Our 12m long forward beamshelves

By |2021-12-16T07:11:28+00:00December 8th, 2021|

Forward beamshelves on Hawila Two pieces of solid oak, each of them measuring no less than 12m long. After the 6 hours of steaming necessary to make the timber pliable, the heat and moisture softened the wood fibres enough so that the beamshelves could be bent and stretched to hold [...]

Framing the forward half of Hawila

By |2021-12-13T18:43:39+00:00November 30th, 2021|

Framing the forward half of Hawila In the beginning of November, Ben and Bleuenn, our shipwright friends with their amazing ship Swallow, came into Holbaek Harbour from Brittany. Beating to wind, they manoeuvred the ship under sail and moored alongside Hawila. They used only their huge sculling oars at the [...]

LIDAR scan of Hawila’s hull

By |2021-12-23T11:49:54+00:00September 13th, 2021|

LIDAR scan of Hawila's hull Vivien – our volunteer naval architect – is working relentlessly on the actual and future drawings of Hawila. He bases most of his work on LIDAR 3D scans kindly made by our friend "StigAnton AN" from Kitsensors.dk at the early stage of the refit and showing [...]

Scarfing our 18m long wooden mast

By |2021-12-23T11:51:36+00:00September 8th, 2021|

Scarfing our 18m long wooden mast Last summer we faced a dilemma; how best to go about ensuring Hawila’s main mast was fit for purpose. Unfortunately, rot had developed in the top of the mast, and it would therefore be incapable of withstanding the huge pressures and strains that it would [...]

Our new keelson

By |2021-12-13T18:50:48+00:00April 13th, 2021|

Our new keelson The keelson is of primary importance in the structure of a wooden vessel. It can be seen as the mirror of the keel, inside the ship, going from the stem to the stern with frames and floor timber sandwiched in between. On Hawila, the central keelson is [...]

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