We got all the hatches working and a bunch of other stuff. Then let her sit for a day while we birthed a new boat.
Saturday was our goal to pull together Jim MacKenzie’s replica of the Betty Boop. He’s been lofting and cutting parts all week. Here is a swarm of gunwales and chines cooking up.
We really tried to get all the bolts and such in places where we wouldn’t crash into them. Oh well.
I’ll be damned. The transom actually fits.
Four hours–not too bad for a new design. Only one rib needed adjusting–and we kind of suspected it would. She looks really sweet.
I’ll be damneder. The boat is symmetrical and centered.
And in go the inner chines.
Off with her bow post.
Grind those chines smooth and on with her floor.
Marking for screw lines, groveling in the sawdust.
Squashing on the floor.
Screwing her down one end at a time.
While we goop the other end.
It’s a wrap. Nine hours. We are whupped but happy.
Might as well celebrate MacKenzie’s McKenzie with a splash of Mackenzie.