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As the existing bottom paint layers are removed, something pretty impressive becomes visible: the exterior of the many, many Port Orford cedar strips which make up the hull of SKYE.

There are folks, credible folks, who say that strip planking a large hull is not such a great idea. Among other criticisms, they say that the seams cannot resist the stresses from wood’s natural expansion and movement due to changes in moisture and temperature, and that all manner of bad stuff will then ensue. Well, there seems to be good bit of evidence from actual boats built this way which have been around for years, and years, without said bad things happening, that strip planking can work very well.

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Bill and Elaine Eppick, who built SKYE, obviously put a lot of care and effort into constructing the hull. I can, I think, imagine the amount of work it was to prepare a strip, scarf the segments together, apply the epoxy to the mating surfaces, put the strip in place, line it up fair, clamp it, and hammer in the bronze ring-shank nails which lock each strip to its neighbors. And clean up the squeezed out epoxy. To put it simply. Then do it again, and again, and again…

Neat way to construct a beautiful wine glass hull, but man… a lot of work.

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