Progress Report on Ralph Merriman's Pearl:
In the last few months when I've talked with Ralph, he's had health problems distracting him from his Dunderdale Pearl project. So, a note from him the other day was a welcome sign that he might be feeling better.
"The bottom is now painted, up to the top strake. This will be a different color. The brass half-oval is installed, along with the Mylar flaps for the CB slot. Next is to glue the mahogany rub strip along the lower edge of the shear strake. This, along with the gunwales, will make the shear strake look much narrower."
"After that I will start installing bulkheads and the rest of the internal structure.I'll laminate my deck beams at the same time so they match the bulkheads".
Ralph's customary fine detail
A search for Dunderdale Pearl, here on Doryman will yield the entire story.
Good job, Ralph!
The round bottom lapstrake is a challenging boat to build.
Photos courtesy of Ralph Merriman, home boat builder extraordinaire.
Photos of this build-in-progress are kept in my Flickr archives.
Plans can be ordered through Tom Dunderdale.