Installing plank #2 is straight forward and easily accomplished. The only issue is being careful to keep the plank the correct height. It helps to have something you can rest the plank on while aligning. I used two adjustable table stands for support.
I stated “straight forward and easily accomplished”. Yet, after installing the very last copper wire for the port side of plank, I stood back to enjoy the majesty of the boat and suddenly noticed a problem. As I looked closer, it became crystal clear. I had just installed the starboard plank on the port side of the boat (placing the epoxy side outward). After a moment of complete drunken stupor, I went in for breakfast to think things over. After downing a green smoothie and a piece of wheat bread, I took the wire cutters and cut the whole thing off. It seems no matter how hard one tries to prevent making mistakes, they always happen. The secret is to stay calm and simply make the correction. Before bed that night, both planks were correctly installed.
Next, I’ll epoxy plank #2 to the garboard plank.I began working on the rudder head in my spare time. I decided to glass several of the parts to pick up a little extra width to better accommodate my rudder width.Routing the rudder uphaul/downhaul line. After seeing what others have done, I settled on a simple, ‘ham n egger’ solution. I cut a large radius corner for the lines to follow. Later I’ll build up this corner with epoxy and paint to provide a low friction surface. This low tech solution also allows the lines to angle slightly outboard, running along both sides of the tiller handle. After cutting the large curve on my band saw, the radius looked pretty rough. The groove in the center is where an dowel alignment hole was located.Shaping this radius was enjoyable on my Ridgid sander. 1/8″ dowels kept all the panels in proper alignment. Now , that’s a curve of which I can be proud. Glueing these parts separately from the rudder checks, allows better access for painting the interior surfaces. This photo shows the routing for the rudder uphaul line. The tiller handle will be installed above the line. I widened this area to make room for both lines.
Nothing beats a half day in the shop. Time to think, enjoy the process and see your progression. If more people built sailboats, the world would, by necessity, become a better place. You can give your money to the phycologist or buy a Scamp kit and do something with your hands. This my friend, is a no brainer.
Up next: Epoxying Plank #2 and finessing motor mount placement (yes, I decided on a motor).