This blog is devoted to my John Welsford designed 15' Navigator yawl Ellie. I built her in my garage over a period of 18 months and launched her in 2011. She sports a sliding gunter main, roller furled jib and sprit-boomed mizzen. Her construction is glued-lapstrake over permanent bulkheads and stringers. This blog is a record of her construction and her voyages here in the Puget Sound area and (hopefully) a useful resource for fellow Navigator builders.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Coamings

I got the coamings done yesterday.

After breaking several pieces of 6mm ply in an attempt to bend the sharp curve at the front, I finally decided to follow John's directions and make the piece from 2 layers of 3mm ply. I was hoping to make this piece from the same 6mm ply I used throughout the boat so I could varnish the coamings, but no luck so I will paint them instead.

I trimmed the forward coaming a bit to allow better access to the storage locker.


And trimmed the aft coaming a bit to clear the tiller.









I also got the rubrails finished.



Next up: Deck paint

3 comments:

  1. Terrific progress on the hull and it's nearly ready for fit-out...how are your spars going?

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  2. Hi Rob,
    I've got the main, mizzen, boom and gaff built but not varnished yet. I haven't started the bowsprit, boomkin or mizzen boom, and I have to make a new tiller. I'm saving all my varnishing work for later when the weather warms and so I can do it all at once.
    I'm enjoying your book, and your vids very much.

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  3. Thanks- and I'm enjoying your build, partly because I miss building mine. I keep wandering up to the shed and find nothing pressing to do....
    although I'm really enjoying sailing while the weather holds.

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