Next we crawl around inside and mark the precise points where the panel hits sheer and chine at each rib. By “we” I mean Cricket and Janek. There are certain benefits to being the boss. And certain benefits to having younger, more flexible people with better near-sight to do this sort of thing.
We only mark one side, though. No matter how perfect a strong back is, there will be some variation from side to side. So we picked the north side for our master panel pattern. Next we cut two identical panels. Because the sheer–or gunwale line–is so critical we leave a bit of extra up there to just precisely where we will cut the top. A million calculations will never tell you just where the perfect lines are. Only the eye-cromier can tell you that.
Because this boat is being made as a commercial vessel, and I expect the hatches will get a lot of heavy, hard stuff bashed around inside, I am violating one of my guidelines. Instead of leaving the inside of the hull un-glassed and merely oiled, so that the wood can dry after it’s inevitable moisturizing, we are going to glass the interior. But no paint or pigment in the hatches. I really want to be able to see any problems in the wood as they develop.
With both side panels and the bottom glassed and flow-coated, we pause to ponder.
Well. Time to see if this is really going to work. First we affix the panel to the side we patterned off of. That one should go on pretty nicely. And by god it does.
There are true advantages to being small. Cricket gets to hang out in the boat with a screw gun as we work our way along. Okay, maybe that’s not an advantage for her, but it certainly is for me.
Several of the ribs have to be unfastened from the strong back in order to match the precise contact marks we drew. As we work along my mind wanders, as always. If we are using things up and down and back and forth to fasten them, how will we get the boat true and level and centered before we put the bottom on? I guess we burn that bridge when we get to it.
It’s late though. Time for a celebratory beverage and go to bed. Tomorrow we will try to level each rib and make the centerline straight.