I’ve been wondering how to trim the front of Shackleton to get just the right look. With the gunwales and rub rails coming up both sides, I felt I needed something running across the bow, tying these pieces together for a finished look. I wanted it to look tough…like the Scamp is meant to look. I decided on a thicker slab of wood arching its way from starboard to port. The look needed to be uncluttered, not fancy…think utilitarian and tough. Nothing scrolling it’s way across the arch…just clean and simple.
Solid stock to Arch:
- Planed down to 1″ (originally 1, 1/8″)
- Held up to bow to trace proper angle of the arch
- Cut arch on bandsaw
- Used Shinto rasp and wood file to smooth cut lines
- Bench sanded to smooth cut lines
- Applied 1/8″ round-over bit to all edges
- Epoxied all edges and all mating surfaces
- Screwed into backer plates installed under deck
This piece is meant to take all the abuse, so I decided to leave it 1/8″ proud of the deck. I’ll match this offset when installing the rub rails. The ends will be cut after I install the rub rails (which will but into the back side of the arch).
Sapelle fit the bill for three reasons:
- It looks ship-like to me.
- It is locally available.
- It comes in 16′ long boards (which means I can use the off-cut from the rub rails to fabricate this arch).
Shackleton is starting to take on a look of it’s own. Isn’t this why we build boats? So we can add our personal touch to an already excellent design.