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Posted on Precision: How close is close enough?

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#1 posted 02-01-2011 03:50 AM

I guess it comes from all the fitting to strange angles and curves in boats but I never use measuring instruments other than a steel tape no matter what tolerance I’m working to in terms of fit. I fit the pieces until they’re right. To me it’s not often important, within 1/16” anyway, how big something is as long as all the parts fit each other well enough. By well enough I mean that to the human eye it looks appropriate. I applaud those of you who venture into the thousandths of an inch, I guess I just don’t understand why.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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