Tricks of the Trade for Home Boatbuilders


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/ Boatbuilding pros know how to keep gremlins at a safe distance and here are some of the ways they do it.

To build a boat at home is a fascinating and rewarding experience, but all too often gremlins creep into the process to threaten both the progress and the fun of building. Boathuilding pros know how to keep these gremlins at a safe distance and here are some of the ways they do it.

First and foremost, construction jig stringers must be level—really level—both fore and aft and athwartship, if the boatbuilding operation is to begin properly. Backyard boatbuilders are likely to skimp on this important part of the operation, either through carelessness or the use of inaccurate levels. Most V-bottom boats are set up on a construction jig which is little more than a pair of joist stringers rigged parallel to each other, level in both directions and marked off with station lines for cross frames and transom. But these stringers must be level, and they must be kept level throughout the operation.

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