This morning I trimmed off the excess from the bottom planking and took the 36 grit to the bottom.
By George, it looks pretty good! I bought a sheet of 1/2" marine fir plywood to laminate to the transom for strength. I’ll wind up putting another layer on the inside as well. After screwing and gluing the plywood on the transom, I chose a nice piece of mahogany (compliments of my ol’ buddy Ben) to cap the stem. Lots of glue and a handful of bronze ring shank nails later, and the stem is capped. Now Simon can crash into the docks without doing too much structural damage.
One of these days (soon I hope) the wind is gonna quit blowing and I’ll have some fish stories to tell again!
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