Knees and things

 

After the inwales, it was time to beef up the sheer even further. This means breast-hook and quarter-knees.    

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These knees reinforce the corners or the vessel, hold the shape, and give points to which I can attach hardware. 

I chose to glue-up the breast-hook, for strength as well as looks.

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Grain choice here is important, if the grain runout is too short, the knees might break when put under the stress of sailing. They are fastened through the planking, frames, and inwales, they really tie it all together.

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After the breast-hook and quarter-knees, I decided I would build the mast partners and horizontal knees. 

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There are subtle bevels all over these parts, including the hole for the mast. I lifted all applicable info from my lofting.

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With the mast partners in, the boat not only looks more rugged, it is has become very stiff, and able to hold it's shape without the need of temporary braces and spreaders.

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