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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A New Aft Strongback for Rosie

After the completion of a new graving piece for the most forward part of the keelson, the worm shoe was reattached and the crew removed the cabin, in order to get to the aft strongback. A skipjack's strongback helps to support the structure of the boat under the fore cabin while stabilizing the boat from port to starboard.


Shipwright apprentice moves the old wood to set on top the new lumber for the shipwright's work on the strongback.

The old strongback was cut into pieces to remove from Rosie. Shipwrights are keeping any old wood that can be saved as artifacts to the original Rosie Parks skipjack.

Piece by piece, you can see what the old strongback looks like.

The strongback is notched to attach the stringers for the bottom planks.

Old drift pins will be replaced with new galvanized steel drift pins in Rosie's restoration. Remember our posts about sweet nails? These wooden 'toothpicks' are used below the waterline, like on the centerboard. The strongback is above the waterline, just under the fore cabin.

There's that plumb line. This is where the new strongback will be placed.

She looks so different with her decks opened up and the wheelhouse gone.

Shipwrights Marc Barto and Jenn Kuhn and Mike Corliss stand behind the new aft strongback for Rosie. In front of the strongback is the pattern that was created and used.

The timber is rough hewn, and on purpose.Marc Barto says he wanted the new wood to be installed much like builder Bronza Parks had it to begin with.

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