Acorn to Arabella: Installing the Port Side Garboard Plank

We’re back with Alix and Steve from Acorn to Arabella this week, continuing to follow their planking process. This week they move on to the port side Garboard.  They wanted to show a little bit more detail on what goes into installing these big planks, as it can be a little bit of a fight to get them to fit just right.  This plank also had a little imperfection that needed to be dealt with before installation, but everything is possible for these two, so Steve cleverly repairs the plank in question, and they carry on with almost no delay. As these boat builders have learned, you can plan and prepare for almost every situation that you expect to encounter in a build, but you should also plan to expect the unexpected. And therein lies another challenge, but it’s one which the team doesn’t ever let get in their way towards their goal of building Arabella.

2 responses to “Acorn to Arabella: Installing the Port Side Garboard Plank

  1. Maybe not “traditional” but would not a laminated garboard plank have some advantages. A – Easier to fit/scribe B – the crosscut scribes are confined to only that inner layer C – laminates stronger than single piece D – residual bending stress on fasteners largely eliminated

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