Re: assembling the hull

Posted by George K on May 3, 2005

Sir Matt,

The first question has got to be, "How are you going to get that thing out of the attic?" All that flexible wood isn't so flexible when it's a finished boat.

Now to answer your question: First, I've not built a canoe but I did a WR 18 which is a multi-chine boat. To assemble the hull I made two saw horses using 1" webbing for a sling to lay the hull panels in. It worked well except near the ends of the boat where I had to clamp a piece of wood to each side to hold all the panels together while wiring them together. An extra pair of hands is nice to have, also.

Trust the shape of the panels. If you have glued them together properly the boat will magically take shape as you wire them together. Just keep all wires a bit loose so you can adjust for fairness before epoxy is involved.

Serf George

In Response to: assembling the hull by Matty C on May 3, 2005

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