THEN THE SIDES

Once the ribs were in place it was time to fashion the sides of Sharkbait.

A depression was chiseled along the top edge of either side of the keel, and up either side of the bow for the plywood to lay in. The plywood panels were cut the needed shape (I have no idea how Papa Merlin figured that out...it must be his name), epoxied, and copper-nailed into place.

2"x2" hardwood rails were coaxed into place along the top of the sides. They had to be curved to the shape of the boat, and then rise up in the front. One of the 2x2s was less than cooperative. It snapped in half and had to be replaced. Holes were chiseled in the top of the rails to accept the ribs. The transom at the back of the boat had to be made out of two joined planks since we couldn't find a single piece of wood that was wide enough.

The finished hull. The flat transom at the back of the boat was the subject of much speculation amongst the locals, and it only further fueled their opinions that I had some serious mental problems. But what I really had was a cunning plan...which masked the mental problems.



DIRECT LINKS TO PAGES:
HOW TO BUILD A SMALL BOAT
I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!
THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
KEEL HAULING
FIRST THE RIBS
THEN THE SIDES
THE LAYAG. OOPS.
TARIK AND KATIG
ALL THAT WORK

2018-02-08