I've been building my boat over and over in my head for the past few weeks (Folkboat) and one of the decisions I having trouble making is if I should notch the frame ends into the keel and lower stem, or not.
Each book I read has a different opinion. My latest read was in WB # 93, page 70, "Painting for Longevity", an article on the importance of painting pieces during assembly, while they are still reachable. It shows a diagram (page 75) of the frame ends cut off slightly above the keel to allow future re-painting. My concern is that if the ends of the frames are sitting in pockets there's going to be a danger of water getting at them, and subsequent rot.
If I understand correctly, the floors are the binding link between the keel and frames (and the garboard, at least part way). I can see it might be easier to bend them in during installation, but other than that what's the attraction for notching them into the keel?
Any thoughts on this one ?