Master Shipwright Louis Sauzedde is putting the final touches on the stem that he replaced on a historic Herreshoff 12 1/2 from Bristol, Rhode Island. Follow along this wooden boat repair project for tips on using an electric plane and how Lou recommends using a hand plane on the forefoot and new plank.
This is a video extra from the film Wood Sails Dreams. In the process of writing, filming, and editing a feature length documentary film, there is some footage that remains unseen and some stories that remain untold. This is one of them. When you walk into the shop, at the back of the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) in Newport, RI, and first see the restoration of the sloop Coronet, you are stunned by the scope of the project and by the passion of everyone involved with it.
In part six of the latest Tips from a Shipwright video – Master Shipwright Louis Sauzedde continues his work installing the forefoot on the Herreshoff 12 1/2 “Rhode Island Red” in his boatshop. The laminated forefoot has been removed from the mold and Lou uses a scrapper, a chisel and a hacksaw blade to cut the profile pattern into shape. TotalBoat Thixo 2:1 Epoxy is used to glue the new forefoot before it is bolted into place. The Rhode Island Red is a historic daysailer designed by Nathaniel Herreshoff in Bristol, Rhode Island. Subscribe to Tips from a Shipwright for more in this series of wooden boat building tips and tricks.
We are at the most enjoyable point in each of our restoration projects. Every bit of stripping and deconstuction is behind us. The lapstrake topsides and boot stripe have received their final coat of Totalboat Wet Edge polyurethane paint.