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by Charles Darley

Fixing the rubbing strakes in place

A template was made up to mark the high water line and the low water line. The main rubbing strakes along the side of the ship follows the high water line.

A piece of wood is used to form an offset from the base of the craft. There is a cut out in the template to go over the bilge keel and then the high water line is marked. Quite clearly a three handed job!!

A further template was made up to mark the angle of the rear rubbing strakes.

Marking out in progress for the rear rubbing strakes. This was considered an easier method than that used for the bow rubbing strakes where dividers were used to measure the distance from a know correct line.

Looking obliquely at the bow rubbing strakes. Originally the strakes were square timber but a quick application of the sanding block soon gave then a rounded profile!!

The rubbing strakes have been glued to the side of the model using "Super glue" and additionally held in place with fine brass tacks. They will each receive a light coating of GRP Resin which will also bond the parts to the craft and strengthen up the timber. Lime timber was used for the rubbing strakes as it is easy to shape and bends without cracking- if you are very careful!!

On the 24th October the rubbing strakes of the Port side were fixed together with the name lettering, load line and the grill over the bow thruster outlet. An application of GRP Resin was applied as for the Starboard side.

When the resin has cured the undercoating can continue.


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