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03-28-2017, 12:22 PM
From an newbie to the experienced forum members

i am building my first glued lapstrake boat, the shellback and I've attached the garboard to the keelson and all is well. Time for the first plank to go onto the garboard. The design has me loft the planks and I'm quite sure I did it accurately. When I fit it to the garboard the overlap of the plank over the bevel of the garboard varies from a minimal overlap near the stem, to quite a large overlap as I move aft. here is my question, once the panel is attached to the garboard, should I shave it down a so that the overlap as it moves aft is reduced to make it look a bit more in proportion. I don't see this suggestion in any of the thousand books I've read about building boats.


03-28-2017, 03:03 PM
No - just fair the edge and fillet it. The gap (from the inside face of the overlapping strake to the outside face of the lower) tapers from zero at the gains to a pretty decent (around 3/8" if I remember right) gap midspan. You'll fillet that - it makes it look like you used thicker planks than the 1/4" plywood. It will look right when you fillet and paint it.

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