Stitching complete

Today was a great day for working on the boat. After doing some yard work early this morning, I started on the boat by installing the bottom panel. Then I flipped it upright and installed the gunwales.

 

more little gaps at the bow. such a difficult area to get enough tension.

more little gaps at the bow. such a difficult area to get enough tension.

gunwales screwed, glued and clamped in place.

gunwales screwed, glued and clamped in place.

gunwale screwed to the transom

gunwale screwed to the transom

That was done before lunch. After lunch it was time to flip the boat back over and start fitting the bilge panels. I got the panels cut and fitting nicely. I glued and screwed them down to the bulkhead and transom and started drilling stitching holes. Then it was time for a break because Molly really wanted to go roller skating.

roller skating

roller skating

After skating and before dinner I started on the stitching. After dinner I finished out the remaining wire stitches.

stitching with cocktails

stitching with cocktails

stitching complete

stitching complete

lots of sharp, pokey bits

lots of sharp, pokey bits

I’m pretty amazed that this boat has gone from a pile of flat pieces to fully stitched and ready for epoxy in just 3 days. I’m thinking about skipping out of work a bit this week to see if I can knock out the epoxy.

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