Though I’ve done a mediocre job in the past of keeping a running blog of each build, the beginning of the Oxford build was pretty non-existent. I hadn’t documented any of the assembly process wood selection,stitching, etc. As it stands, the best I can do is start from where I jumped in, and give the extent of the photos.

Of course the first step was wood purchasing, and as you can read in the article at duckworks, she’s an ultralight, using all 4mm okoume, here being scarphed up.

Then glued and clamped to make full length, 21 foot planks.

Big gap, no photos, blah blah blah.

Next, after the hull is built, the hole for the skeg blocking is openend and the blocking is added.

Once the block is glued up, add a little aluminum set in silicone (so it is removable yet watertight), and you are all set.

The decking was laid up of 4mm okoume as was the rest of the hull.

The decks are fastened with annular ring nails set on 6″ centers, backed with epoxy, and the heads are bedded in epoxy with filler.

Because it isn’t just a pure flatwater racing machine, there are small chin and side fairings around the cockpit that keep waves out when you pierce one. They go on pretty simply.

Now here’s the tricky part. The forward pieces of the splash guard are drawn in the plans and easy to make, but there’s just not a perfect fit. Not sure if others had the same issue, but I had to do a fair amount of trimming with sandpaper and chisels. Either way, in they went.

The cockpit looks just tidy enough to leave it bright finished.

Epoxy coating is always a fun part of the project, it makes that wood dazzle and shine.

Yup, this boat needs to be bright finished.

Once she’s fully coated in epoxy, the boat is essentially complete. Watertight and vapor proof, plus it was nice out, so in went the rigger for a little sea trial.

One happy SWMBO.

This picture is why I built this boat. That’s the smile that matters.

A little paint on the bottom, a healthy coat or three of Epifanes on the remaining exposed woodwork, and she’s ready for a lifetime of rowing.

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