Hi everyone, I'm just getting started. I've gathered all the tools, read Fletcher's book about 6 times (so great), and read quite a lot of these posts (also great). I've decided to build a 17x54. Went to the lumber dealer in town, and decided i'm definitely going to use the Hydrotek BS 1088 6mm for sides, and 12mm for floor. I'm going to use Mahogany for the Stem. I'm planning to use Port Orford Cedar for the frames, and was thinking i'd match that with White Oak for the rails/chines. I hope to have the boat for the rest of my life, and while i want it to be the most beautiful boat ever built, I truly want to use materials that will last and be effective. So, first question... Instead of White Oak, anyone ever use Port Orford for rails? It seems like the color would be similar to White Oak, but i wonder about durability as a rail. appreciate any insight you might have.
What if I taped it off and put a fine tip on a tube of 5200 and squeezed it in there. Would that be enough support? in lieu of a shim?
That's a great idea...and 5200 is resilient enough that it won't pull the panel out of fair.
Didn’t think about the far side touching. Also didn’t realize it was epoxied as well. Clamping would just crush the ply. 5200 and just do a good cleanup job sounds like a great solution
That's a good thought James, that happened on a different frame a tiny bit at the top. I just should have beveled it better. I actually thought that it might tighten up when I put the Gunnel on, but it didn't move a muscle.
This would be a great way to fill the gap.
and like James said, still looks awesome Dusty. We as builders stress more about things like this than anyone else looking at the boat.
Wanna hear a secret? I beveled the foot of my stem too narrow...and it has shims. Fortunately I didn't throw the offcuts away. Grain doesn't match perfectly because the shavings would have been hard to match up! haha
In my older Tatman the frame/ribs have aged and moved away from the side panels. Ring shank nails and glue? what kind I don't remember. So my point is the structure is made up of skin, frame members, inner chine, gunwale and tension between the parts. In the long term I think that while unsightly the boat will be fine. Don't we all want our boats to be perfect!