The original transom boards were made of a solid Iroko section, steamed to the curved shape then bolted down.
This method of manufacture throws up inherent issues, all can be observed from the attached photographs at the bottom of this page. These are 2 different boards off 2 different boats.
Firstly to create the forward sweep and curvature of the board leaves the ‘wings’ on either end very weak with short grain and liable to fracture .
The leverage and stress created from the Mizen mast in the slot exploits the weakness at that point and inevitably splits. Look how in both caping boards how the splits are similar.
Our transom caping boards/ Mizen mast steps are not out of solid Iroko, but 3 piece laminated , steam formed to shape then bonded with West Resin, this material is ‘Bomb Proof’
This method of construction is far superior, it’s a super strong structure with no through grain to split, so is able to cope with the leverage and stresses implied in its shape.
I will have a stock of 10 by mid December and keep these and all other Dabber joinery pieces ready to be an ‘Off the shelf‘ product.
Transom Caping / Mizen Step
£245 plus carriage and VAT