Lofting an Expanded, Raked Transom
Another nettlesome situation that must be worked out on the lofting board is developing the true shape of a raked (tipped at an angle) transom. Interestingly, the true transom shape is rarely shown on the blueprints and the compressed version alluringly portrayed on the body plan cannot be built as shown. That may come as a surprise to many of our viewers.
In this episode, host Rich Hilsinger and boatbuilder Greg Rossel tackle the technique to develop the transom’s true dimensions – for both the fore and aft faces, that will allow the builder to construct a transom that is spot on – including the compound bevel on its edge. The technique employed is similar to the steps that we used in an earlier episode on making a body plan. This system of establishing an easy-to-follow grid with an array of reference points makes the process simple for the viewer to follow along and is guaranteed to result in an accurate transom. It’s all about taking it step by step and being vigilant with one’s layout.