I've just begun building a 16LT, and this is my first post to a forum on which I've long been a lurker. Thanks in advance for your tolerance of what I'm sure will be ongoing, silly questions! To get started:
1) How "clean" must the scarf joints be? In assembling the pieces for the hull, I've achieved good, strong joints w/ minimal epoxy seep (I used tape to protect the areas around the joint). But, at each joint there is perhaps a 1/16-inch bead of epoxy that, although I've sanded them down until they're flush w/ the wood, still create a color variation to the rest of the panels. Am I correct in thinking (hoping) that once the hull is glassed/epoxied/sanded/varnished these color variations on the scarf joints will not be noticeable in the finished product? If not, what's the remedy?
2) Why, with a 16LT (~15' 8" boat), was I given sheer clamps that when assempled = 18ft? I just trim these after assembly and installation to the correct length, right?
Many thanks for your expertise and patience. I'll be vsititing aain soon, I'm sure!
Kind regards, John