This is my first time building a boat, the Chester Yawl.
I have finally stitched all 12 planks and joined the bow planks, together.
Two questions came up relative to the next step:
1. How do I ensure the transom is hung square (before stitching it in place) with the centerline of the boat and also in the vertical axis? (Given that the planks are lined-up at the bow but not at the stern and that the whole thing is still resting on sawhorses)
2. All planks are stitched together, and the bow as well as 2/3rd of the boat aft are resting on sawhorses. At this stage, there is a 3 mm gap between the two number one planks and as much as 1/4 inch gap between planks two and three on both sides (plank does not fit fully in rabbet). How do I correct this? I gradually tightened the boards from plank one outward and broke numerous stitches in the process. Any more tightening might rip the plywood around the drilled hole.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions!
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