I'm building my second boat now (16LT from plans, not kit), and I have an issue with the deck beam radius. The beam should have a finished radius of 16 inches, and the booklet suggests forming it at 15" to allow for springback.
No problem, I built the clamping jig and epoxied up the beam. On taking it off the jig, however, I got roughly zero springback, so I now have a 15" radius deck beam. Now what?
I've considered a couple of options.
1. I can use it as is and cut the bulkheads to match the curve of the deck beam. That's probably the simplest.
2. I can add an additional strip or two of 4mm to the beams and plane it to something closer to a 16" radius. Do-able, but a pain.
In building a 17LT previously, I did neither, and ended up with a gap between the top of the bulkheds and the deck that I had to fill for watertightness between the compartments.
So my question is: Is the difference between a 15 or 16 inch radius that big a deal? Of course if time and trouble were not an issue, I'd build another jig & re-form the beams, but I hate to add a week to my build time if it's no biggie.
Opinions from the experts?
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