The Hill 16 is a strip planked hull built over a male mold system setup on a ladder strongback. After planking, the hull is glassed in and out.
Quiet Waters Boatworks has now started hull #1 and we will be posting pictures here as the project progresses.
Some extraordinary white cedar to be used for the hull planking.
The shop foreman, Kona, approves.
The strongback is built. They put this one on legs to put the boat at an easier working height.
Mold #1 is cut, beveled, and put in place.
The remaining molds are put into position
The curved transom is laminated
The chines are drawn full size according to the plans
The mold stem is beveled before installation
Setup is complete
The transom setup
Let the fun begin. The first planks are laid over the molds
Although it feels like an endless supply of strips, the planking moves along quickly
She is starting to show some of her curves
Planking is completed and ready for the goo
Epoxy is carefully squeezed into the gap created from the beveled planks using a Ziploc or pastry bag
The designer gets into some fairing action. A sharp block plane makes quick work of cleaning up the planking
Hull is prepped and ready for some fiberglass
Who says that designers and builders don’t get along?
In preparation for the remaining fiberglass, the chine is shaped and sanded
Fiberglass is being applied to the hull
A fiberglass job well done
After a careful fairing, she gets a few coats of epoxy primer.
One of the big landmarks for any build is the day the boat is rolled over. Here, the boat is being dragged out of the shop.
A great picture of the hull
After being rolled, she is temporarily sitting on the shop floor before being placed in her new cradle.