A Floating Vessel

Many clamps make light work.

The Bevin’s Skiff plans call for 3/4″ × 1 1/2″ chines. Hoping to use lumber I had on hand, I cut the required pieces from southern yellow pine. However, when I test fit them, it became obvious that the chines were not going to bend enough for attachment without seriously deforming the shape of the sides. After pondering the issue for several days, I decided to laminate the chines out of three strips of pine, each 1/4″ × 1 1/2″. This created a considerable amount of extra work but the outcome was satisfactory.

With the chines installed and planed, I laid the bottom on the upside down boat and carefully located and pre-drilled holes for bronze screws. In order to put a layer of epoxy on the underside of the bottom I rigged up a lift which also allowed me to gently lower the plywood onto the boat without smearing epoxy all over everything.

Suspended bottom.

Lining up the bottom with the pre-drilled holes was not as difficult as I had anticipated but it still took a fair amount of fiddling. Nonetheless, I zipped down the screws and cleaned up squeezed out epoxy before flipping the boat over and installing the quarter knees.

With the bottom attached this boat could float!

A whole hull (quarter knees have not been installed yet).