Hull and ama assembly

Dry fitting the stem and transom to main hull


Bunks for main hull assembly


Using the fore and aft bulkheads for pattens, we set up bunks on sawhorses to hold the main hull.






Main hull sides in the bunks


Hull sides ready to be joined first by the stem in the bow, and then by the transom






Dry fitting the stem



All the hull parts will be dry fitted before gluing in place. We pre-drill the parts in place, and then screw them together.





Dry fitting the transom


As the transom is screwed in place, the hull begins to take shape.






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


Making sure the bulkheads are square


The bulkheads need to be carefully fitted to be square with the hull sides






Fitting a bulkhead to the bottom of the main hull.


The bulkheads need to be adjusted, as need, to make sure they meet the main hull bottom.






Bulkhead glue areas sanded and taped.


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


Transom glue joint


The main hull is completely disassembled, and then put back together with epoxy fillets starting with the stem and transom, and then the bulkheads.





Bulkhead epoxy fillet







Getting the twist out of the hull


Lifting the starboard forward top 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.