
of the keel.
keel section without the large cut out sections I decided to mortise
into the keel.
will help strengthen the thinnest section of keel that has seen a lot
over the years.
view of the frames on the starboard side.
up of the port side that still needs final fastening and a back rabbet
the new section of the keel.
the rabbet is cut and the frames are faired and a coat of paint and ..
planks and bottom paint it'll look done.
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Cleaning Up the Forward Keel
the frames are out I can clean up the areas where the frames attach to
were three drifts still in place that needed removal.
could be cut flush but that would leave iron in the wood and I think
to get it out.
look at the keel and frames where the drifts were exposed to
appears the wood is actually charred and eroded away.
anyone has another explanation I'm all ears.
are sometimes a real chore to pull.
batch I found that a pair of vise grips was useful to actually rotate
drifts to loosen them up.
particularly tenacious and I applied a torch to heat
this technique on other drifts in the net boat keel.
the final extraction reapply the vise grips and pry them out with a
bar. Using a combination of bits of 2X6 a fulcrum point can
I'll be beefing up the bad spots in the keel with penetrating
some thickened and troweled in place.
I'll be rebuilding the frames.
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