221 Hrs – First Real Challenge
Up to now I have been surprised how easy the build has been, yes I’ve had a few problems and I’ve had to stop and think a bit, but at no time have I felt really challenged. That’s changed! The dry fitting of these lower hullside panels is causing me grief. Its ironic that I have just rejected a batch of 9mm ply because it was too thin and light! This bit of the job would be so much easier if my ply wasn’t thick and heavy! I have been using blocks, pieces of wood, clamps and screws to try and hold things in place whilst still allowing small adjustments. I am working with the individual pieces because I want to ensure that they fit correctly before I start taping them together into even bigger heavier panels. I’m trying not to think of handling these and getting them fixed with the epoxy. Tonight I have been working on the two sections up to the stern and after two hours they still aren’t in the right position. The photos show the stern section in nearly the right place, this really is stressed as its bent in two different directions, nice shape though! The other photo is a more general view showing blocks supporting one of the panels.