Stitch and glue

Today the boat has changed its shape considerably. After gluing and screwing down the cockpit deck, I proceeded with stitching the port top side panel and the cabin rear panel into place (with only two punctures in the fingers). I had to shave off about 2 mm on both sides to fit the rear cabin panel. A few wires secured the bottom edge to the cockpit deck. Everything fitted together very nicely indeed and all glue-tacks are in place.

Before tacking the seat back frames into place, I clamped a length of timber athwartship over the tops of the frames and pulled them slightly together so that the frames planted their ‘feet’ firmly on the ground (deck). This way I did not need any blocks, screws and whatnot to keep them lined up while the epoxy is curing.

Now there are miles of fillets to do …