At the Lauterbach Custom Boats shop - another "vintage" hydroplane
A replica of the famous EDELWEISS
Beginning as just a few frames and a pile of wood, the boat will grow
into a thing of beauty
Main stringers are taking shape...
From a pile of frames to a hull shape in a week.
A solid foundation for the strut.
From stem to stern this is a long hull.
Graceful curve of the bow.
Another view of the bottom and tunnel reinforcement.
I had to shoot from a bird's eye view. Bat's eye view would be
Hmmm....looks like different wood species being incorporated in those
Boat gets sides and tunnel "skins".
some tools of the trade
laying out for sponson framing
view from aft
good view, giving one a perspective on the shape of the entire bottom.
Sponson framing & construction
In this series of photos, the second layer of plywood is being fitted
to the sponson bottoms.
a little more trimming
The dot in the photo is a floating piece of dust that reflected the
Nice piece of solid mahogany, all shaped for the skid fin brackets.
The sponsons are covered with aluminum... and sanding dust.
The strut is mounded on an aluminum place.
The propeller shaft hole has been drilled.
The entire bottom has been sanded in preparation for a clear finish.
Next weekend the clear finish should be cured and very shiny.
internal support structure
Close-up of bow and starboard sponson.
Note the interior of the sponson has received a sealing/finish coating.
almost ready for interior finish and decking
close-up of port sponson bow
view of port sponson
Edelweiss has an offset shaft angle
Transom - interior view
View from stern, looking forward
Looking forward from transom, starboard side
Close-up of transom and strut
The finish coating has been applied to bottom
Larry Lauterbach at work
Preparing cockpit area for dash
The engine stringer has been strengthened with aluminum and brackets
for the gearbox has been fitted.
The gearbox had been removed prior to my arrival.
Casale gearbox and mounting plate
Dash awaits trimming
Today, Larry is the custodian of Henry's "vintage dividers".
Now painted bright red to prevent loss, they have scribed hundreds
of trim lines on dashes, engine cowlings, tail fins and much more.