This blog will take you along the different steps of building a 23 foot dropkeel sailboat. The DIDI 23 is one of the available designs for the amateur builder designed by Dudley Dix. The boat is built as a radius chine trailer sailer from plywood with bulb dropkeel.
I am 59, married, have two adult children and working as engineer for rf techniques at a physical research centre of the Helmholtz Association. I live close to the Elbe river in a suburb of Hamburg, Germany.
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
I bought mahogany batten for making the sheer clamps. A first attempt to strake it to the bulkheads failed. The stuff is to stiff. No chance! Therefore I decided to split the battens in order to make them more flexible.
Straking the split battens to the bulkheads was a quite easy task.
Additional advantage: after glueing both halfs together less tension is left into the sheer clamps.