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CoC Workshop 1 Day 2

Day two, the sun is out. We start to get some structure from the hulls, the beams across them, appreciating the differences between theory and practice, the plan and the 3D reality.
Two wise men discussing how to hold the hulls together.

Meanwhile the design for the sail corners was finalised: no hydraulic grommets, no steel rings, simply the bands folded in such a way as to allow us to put a rope through and pull it tight onto the spars. This system is related to the system used for hanging a steel ring in the corner as a shackling point, but we omit the ring and the shackle and use simple rope.
Two wise men discussing how to hold the hulls together.
The sail material was sewn into one piece, we were glad to have too much after measuring a shrinkage along the warp (the long direction) of around 8 percent. We then marked out the positions for corners, battens and other parts on the while 6m by 3.2 meter piece of fabric on the model aeroplane club lawn. It looks like it will all fit, which is somewhat disconcerting...
The mast has been tapered and then trimmed to an octagonal shape using the bandsaw. One error was made and we ended up catting a slice off the side of the mast. The two options that arise are to fill in the missing section, which will look better but is unlikely to actually strengthen the mast, or our preferred option now is to smooth out the mistake so that there is no abrupt change in mast strength that could lead to a concentration of bending forces and thus a broken mast.
We ended the day with Boat Mania, a discussion about madness and hubris, hope and delusion around the film "Deep Water" about Donald Crowhurst and the 1968-69 inaugraul Golden Globe solo circumnavigation race, projected onto the raw sailcloth held up by the rough hewn mast.
Next Steps: cut and sew the sail, round off the mast, fix the outrigger and the mast attchment and get the rudder on. With any luck we will be able to attach the battens and the sheetlets tomorrow.