So a few boys and I are attempting to assemble a WD 12 - and we're running into a real problem.
We've epoxied the inside of the hull and deck both, and now that we're ready to reassemble and tack weld the deck to hull, nothing is fitting!
From best that we can tell, the hull seems almost to have "shrunk in" and tightened up a bit.
The deck is overhanging over the hull by a good bit, close to 1/2 inch on both sides of the bow for the first 2 feet, measuring back towards the stern.
Not sure what to do now; nothing we've tried 'force' the hull out long enough to allow for the tack weld, but nothing that we've tried has held long enough to even mix epoxy!
What I'm thinking of doing is re-installing the foreward hull form, even filleting and epoxying it in place. Has anyone ever tried this? It's well forward into the hull, so I don't think anyone's legs would ever reach it. We'd have to drill a hole as the base of the form to allow for captured water to drain, as well. I'm concerned what that would do as far as flotation; don't we eventually need to add air bags in both the bow and stern? That would be out if we re-install the form.
Anyone have any ideas on this? We're really frustrated and stumped. Feel like we're spinning our wheels...and losing valuable time.
I'd love to hear from you all on this -