Well I made time to get the bottom on the boat this past weekend... and now it is really starting to look like a boat!
I basically dry fit all the screws and did any last minute sanding to make a tight fit all around. Spent the afternoon making a mess with the 5200 and before you know it, it was glued and screwed on.

Last night I planed the overlap from the bottom to match the sides and used the belt sander to make it a smooth joint.

I snapped some images during breaks - thought I would post them. Thanks for looking and thanks to everyone for the great tips that undoubtedly saved me time and frustration getting this on solo.

Rough cut and ready to go on.

I snapped a chalk line and used ratchet straps to ensure the rack alignment was true...

I created my own little jig to mark the screw line for perimeter of the bottom...

Good help is hard to find. Thanks for helping Christie.

Some good reading and new stones for the spring steelies...

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Comment by Jason Knight on March 13, 2009 at 4:28am
Thanks guys...
No particular reason for the drain hole locations, just seemed like a good place for them.
I will probably be rowing her on the Ausable, Pere Marquette, and Muskegon for starters... can't wait to get out there. I will keep the updates coming as I go - next step is to fiberglass the bottom...
Comment by Dave Z on March 12, 2009 at 6:38pm
A+ Jason. Very nice job so far. keep the photos coming.
Comment by Den on March 12, 2009 at 2:45pm
thanks for the photos, I've just finished my frames and need to drill drain scuppers. Any reason yours are farther outboard? What a beautiful job scarfing too. what rivers will you row her on?

All the best from New Hampshire Den
Comment by Jason Knight on March 11, 2009 at 5:28am
That sounds like an awesome trip Greg...
I have a feeling that could turn in to an extended trip... haha.
Comment by Greg Hatten on March 10, 2009 at 12:02pm
Well done!! Great pictures... I love the jig & the ice scaper - great improvisation!! Would really like to see the finished product - I think you guys should come out to the Northwest for a visit this summer... you could "fish your way here" - take the "high line" through Montana... could be a great trip - although, could take you all summer.
Keep posting the pictures please... thanks.
Comment by Christine on March 10, 2009 at 11:54am
What a fun and productive weekend! I am happy to help Jay =)
Comment by Jason Knight on March 10, 2009 at 5:36am
Thank You Rick. It is a highly specialized tool..haha - aka snow/ice scraper with extending handle.
Comment by Rick Newman on March 10, 2009 at 5:32am
Where did you find the specialized, adjustable boat bottom hold-up tool? I especially like the double foam handles for ease of use and accurate placement! I really appreciate your blog and your pictures. While I currently have an older boat that needs repairs by the end of the week I should a Tatman 6.5 x 48 kit to build! Your information and the help everyone provides is invaluable.

Rick Newman

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