Its been a pretty productive couple of days, I left off having installed the chine logs on the port side. I now have the starboard side done the bow and transom pieces cut and their chine logs installed except for a goof up I’ll reveal in a bit things have been going pretty good. Last night I left it like this…
It now looks a lot more boat like and it actually looks much roomier than my kayak so I am pretty pumped.
I then flipped it over to look like this….
and this is where I ran into a bit of a dilemma. Did I want the transom and bow pieces to overlap and protect the leading edge of the bottom plywood or the other way around ? In a similar way I pondered how the top of the flotation tanks should mate with the vertical pieces. Then I figured “I’m over thinking this” and I just used the tops of the tanks to provide that lip on top and I put a similar lip on the bottom. I figure I’m going to epoxy the whole shebang any way so I shouldn’t worry too much about details like this.
So now it looks something like this…
You will notice right away the goof I talked about earlier…I forgot to install the horizontal bracing on both the transom and the bow so there was nothing to nail to. This is when I decided it was time for a coffee.:-) Those of you with eagle eyes may notice that the bottom sheet isn’t flush with the sides in fact there is a 3/8ths inch lip where I neglected to shorten the transom and bow to account for the width of the side plywood pieces. I wasn’t going to pull all those ring nails just to fix a ‘design element’ so I’m counting on being able to smooth out the edges with epoxy and filler.
I did notice that some of the chine logs split when they had nails from two adjacent faces. Having used the chine logs I really want to try stitch and glue. I can see where it would be a more elegant solution. Considering I need to epoxy all the joints and edges (and blemishes in the plywood) I don’t think the chine logs really save any effort. Mind you I’ve only read and viewed stitch and glue I should probably reserve judgement until I get a project under my belt:-)
They warn you on the PDR website that boat building can be addictive…I think I now understand why. It really struck home how much fun this is when I drove up the other day and could smell fresh sawdust wafting out of my shop. It perked me up after a long day.
I will need to make a trip in to Winnipeg to pick up some epoxy and cloth so I am going to need to do a bit of phoning around to find what I need. Lee Valley only sells West epoxy does anybody have any experience with it?
Now I’ve got to start figuring out the interior stuff and the rudder and oars!
‘Til next installment,
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