Time to work on the bottom. At this point the boat was light enough for four of us to pick up, flip, and return to the rack. It was weird to see it upside-down.
The bottom was a mess of squeezed out glue, screw holes and protruding wooden bits. Ugh! Pass the sandpaper.
The bottom got a layer of fiberglass for toughness and, you know, to keep the water out.
This is the outer stem piece that I made over a year ago. It fits, with persuasion and lots of glue and screws.
The skeg protects the bottom and helps the boat go straight.
Prime and paint
The wooden centerboard needs weight to keep it down in the water, so melted lead goes in the bottom.
I summoned another able-bodied crew for another flipping. Thanks everyone – it’s heavier now!
And the deck goes on.
The to-do list shrinks daily.