224 Hrs – Shaping Up
I’ve said this before but some nights everything fights you and others everything just goes easy. I’m pleased that tonight it was the latter. I got the two stern sections dry fitted in the right place and, after a little trimming, I got the two bow sections pretty much in place as well. I just need to trim the keel doubler back a bit to get a good fit. I intend to fit temporary plywood butt straps on the two joints that need to be epoxied and taped to ensure they go together in exactly the right way, hopefully this, along with the guide marks I’ve made will allow me to position the panels accurately and quickly when I finally epoxy them in place. It’s great to start to see the hull shape appearing, As Thomas said in his comment last night this is a ‘tortured ply’ building method but from the the torture comes beauty! and yes Thomas it is a good workout, I’m aching! Jaques commented that bending the ply in two dmensions produces ‘waves’ in the edge of the ply. I had read about this ‘hull wobble’ effect previously so I wasn’t too worried when it appeared, it reassuring though to hear from others that it’s not a problem. Thanks Jaques!