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Kit Designer: Alec Jordan of Jordan Boats, Fife, Scotland, took boat designer, Richard Pierce's digitalized design and created a boat kit suitable for manufacture using Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines to cut plywood sheets into parts. Jordan Boats is a 10 year old firm and has created numerous kits for other boat designers. Jordan pioneered the very successful St. Ayles skiff program of Scottish Coastal Rowing.
Jordan Boats’ United States producer is Hewes and Company of Blue Hill, Maine. Hewes Marine Division produces CNC parts for many yacht manufacturers as well as around 30 kits for Jordan, Wooden Boat Store and others. The Heritage Kit contains 15 sheets of plywood which include frames, molds, planks, “U” clamps, and thwarts. The individual parts are CNC cut in the plywood sheets. In many ways the process resembles the way we built balsa wood models by snapping the pre cut parts out of a sheet of balsa. Computer aided design sheets are available for viewing. The Heritage-23 workshop is located in East Tawas Michigan.
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The kit parts can be seen on the wall along with our "design instructions". The kit consisted of flat sheets of marine plywood that were laser CNC cut with "punch out" parts. The parts were not completely "cut" from the sheets but with the help of a small jig saw, the holding tabs on the cuts were easily removed to expose the part needed. After a bit of study, we laid up the hull frames on our work platform and had them in place to continue adding the planks from the "bottom" up.
The Build Process
Drawing of the Heritage 23 building frame.
The above photograph shows then hull with 2 planks installed on each side. Note that the keelson is nearly covered by the first plank. Prior to installing the keel, the first pair of planks will be planed down to a flat surface with the keelson so that the keel will have a flat surface for bonding to the keelson. The above photograph shows then hull with 2 planks installed on each side. Note that the keelson is nearly covered by the first plank. Prior to installing the keel, the first pair of planks will be planed down to a flat surface with the keelson so that the keel will have a flat surface for bonding to the keelson.
Brian Bishop clamps a pair of planks to the inner-stem to hold it in place as the resin cures. Too much pressure squeezes out too much resin. The proper amount of pressure is key.
The planks and keelson have been prepared to receive the keel. Dave Gilles, Leo Chartier, and John Wilson insure the bonding surface is smooth
Mike Smith, Keith Jones, and Dave Gilles dry-fit the keel on the keelson.
After months of work, the builders are finally making big progress!
The 12th plank (the whiskey plank) has been installed and is curing. Meanwhile, the builders present at the finish (left to right) Leo Chartier, David Wentworth, Dave Gilles, Mike Smith, John Wilson. Alec Jordan behind the hull were enjoying the Scotch whiskey.
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