I really wanted to have the boat turned over for my birthday. Well, tomorrow is my birthday and would you look at Shackleton. Flipped and ready…waiting for proper care and feeding.I didn’t install the back rest or transom cap, feeling it would be easier to turn the boat over before completing these steps. So, after turning Shackleton back over, I will add these pieces.Who engineered these straps? They ought to loosen incrementally (as they do when tightening). Would this be too much to ask? This would give one perfect control. Oh well, I had several buddies come over and help me set the boat down onto sawhorses.
I started cleaning up the edges (couldn’t resist). I think this will go faster than I anticipated. In this photo, you can see my first mistake with this build. Notice the notch outs in the hull? These were suppose to face upward. This was an easy fix. If you build any wooden boat, you will make mistakes. Remember, the secret is to work through the mistakes and not get discouraged. You can fix anything with wood and epoxy. Though you might need a file and block plane. I screwed 2/4’s onto the top of wooden sawhorses so that they would span across the deck (from gunwale to gunwale). I also placed stone blocks with a wooden shim under the mast box. This prevents the boat from rocking forward (which it wants to do). Now it feels secure for confidently working on the hull.
Next step: Fillet the planks, smooth the fillets, epoxy and glass the bottom.