The deck beams are adjusted
The bulkhead towards the forecastle is made of oak
The floor is made of larch
Even though this drifter won't have a wet well with fresh water for transporting live fish and eels as on the old drifters, the boat will still be built so that it looks like the original drifters. The space will just be used as extra storage instead. Here, space is prepared for the wet well hatch.
The floor layer is complete and the floor timbers and wet well hatch are in place. Here, cardboard has been laid so that the boatbuilders won't damage the new surface.
Now that there is no need for space for fish and eels in the wet well, there is room for an oven and a hob. All in all, it's impossible to see the difference between this boat and an original drifter - unless you come very close.
The heel of the mast extends through the deck. The mast stands in the mast heel, which is designed so that the mast can be lowered and raised.
The forecastle is fitted with two berths and good storage space for the sail and other gear.
All accommodation is made of larch
All the way out in the stem, there is also storage space. Here, the bitts - where the jib boom is secured with a clamp and where mooring lines are secured - go down through the deck, in order to provide a secure hold in the timbers
The rudder and the lee-board (seen in the photo) are held together with bolts that are drilled either partially or entirely through the timber. Here, a hole is being drilled before the bolt is set in.
The rudder is complete and hangs on its new iron fitting. They must be hot-dip galvanised before being attached.
The tiller should not only look good, it must also be shaped appropriately so that it doesn't get in the way when the rudder is fully turned to the side
The deck is made from radially-sawn larch that it almost free from knots. It has lain in the workshop for a long time, to allow it to dry out.
The deck planks are long enough to be laid in one piece, so we can avoid having joins on the deck
Room is made for the cockpit in the aft
The coaming around the cockpit is adjusted and the hole in the deck is cut
The deck is made watertight with cotton and linseed oil putty. First, the cotton is rolled in...
Afterwards the cotton is caulked to a precise degree - not too hard or the deck planks will be pushed apart from each other, but just hard enough so that the deck becomes tight. Finally, a layer of linseed oil putty is applied over the cotton.
The coaming lies on top of the deck and is secured from underneath
The deckhouse is made beforehand. The sides of the deckhouse are made of oak and the roof is made of larch, just like the deck
After the opening for the deckhouse has been adjusted, it is mounted on top of the deck and secured from underneath
The deck is also coated with linseed oil - lots of linseed oil...
The stem and jib boom fittings are hot-dip galvanised, prior to mounting