The "Aluminum Dinghy" in build:Hamish Laird is building the Aluminum Dinghy to be used as tender to his Expedition Yacht 'Seal'. The main consideration in his choice of aluminum as a building material is to have a tender that seals cannot puncture. A hazard we don't think of, but he charters in Antarctic waters.
A few pictures to take you through the build so far:
|Templates laid out on aluminum plates for marking.||The hull panels have been cut out and unfolded in the cradle.|
|The forepeak bulkhead being tacked in place.||Note the use of temporary external bracing while welding - this is to keep aluminum panels located against distortion caused by welding heat.|
|Looking at the open transom end.||And now with the transom and side decks fitted.|
|Another view of the dink, this time from the bow, the daggerboard case awaiting installation.||Welding the daggerboard case.|
|The daggerboard cases' slot in the bottom; Hamish used a close-fitting aluminum spacer to contain distortion while welding.||...and she sails!.|
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