The Birth of a 'Centennial Spray' in New Zealand!

These photos will (hopefully) record the construction of our Bruce Roberts
'Centennial Spray 38'.
MANY thanks to Blair Boats for making the project happen!

March 2001


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Laying out frames

We began in late March 2001 by laying out the full-size plans and making up the temporary frames...

Once all of the frames had been constructed, they were stood on a stable floor, strongly ramsetted down to solid 'grounds'. They were placed at the station intervals specified in the plans, and accurately plumbed and levelled.

Standing the frames
Frames all standing

All of the frames in place. Small temporary battens were fastened between the frames, along the turn of the bilge, in order to keep them plumb and stable. The laminated transom can be seen in the left foreground (it has yet to be trimmed to shape).

In the process of laminating the inner stem. Five layers of 100x20mm New Zealand Kauri were used.

Laminating the stem
Laminating the transom

In the process of releasing a portion of the transom from a laminating jig (note the camber of the jig). Three layers of 6mm marine plywood were used for the laminate.

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