254 Hrs – Torturing Ply
If the bow section was a challenge because of it’s size the stern section was a challenge because of it’s bend. The section furthest aft between bulkhead 7 and the stern post has to be twisted considerably. Jacques had mentioned this in previous comments and Thomas had advised that a couple of wire Spanish windlass would be needed to pull things together, They were both right, thanks guys I at least knew what to expect! Anyway I managed to fit the first stern section yesterday and went up to the barn early this morning to remove the screws, the wire I will leave in place for a few days to make sure the epoxy has held, For sure this will be a good test of my epoxy mix strength, if it holds I will be very impressed, if it doesn’t I will be very worried! I am a bit annoyed with myself though because the fit of this panel is not as good as it should be, I seem to have let it drop a bit towards the stern which has resulted in a gap between the panel and the backbone behind bulkhead 7. It also means the panel is lower down at the sternpost. I will have to make a small timber fillet and then epoxy fill the gap, it also means more filling and fairing up to the skeg. The panel can then be trimmed to the right depth. I’m annoyed because, as far as I know, this is my first mistake. I guess no matter how hard I try though there will be more but none the less it’s annoying. Sorry but I can’t post any photos until the weekend.