Dry fitting the stem and transom to main hull
Using the fore and aft bulkheads for pattens, we set up bunks on sawhorses to hold the main hull.
Hull sides ready to be joined first by the stem in the bow, and then by the transom
All the hull parts will be dry fitted before gluing in place. We pre-drill the parts in place, and then screw them together.
As the transom is screwed in place, the hull begins to take shape.
With a spreader inserted, to hold the sides of the hull apart, the boat begins to take shape.
Dry fitting bulkheads
The bulkheads need to be carefully fitted to be square with the hull sides
The bulkheads need to be adjusted, as need, to make sure they meet the main hull bottom.
Each side of the hull where the bulkheads, transom, and stem will be glued with epoxy fillets need to be sanded and taped to insure a strong glue joint.
Gluing the main hull together
The main hull is completely disassembled, and then put back together with epoxy fillets starting with the stem and transom, and then the bulkheads.
Getting the twist out of the hull
Using a couple of sighting sticks on the top of the hull, we check for wrack (twist) in the main hull. Then with sticks attached fore and aft between the sawhorses and the top of the hull, we slightly twist the hull to the proper shape. This has to be done before the glue joints dry, while the hull is still flexible.
Next: Building and installing the daggerboard truck here.