September 2015

It seems so wrong – but I have to cut a huge hole in the bottom of the boat. The centerboard goes here.

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As more parts are complete, I can’t resist the urge to clamp them together to see how they fit.

As the parts go together, I am shocked to see some of the mistakes that I made months ago in the basement.

These pieces were glued crooked! What was I thinking? These were cut off and new pieces were cut and glued in their place.

Odd interlude. I turned around and it looked like a cricket was on my saw blade.

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Turns out it was empty. This is an old cricket shell that fell out of the dusty eaves of the garage and landed, lifelike, on the saw blade.

More mistakes. I tried and tried to get the centerboard trunk to fit exactly flush against the keel batten, but I couldn’t get it right. These are big gaps. They will eventually get filled and covered with fiberglass, so there’s no harm done. Just frustrating.

I had to cut out part of the frame to allow for the bottom of the centerboard case.

After attaching the case some bulkhead could be attached. On the right is a worrisome mismatch. The seats rest on these two pieces that aren’t level. When I started making parts in the basement in April, my biggest concern was that when it came time to put them together, they wouldn’t fit.

Eventually I made slight adjustments on both sides to get the seat supports flush, but this was nerve-wracking.

Someday I’ll look back on this and laugh. But not yet. In the shot below I’ve put the parts together and temporarily attached a thin batten to see the shape of the boat. But the way that I clamped the battens onto the front stem completely disguises the fact that bulkhead #1 is in the wrong place. Foreshadowing!

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The two sides of bulkhead 6 (or maybe 8) are attached. I thought I was done with bulkheads months ago.

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September ends and I’m feeling the pressure of the ticking clock. In just a few weeks it will be too cold to glue, but I want to get these parts together before I wrap up for the winter.

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