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Looking for a little help with this, I have done the planking in the cockpit and will be getting round to the planking on the deck soon, but not quite sure how to do it. There is a bend in the cabin sides (where my best red pencil is pointing) should I use short planks and make a joint at this point, or should I use a plank that will go from stern to bow (all long planks). Another thing I am unsure of, do I start at the bow or from the stern and along the cabin sides.
Long planks best . Put a king plank down on fore deck first . This helps to keep things the same on both sides. You can start from the toe rail (on both sides) inwards with long planks cutting an angle when it meets the king plank. You will end up with few odd gaps .Planks used on the edge and sand down level is a useful tip. Glue used medium thickness superglue. Have just planked a 5 foot yacht - learnt a lot! -John
Not liking to see a thread unfinished, here are the photos as promised of the finished planking. Lime planks (Ikea blinds) glued with super glue, black card for caulking, Teak edging, several coats of Halfords spray lacquer, wet and dry in between coats. Final coat rubbed down with 1200 wet and dry then cutting compound, and polished with car polish.
That, my friend, is exactly what an old Aerokits model should look like! Very nice finish and the deck looks very good. I have a Sea Rover from Heaven knows when, which was built with a nasty twist, but it will be undone and straightened when I get to it. I love the finish you've got on the blue. The fittings, not over the top. This is a classy ship! Looking forward to the next one. Martin