|The lower hull, stitched together. The long batten laying athwartships is there to aid in leveling the hull.|
|View of the interior of the boat|
Every written account detailing the construction of a stitch and glue boat will at some point have an entry titled "It's starting to look like a boat." There is something magical about way a couple of funny shaped slices of plywood take the form of a boat's hull in just a few hours that causes the builder to involuntarily utter, "it's starting to look like a boat." The "lookin' like a boat" feeling happens in other forms of boat building, but there it is more gradual. In stitch 'n glue building, its abrupt, like...WOW!
Next up was to stitch in the floor at station #4 (the front of the centerboard trunk). From there, the hull sides were added, one at a time. Again, the bow was a bit of a tussle, this time not because of the curvature, but due to interference with the bilge panels. After a bit of prying and a few imprecations, it too came together.
Next up were the transom and bulkheads. The edges of the transom got a nice bevel to match the angles of the hull. Getting all the stitches in for the bulkheads and floors requires a bit of bending, stretching, gently climbing around inside the boat, and generally performing precision acts of acrobatic legerdemain. Just a few more stitches to go. Then after pushing, pulling, jiggering, jostling, leveling and aligning the hull, it'll be time to move onto the "glue" stage of the stitch 'n glue process.
Other projects that have been occupying my time have included 'glassing the centerboard and rudder, and constructing trophies for our monthly soup-making contest at work. The trophies and centerboard are done, the rudder is still in work.
|The centerboard gets a layer of 'glass|
|The rudder progresses|
|The Aerodynamics Soup Contest Trophies|