The ‘skeleton’ of Waratah

Despite flooding and power outages in Welkom, the ‘skeleton’ of S/V ‘Waratah’ is coming along nicely. The pictures show the first 8 frames mounted on the strongback. Clearly visible are the cut out slots for the longitudinal stringers. The strongback is completely level. Accurate lofting of the frames, and ensuring an absolute level ‘building foundation’ are maybe the most important steps in the construction of a steel hull. Wynand is doing an excellent job!

There are 4 more frames to add, after which the stringers will be added. Then the hull plating can start. It is difficult to express the feeling, when I saw for the first time the basic shape and size of my own boat. I am very excited now it all becomes real and touchable.

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About Stranded Mariner

Marine Engineer and passionate sailor and cruiser, working in the marine business in China.
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One Response to The ‘skeleton’ of Waratah

  1. MyLaowai says:

    Very nice mate. That’s going to be one very big beast.

    Keep us posted…

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