Well I tell this story because like radio I am self taught when it comes to building boats and don't have a lot of interaction with guys that know their stuff. So I finished the installation of the floorboards. I believe this is called the sole. Hope "real boat people" don't laugh at me. There are a bunch of other terms like lazarette, Bomar, companionway, tabernacle, gaff, gudgeons & pintles, that I will be working into future posts...hope I don't misuse them. Boat people are like radio people and the French...they have a different word for everything.
|Trim line drawn using a wood strip left over from one of the kayaks to draw the line.|
|Tight quarters required a tool purchase.|
|Implements of construction.|
|My "feeler gauge".|
Also in the last picture the floorboard second from the bottom is flat sawn. All the rest of the boards are quarter sawn. OCD and being a woodworker this drives me nuts. All the boards have perfectly straight grain with the very close tight grain, except that one with Cathedral grain...aaaaaaawwww.
While installing the floorboards here is a tip for future builders. As you work your way out from the center it is very difficult to reach your hand under the installed boards once you get a few boards installed. It is also really easy to drop stuff during installation and when you do they all slide or roll to the center on the hull, just out of reach. I just took the floorboards out for finish work and exposed enough stuff to build another boat! Drill bits, screws, screw drivers, shims and lots of pencils. It was like opening a treasure chest. Have plenty of these things on hand before you start.
It was a nice change of pace from all the sanding doing the floorboards but now that they are out, back to sanding.