Instead of installing a traditional two-piece breasthook at the bow we went with one used on a St Ayles skiff, another Iain Oughtred design. This single-piece breasthook is fastened under the gunwales making it much easier to fit. The aft bottom edge is chamfered to give it a lighter appearance and a hole is drilled in the centre for attaching the painter.
At the stern, we replaced the transom cleat with a variation of the forward breasthook. Fitted the same way, under the gunwales, but this time the aft edge is bevelled to meet the transom The foward bottom edge is also chamfered. Two holes are drilled to attach a lifting rope.
Before buying the marine plywood, the most expensive item in building these boats, we had to determine how many 4′ x 8′ sheets we required. A materials list comes with the plans but the plywood specified is 5′ wide which is not available here. By building a simple scale model using cardboard and bristol board we were able to calculate the widths for each plank and the number of strips we could get from each sheet of plywood.
For the two boats:
The bottom panels: two 12mm sheets ripped into four pieces, 2′ x 8′
The garboards: three 9mm sheets ripped into 16″ wide strips
The middle and sheerstrakes: three 6mm sheets ripped into 8″ wide strips