This is the story of our family affair with Chuckle the Nordic Folkboat. 'CHUCKLE' is clinker built with Mahogany planks on Oak frames with Spruce spars. A classic wooden boat. She was built by Harry Feltham in Portsmouth in 1954, one year after the famous singlehanded transatlantic sailer Blondie Hasler had his Folkboat 'Jester' built in the same yard. Perhaps 'Chuckle' and 'Jester' are sisters?
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Mast partner wedges
After carving out the partner hole in the deck more accurately than it was and a drawing made these wedges were coppered round a mast of cut checked on the real section where they must perform and then tapered, all 16 of them rounded to fit inside and out and the ends rounded for knocking in and out. All this took al my spear time this weekend and monday morning for two hours. Making such a good job of them was a pleasure keeping an time sheet was not done, but i can say it took more than 8 hrs. I could possibly have don it on a lathe but any quicker not sure would like to know how anyone else does it? Any way the kids especially fergus was fascinated with all the steps and he and freyja will be given the pleasure of tapping them home when we put rise the mast.