RITA, 1914, 50' Minett Day Cruiser
1 Paint is stripped to locate and strategically remove fasteners and rivets.
2 Four-inch holes are drilled through the planking to allow for clamping the new white oak rib sections.
3 A jig is used to cut a scarf joint where the new rib will start.
4 Ribs are made of freshly fallen white oak. They are steamed, then clamped to the boat to take shape while drying. Wooden pads are used to cushion the clamp jaws to prevent dimpling the pliable oak.
5 When dry, ribs are removed to be sanded, sealed, and varnished.
6 New ribs are installed and joined to existing ribs before planking begins in order to maintain the original hull shape.