Sheerline, Centerboard trunk and risers

With the knees, breast-hook and mast partners installed, I was standing admiring my work, when a friend stopped by. He asked "Keith are you going to make the angles of the sheer plank  match the angle of the knees and breast-hook?" At this point, I realized I had better fair the parts together, so I wouldn't have to answer that question again. 

 

 Before

Before

 After

After

With the fairing complete, but not ready to varnish, I looked into the bilge at the centerboard slot, covered in floors and frames, and decided it was time for the centerboard trunk install. This required the cutting of several frames and floors that I had installed over the slot for stability while planking and framing. With the frames cut, I was able to slip the centerboard trunk into place. The lofting I did at the beginning of the project paid off here, as I was able to drop the parts in, and fit them on the first try.


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With the centerboard trunk dry fit, I had the thwart (seat) height set, and proceeded to spile and make the thwart risers. These are mahogany and run from stem to stern. These parts give me a nice ledger on which to land the seats, and add a bit more stiffness to the hull.  

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