260 Hrs – Port Lower Hull Enclosed
I’ve had a revelation! To get a completed boat built exactly to plan and with no mistakes, all I need to do is build a complete hull,cabin and deck as practice then scrap it and start the boat properly! Same goes for the beams, deckpod, mast etc. All it takes is a couple of years longer building and another £10,000 or so on the project.
It’s OK I haven’t lost the plot I’m just highlighting the alternative to doing the best you can, learning as you go and finding ways to make good mistakes that you make. This was brought into focus again when I fitted the last stern section. After making a mess of the first one I took more care, changed my techniques slightly and finished up with a perfectly aligned panel. I know now that the panels on the starboard hull will be fitted better than the port one. Ultimately it doesn’t matter, know one will know except me (and you loyal reader) and the strength and appearance of Gleda will be unaffected so I’ll stop beating myself up and just concentrate on doing the best I can, learning from these mistakes and making sure that I keep the standards high enough to ensure Gleda is safe and beautiful, individual I can guarantee!
So here we are, a lower port hull all enclosed and already looking good. My next job is to tackle the ‘wobble’ (thanks for your comments Thomas) I am going to try an additional internal stringer sandwiching the ply with the external one with a few stress relieving sawcuts if needed