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by Charles Darley

The bow and stern sections the hull progress

The port side of the bow section is clamped in place. A row of fixing brass screw will be put in place and then removed after the glue has set.

The bow section to deck level is now completed with the exception of the fabrication of the locking mechanism to link the bow and stern sections together.

Side pieces of the stern section are laid in place to check that they will fit. Note the ply out side the side piece. This is to take the sheet ply to clad the side of the craft. The overhang that exists at the moment will be refered to later.

The side pieces are now glued and clamped in place. The surplus glue has still to be wiped clear.

This shows in detail the arrangement used to ensure that the side pieces are equidistant from the centre line. The square is on the centre line and the centre line is also drawn on the timber which is aligned with the square. Note the pencil mark at the end of the timber and its alignment with the side piece.

To mark out the side pieces a simple arrangement of a pencil set through a piece of wood which is set level with a rounded depth gauge. The use of the marker is shown with the rounded depth gauge resting on the overhang ply mentioned above and the pencil line is scribed which follows the curve of the stern section.

The curved line has been cut out and the side piece set in place. It is clamped at one end and brass screws used along its length to hold it in place until the glue has set, whereupon the screws will be removed.

The stern section of the craft is all but completed. Note the use of many clamps. I have been loaned a dozen extra by my father-in-law to speed the construction. Without the loan of the clamps only one side could have been fixed properly at a time.

The transom section is fitted.

A wedge is use to ensure the transom is tight against the strengthening pieces.

The joining arrangment to link the bow and stern sections together is given in detail on the next page.


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