I'm working on my first boat, a Mill Creek 16.5 Hybrid from a kit, and after gluing the scarf joints I see that the bottom hull panel is a few inches too long compared to the plans (it calls for 15' 10", I have 16' 1.25"). The joint is nice and tight, and the panels are square and lined up. I'm concerned that I may have problems stitching it up. I layed the bilge panel along it, and looks like it would come together OK, although it's hard to say without stiching it all up. Am I fretting over nothing, or should I try to trim the bottom panel to better match the plans?
Thanks in advance!