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Stephen Weaver
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Fore Seats and Seat Backs
One can see where this is going - the aft seat concept in place, it was time to move to the fore seat template and strakes. As for the rear seat, I made a template out of CDX that was lying around and fit it forward. Here's a photo of the port, fore seat te...

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The Coal Bunker
Iona  will be fitted with two wing bunkers for coal. Each bunker will be accessed through a bronze deck scuttle. The bunkers carry around 100 lbs of coal. We'll see some day how far that gets us ... The bunker bulkhead is made out of mahogany marine ply 0.6...

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Helm Station
In the midst of fitting the seat backs, the steering gear was connected for good and the helm station finished. Here is a shot of the gear connected to the bulkhead steering box: The bottom seat back strake is in place and finished with my interior finish: ...

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Fitting the Seat Backs
Once I had an idea what the aft seats would look like, I began to fit the seat backs. These are made out of leftover Honduran mahogany planking that was lying around. Here, the mahogany is being fit up: One can see that the steering gear is not hooked up ye...

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Reclining on Chestnut
After laying the deck, there are a number of things to fit into the hull before the coaming goes on. Also, I had a seat idea that I was anxious to try. You see, it goes like this: The congregation where I served for a number of years removed two front pews ...

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On Being "Over the Top"
A year and a half on a deck?  Really?!  Yes. Let me explain, though it is indefensible ... They say a picture is worth a thousand words ... This is the fore deck as I was fitting the king plank. (Pay no attention to the 957 bronze dong - it is merely holdin...

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Cover Board Templates
No, I didn't go to seed ... decking just goes slow. I've also been finishing the engine in between planks. As a tease, here is a recent photo of the engine tops. There, that got your attention. Now on to the more prosaic job of fitting cover board templates...

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Wooden Boat Show Eve
Checking the oil and kicking the tires before heading to Mystic tomorrow.  Time to wander dreamily through the hand tool vendors, display boats and chandlers.  We'll miss a Saturday working on the deck, but there are priorities ... Speaking of the deck: One...

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And the Decking is "Proceeding According to Precedent ..."
... To quote Kipling. What a winter! The Works were locked in a temperature-induced, productivity death grip.  I was able to continue slowly on the smokebox and boiler at work, but since that involves a commute, it is not near as handy.  Below is a shot of ...

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"So how will that engine work anyway?"
A common question, and up until now, I had yet to find a compelling graphic aside from some video links that show marine compounds in operation.  But wonder no more ... colleague Mr Anderson sent me a link that contains a graphic of an Olympic  class engine...
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