Last night, in my excitement of stitching the sides to bottom, I failed to realized that normally the stations are put in at this time. Damn! I found this out this AM when I re-read the instructions. Being the way I am, I fretted all day about whether the stations would fit after the fact and whether I prematurely cut the bottom panel. Right after supper I took fifteen minutes to cut the stations but then had to take my son to b-ball practice. Fast forward to 9:30 when we got home. Normally I refrain from working in the attic at night as its right above the upstairs bedrooms but tonight I to make an exception. I'm certainly glad I did!!!
As is often the way, my first station was NOT working out. Something was askew and I could not get it to fit snugly. I conceded defeat and moved onto #2. It dropped in without a hitch - as did 3. #4 was really off. I rechecked my measurements and found a huge error. NOTE TO SELF - never trust measurements made after a few shots of whiskey!! I found my mistake and simply re-marked and re-cut that station. It dropped in perfectly as did #5, the final one.
Which left one final problem - Station #1. With renewed optimism (after seeing all the others fit so well) I set myself to making this one fit. Out came the plane and rasp and, after careful assessment of the situation, #1 dropped in like a charm!!
Casting an eye down the sheer shows a beautiful curve with no dips. Hats off, again, to the designer, Duane Strosaker.
An interesting note. Plans call for using staples to hold the stations. I opted for push pins as they allowed me, thankfully, easy removal/retacking of the stations while I tried to get them fitted properly!! With just one push pin per side of each station for a total of 10 pins, I was able to lift the boat by one end. Imagine what it will be like when sheathed in 6oz fg cloth and epoxy?
And now a fews shots from the night's hour of work. (Forgive the varying hues in the images below. I'm using my point and shoot and am having troubles getting good exposures!!)
|Amidships station #3. Nice and snug!|
|From the stern|
|Profile - the pointy end|
|Profile - the blunt end|
AND HERE'S THE KICKER
You never know what will be awaiting you when you get home from work. Below is a shot of 30 yds of 6 oz cloth @ 60" wide. Most recent cost was put at a 24 case of beer but, apparently, that's open to future negotiations!!
It's great to have connections in the world of marine supplies!!
Tune in next time!!