I’ve been trying to figure out how to make the gunwales in the cockpit resemble Nevills’s, without cutting out my full-length inner gunwales and replacing them with big fat ones like Nevills did. Here is how the WEN looks–a big ugly oarlock block over a fat inner gunwale:
And at the other end of the cockpit, the gunwale just ends.
I decided to cap my somewhat thinner full-length gunwales with a hollowed out bigger stick. So it looks just like Norm’s boat now, but has a lot more structural integrity. I even got some of those big ugly square nuts to hold it together. Rad.
Here is a piece of the cap I made–in the background the full cap is clamped in place to see if it works. It does.
I painted around where the oarlock block will go in to save a little awkward cutting in later.
And here are the oar blocks:
And here is Dawn taking more wild pictures of the project.
And the freshly scarfed up outer gunwale caps.