Planking Begins

After surveying the condition of the planking, I decided to replace all the planking below the waterline. This turned out to me a major undertaking. In all, 38 planks were removed and either repaired or replaced – mostly the latter.

For reference, I labelled the port-side planks P1 to P19 and the starboard planks S1 to S19, with S1 & P1 being the bottom most planks. The first eight planks on both sides were made of Amendoim and installed as single planks with tight-seam construction (no caulking). The remaining planking was double planked using Spanish Cedar for both layers.

I started working bottom-up, alternating sides, until I reached plank number nine, where the planking transitions from single to double planking. The hull is quite flat in this area, which is a good place to locate the shutter plank – the plank that closes up the hull. I proceeded then to work top-down, starting on the starboard side and completing that side before starting on the port side. I reasoned that if I had problems with the shutter plank on starboard, it might be easier to avoid the problem on port by postponing the work there. Ultimately, the shutter plank went in without a hitch, and the port side followed without any serious issues. So the planking project was finally completed in Sept. 2017, four years from when I started!

Much of the details of this project is described in the following documents:
Work on the first five planks is covered in the sequence:
(Replacing the first three planks)

(Replacing P4)

(Repairing P5)


(Replacing S4)

(Repairing & Hanging S5)

I learned a lot working on the first five planks, so I’ve prepared some related how-to documents. The first two describe determining the shape of a plank, a process called spiling.
(Plank Spiling Procedure)
(Spiling Update)

The third is a description of Carvel planking, which is the method I’ve chosen to replace the original tight-seam construction.

Then a discussion of what I did about the multitude of old holes in the frames and back bone.
(Plugging Fastener Holes)

An finally a word about stop waters:

The next documents describe the work on the remaining planks before the transition plank (S8 & P8).


The transition plank is described in the following sequence:

The following supporting documents might be helpful:

This completes the transition to double planking. Next we start top-down starting with plank S19.

Finally we reach the shutter plank.
(Double plank shutter.pgs)