Monday, October 3, 2011
In retrospect I should have built the spars here in Texas even if it meant importing the talent. I was too far out of position to supervise construction.
As a result it took twice as long as originally quoted and because of a misinterpretaion of the drawing or a breakdown in communication the mast is 13 inches shorter than the designed length. May not seem like much, but trust me, it's huge.
Some thought was given to re-drawing the sail plan to fit the shorter mast. That was certainly an option but not a very good one. The sail plan as drawn is the best one for the vessel. So having essentially started from scratch and come this far without any major design compromises, why accept less than optimum. The plan
now is to add the 13 inches of length needed to get to
the 45 foot designed length using a clothespin
scarf ( Page 214 of "How to Build a Wooden Boat"). I found two 6 foot long 7 x 4 inch Sitka Spruce boards in Maryland and a local shipwright with mast building experience. So we are back in business.
Getting closer. I'm now predicting a January splash.