Peeler Skiff building question

Does anyone who has built a Peeler Skiff remember how far apart the distance should be for the saw horses under the main bottom panel. when starting the build. Thanks in advance.

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RE: Peeler Skiff building question

   If you place a saw horse near each end of the panel it will sag a bit making it much easier to stitch the bottom panel to the side panels. About a foot or so in from the stern and perhaps two feet in from the bow will give you the needed "rocker" to the bottom. I got hung up a bit on the Peeler being a flat bottomed boat and had three under mine at first. This resulted in some colorful language when I tried to join the panels until a few minute break in my thinking  chair showed me the way.

When using two horses it makes it easy to push the bottom panel up to the bottom of the side panels while stitching. It may seem like a small distinction but the rocker of the bottom is set by the side panels.

RE: Peeler Skiff building question

Ah, yes, do not neglect the "thinking chair."  Howard Chapelle called it "the moaning chair," a comfortable perch with a view of the work to which the frustrated boatwright (more of a boatwrong, in my case) might retreat, perhaps with a fresh cup of coffee in hand, to sort out any mental blocks as the work progresses.  I spent much time in my "moaning chair" during our Passagemaker kit build, reading and re-reading the manual with my hands well away from any tools until I got my head on straight.  Likely saved me many a misstep.

Remember to have fun!


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