Preview: How to Build a Wooden Boat – AROHA, Part 7 – Stem and Stern Post

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Gluing-up and then shaping large laminations to form the stems of this double-ender brings the shape of the vessel to life.

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    Paul Briggs says:

    I have made several stems by the old fashioned 2 piece upper-lower stem method with just the smaller knee laminated to the correct angle of those two pieces, then epoxied to them. Then you shape the whole stem normally. Way easier than laminating the whole long thing as one giant piece and yet stronger than the traditional 3-piece bolted stem. More watertight too. Also looks the same as traditional in case the hull is finished bright. No needing to have elaborate spiling of the curve cut for both inner and outer faces. I just draw a straight line for the inner face of the upper stem, same for the lower stem, and only cut the outer faces to the curve. The inner knee is laminated to the same angle made by those straight inner faces. Much Easier.

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    Bob Fort says:

    Just out of curiosity, what are your plans for Aroha when completed? Is this a commissioned boat or are you going to put her up for sale or auction? I would be most interested.

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      The Off Center Crew says:

      Hey Bob. This boat was commissioned by a gentleman in Newport RI. If you’re interested, you can ring Eric Blake or Steve White at Brooklin Boat Yard to get a quote on one for yourself.

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    Jay Knight says:

    I have learned so much from Eric’s videos, OCH should be a mandatory course for anyone either building or contemplating building a boat. I am currently building a Graham Byrnes designed 24.5 ft cat ketch and these videos are invaluable.

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    Jim Mathieson says:

    Great to see videos so clearly showing how to do this…..thanks!

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    Bob Fort says:

    Wonderful series and design! How are the stem sections provided in the kit? Do they come pre laminated, cut into strips that I laminate, or are they just rough lumber that I mill into strips?
    Thanks so much!
    Bob in Gig Harbor WA.

    • Steve Stone

      Steve Stone says:

      Hi Bob. The kit provides plywood only. The hardwoods are all secured by the builder. We’re currently looking over Eric’s cut list for all “real” wood that he ordered from his supplier, and we’ll provide that soon to help speed up the process of ordering wood. Should have that within a week or two. And it’ll be in Nav Further under a couple of the first videos where appropriate. Note that the cut list seen in the video is only for the douglas fir and doesn’t include the mahogany and Eric may have learned something in the building process that might tweak that cut list slightly. We’re hopeful of creating a package that can be ordered from us and shipped with the kit (only in the U.S.), and we’re working on that now, but there are lots of moving pieces to that so it’s a hope not a promise at this moment.

        • andrew donald

          andrew donald says:

          Bob , in one of the videos near the start of the series there’s a shot ofErics wood list. If you pause the vid you can get a screenshot.


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