Good evening folks. First boat and first post. The hulk is all tacked together and everything is going fine, even the dreaded transom, but I have two questions at this point.
1. After tacking, I removed the temporary forms and the tops of the side panels contracted inward. This results in a 1" difference between the width of the "forward hull form" and the actual hull width at that point (lesser differences at the bow and stern form locations). I have made temporary spacers out of old hockey stick shafts to restore the proper widths. This afternoon I filleted and glassed the seems behind the rear bulkhead as a test since it will not be seen like the cockpit. At this point I don't know if the width will hold, and if not, do I have a problem?
2. The fiberglass tape that came with the kit has a flat edge on one side and a raised or rolled edge on the other. After epoxy is applied, the flat edge smooths out beautifully but he other leaves quite a ridge. Not a problem on the puzzle joints or stern but concerned about the cockpit. Is this normal?, Should I cut off the raised edge? Will this cause it to unravel?
Any advice on either/both of these would be appreciated. Thanks