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Make the Sail
Plane the Bottom
Ready for Water
Rope Bindings

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By Dan Beard

Turn the boat upside down and you will see that there is a decided arch extending from stem to stern. This would cause the boat to sink too deep amidships, and must be remedied to some extent by cutting away the middle of the arch, so that the sides in the exact center will measure at least four inches less in width than at the bow and stem, and reducing the convex or curved form to a straight line in the middle, which will give a sheer to the bow and stern. A good plane is the best tool to use for this purpose, as with it there is no danger of cutting too deep or of splitting the side boards. Saw off the projecting ends of the side boards at the stern.

Make the bottom of three-quarter-inch boards. Lay the boards crosswise, nail them in place, leaving the irregular ends projecting on each side. The reason for this is obvious. When you look at the bottom of the boat you will at once see that on account of the form no two boards can be the same shape, and the easiest way is to treat the boat bottom as if it were a square-sided scow. Fit the planks closely together, nail them on securely, and then neatly saw off the projecting ends (Fig. 164).







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