Stringing Along

Now that the stringers are in, they have to be faired to meet the planking.  That led to one of those situations that if I was doing this professionally would lead straight to bankruptcy.

As you can see, the under berth stringers basically stop right in the air — they are hooked to nothing at this point.  So there was no way that I could think of to “scientifically” determine their shape or the bevels that would get them to lie against the planking.  I eyeballed it with a jigsaw and power plane, and I could get the practice plank to go on, but it didn’t seem right — I had to really shove the plank in, which meant there was pressure in there somewhere trying to bend it back out.

So I had to rely on the amateur-retired-guy method: plane, sand, fit; plane, sand, fit;  plane sand fit.  About four hours worth.

When I was a 22 year-old newspaper reporter, I could crack out 1,000 words about a drug murder in 15 minutes before deadline with no problem.  When I was a 45-year-old investment banking guy, I could crack out a 100-page offering statement to sell a company in about three days with almost no sleep.  When I was a 60-year-old marketing guy,  I could still do a PowerPoint to sell Mars Chocolate a boatload of advertising in under an hour.

Now four hours is a little pile of sawdust.  But I love it.

To reward myself I laminated in a forward small stinger to make the boat grow.


Final shape of the %^*(*$ under berth stringer

Final shape of the %^*(*$ under berth stringer

Forward stringer lamination

Forward stringer lamination


2 comments on “Stringing Along

  1. Denny
    November 6, 2014 at 9:50 am #

    Hi Paul. I feel your pain fairing the stringer out in space. Putting a temp brace so it can’t deflect sideways sometimes helps.

    BTW I only see limber holes along the keel. There will be ones in the stringers or frames too right?

    Really interesting design you have chosen. I think there is a bright future for relatively powerful planing boats.


  2. Denny
    November 6, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    Hi Paul that’s a really interesting design you’ve chosen I think there is a bright future for relatively low power planing hulls.

    I feel your pain with that stringer hanging out in space sometimes it’s helpful to fasten a temporary support to restrain so it can’t move sideways.

    I noticed there are limber holes only along to keel. I hope you’ll add some to either the stringers or the frames as appropriate.


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