Preview: Building Boat Interiors Upside Down

January 3, 2012

Maynard Bray

Brion Rieff's ingenuity blows me away.

Brion is a neighbor and one of our OffCenterHarbor.com Guides. He's always trying out new ways of doing things. One of his latest is installing interiors before his hulls are turned rightside up. Here are a few photos to illustrate the process. I never fail to pick up new and worthwhile ideas from each visit to his shop.

Annie Upside Down
Brion began doing things this way in 2004 with the 26' sloop Annie, a replica of N.G. Herreshoff's Alerion. After he lifts the planked-up hull off its building jig, he raises it to a convenient working height. This turns out to be a three-point support (at the stem and each aft quarter) system using standard 55-gallon drums. The celing (sometimes called the sheathing) goes in first, followed by the platform support beams, the settees and the bulkhead (after I took this photo).

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