Category Archives: Boat building

Steaming Ribs with the Nova Scotia Sea School

Yesterday morning was spent with the Nova Scotia Sea School Steam bending and installing replacement ribs for their boat Dorothea. Here is how it was done.

1. Mariniate the ribs in the harbour overnight. Then Steam for 1.5 hours. Remove and pre-bend the rib. (Above) Then, Pas the rib to the crew in the Boat, and bang on it until it conforms (Bellow)

(Above) Use your feet to bend it into shape to fit the hull (Below) work it into the rabbit along the keel

(Above) Screw the rib in from the outside, to preserve the bend (They will go back and secure it all the way during the week)

(Above) Done for today – 11 ribs replaced in a morning.

Replacing Ribs with the Nova Scotia Sea School

Tomorow Morning I will be taking part in a workshop put on by the Nova Scotia Sea School, on Steam Bending at the Maritime Museaum of the Atlantic. Thier Yawl Dorothea was built in 1994, and is now in need of some TLC, Including replacing various timbers. The work shop will focus on replacing ribs. I plan to take photos, and have a post on that, But heres a video produced by the Sea School on their Boat.

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