So, I finished stitching this afternoon, and now the fun part... how to get everything fair and true. I utilized the CLC recommended method of doing 3 or so stitches per side in order to maintain evenness along the length of the boat. I can honestly say that the chines and keel look pretty darn straight fore and aft (i'm going to run a laser-level down the keel just to make sure). There are still two big issues, however. I have two pretty decent sized-hollows along the keel, with a raised area between them. What's the best way to get these out and get the keel in a smooth line (if you're looking down it at an angle)?
The other big issue is that my keel pieces must have shifted forward after the first dozen or so stitches, and are now positioned about 3/16" too far foward of the stem and stern, so they don't line up perfectly. The way I see it, I can do one of a few things:
1) Take out all the stitches, realign keel panels, drill new holes, and re-stitch.
2) Leave the way it is and plane off the excess into the right alignment/shape.
3) Fill in the hollows in the bow and stern with epoxy/glass and paint the hull instead of varnish.