Preview: Restoring a Herreshoff Fishers Island 31, Part 3: The Transom

September 30, 2014

Avatar Maynard Bray

A new steam-bent oak transom and keel timber have been made and installed since my last posting and you can see the major steps of the transom replacement here. The still upside-down hull looks lovely as I write this, after being smoothed up, undercoated, and given shiny black topsides and a white boot top. I’ll cover other elements of this restoration soon. For OCH members new to this project, the boat is named WIZARD and is being restored by Brion Rieff. Be sure to check out our earlier posting here.


  transom frame fit The old transom was removed intact to preserve its shape and to use as a rough pattern for the new one. Most of the transom frame (hackmatack cheeks and oak blocking) were OK for reuse after minor repair. Here, Mike Moros has reinstalled the cheeks and has made a light plywood pattern representing both the transom’s radius and its top edge camber. It wil also temporarily support some of the pieces of the new transom frame.

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