Cold molded Romilly

Thomas Huber is pleased to share some photographs of his wooden Romilly being built in Greece.

Please find also enclosed a couple of photos from the building of my wooden Romilly. In deviation from Ed Burnett’s original specification she is not build strip planked, but as a cold molded hull: Three layers of mahogany veneers are glued over a building jig using epoxy resin. The result is hoped to be a stiff, beautiful and easy to maintain hull.

Romilly building jig
Beautiful lines
First layer
As further modification she will have a inboard diesel engine and, as most of the wooden Romilly’s have, a slightly elongated cabin. The plan is to finish her with a varnished hull and a teak deck.

The boat is currently being build by a boatyard in Greece near Volos. Recently the hull was turned over. Work an the interior has just started.

Second layer
Third layer laid stem to stern
Romilly hull almost finished

I asked Thomas what his plans are for spars and sail plan. He answered as follows and laid down a challenge.

The boat will have the same carbon spars as the production boats have, and additionally a carbon boom, as Ed Burnett’s sail plan shows. As you know there have been plenty arguments for both standing and balanced lug sail plans – nevertheless I would not expect that the difference in performance between a loose footed and boomed Romilly would be noticeable in praxis. Maybe you have some first hand evidence? Perhaps we should arrange a Romilly RAID sometime in future and find out ourselves …

lowering lead ballast into place
Turning the hull
Hull turned