Once the transom was set the stringers were added.I had to trim the slots in the transom just a bit to allow the stringers to drop in.I dry fitted the bottom and adjusted the stringers so the bottom made good contact with the stringers and bowstem. I marked and prepared them for their final gluing.
The Transom is Faired and the Bottom Goes On
The stringers are run long and cut off once the transom is set.
Good view of the added sweep.
The bottom is glued and screwed onto the stringers.I modified the amount of flair in the bow to match the flair in the standard.This is about four inches more than what Renn Tolman designed into the Jumbo.The sweep is more pronounced and I feel adds to the beauty of the skiff.The bottom picture is turned upside down to show the more aggressive profile.
Laminating the Bow
A second layer of 1/4" ply was laminated onto the bow section of the bottom to match up to the rear section. This building technique was required because 1/2" ply could not be shaped to the required bow angle due to its stiffness. Once completed, the entire bottom was a uniform 1/2" thick.
Rear Framing is Added
The rear framing members are installed to help support the sides.I spaced the aft frame 36” in front of what will be the splash box. The forward frame member was installed 36” forward of that, or 90” from the transom. The pilot house deck will begin approximately 36” forward of this one and support the sides up to the bow.
This spacing also allows me to utilize the rear framing members to build in gaff and rod storage along the inside of the hull. Biaxial tape on the joint between the chine flat and the bottom creates a very strong joint.
The Sides Are Installed
The bottom is prepped for installation of the sides.Temporary tabs are screwed into the bottom to support the sides while they are being glued in place.Once the sides are set, a strong putty is applied to this chine/bottom joint.Once sanded to shape, this joint will be covered with a minimum of three layers of fiberglass for maximum strength.