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Real RELIANCE Bowsprit

We are so excited to share our new four foot section replica of real RELIANCE spars. It might not look like anything now, but here it is! A four foot section for the bowsprit. A log from the northwest coast is getting it ready for shipment. We’ll keep you posted as it travels from left to right coasts and we’ll fill you in on all the wonderful people who’ve made this happen.

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TEAM RELIANCE: Our Dust Bunny

We are making extra spars to be stowed on deck. Here Steve Siok, our little dust bunny, is fashioning the sides of the #2 club topsail club.Image

Visualizing 1/6th Scale (With the Help of Some 4′ Sections)

We are building 4’ long sections of real-sized mid-sections of the wooden:

–          Topmast  (58’ 4” long, 13” diameter)

–          Club Topsail Yard (68’ long, maximum cross section of 13 5/8” x 10 1/16”, tapering to 4.5” at ends)

–          Club Topsail Club (57’ 6” long, maximum cross section of 9 ½” x 8”, tapering to 4” x 3 ½” at ends)

–          Spinnaker Boom (83’4” long, 12¾” maximum diameter, tapered to 4½ ” inboard and 5½”at other end)

The topmast, yard and club will be shown together as a display, with the topmast and yard vertically next to each other, just as they would have been when sailing, and the club lying horizontally next to the yard.

Shown below, we have cut our douglas fir lumber to dimensions with the help of Dan Shea.(all the wooden spars were douglas fir for lightness and bending strength–the original topmast being douglas fir but changed to sitka after a June 1903 dismasting and the club increased in cross-section size of 7 ½” x 6 ¼”)

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First: 5” x 5” glued together as topmast sides, further cuts outlined on ends.

Second: Various pieces of the club, yard and topmast stacked waiting further cuts and assembly.

Third: Kerfs have been cut into these planks to aid in chiseling and planning out the centers. (If you count, there are extra yard pieces. We have made extras yard sections from leftover pieces we have, and hope to sell these as furniture/ fund raising displays, but more about this in the future)

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Off to Dan Shea’s shop next door (Check out his Bristol Boat Company website bristolboatcompany.com ). His expertise is so valuable and he has really big tools, so we’re jealous! We also used his planer to get planks to the right thickness. Yard top is shown in left picture and topmast in the center picture, and lumber back in our shop in the right picture.  Dan wears the red shirt, and Bill Lawton waits to catch the pieces.