|Ty Harper and young helpers pounding in a rib|
The routine is this: First, two-inch by two-inch by ten-foot long ribs are cut from two-inch by ten inch oak planks, which are then sawn in half lengthwise, right up to a few inches short of one end. This split piece of wood is then steam heated in long box made Brian made out of stryofoam and wood until it is supple. Two volunteers then stand the split end of the rib-to-be and bend it by hand over their heads as far as they can. While the wood is still warm this bend will hold long enough to help it be hammered down into the hull, between the outside hull planks and the inside hull framing. The ribs are hammered until they bottomout on the keel. Excesss rib length on top is cut off flush with the deck once the hull planking is screwed into the rib.
|Marnie Liest removing old caulking|
|Brian Johnson fitting a new plank.|
|New planks and ribs.|
|New planks on the bow|
|Ty Harper inspects the hull planking over newly installed ribs.|