It took eight months but I finished the
shop yesterday! Bright and early this morning work finally resumed
on Jetfish. I
fitted the new aft bottom (cut in June!) and put a couple layers of tape
on the seams.
It was a bit tricky stretching the sides
- they did not like expanding from 41' to 48". But a little pulling
and pushing and a half a dozen 1x2 spreaders and she took form. I
didn't know I would have to take 3/4" off the bottom of the sides to keep
the bottom planking level, but that went well also.
Tomorrow evening I'll start cutting the
new transom. This time I know where everything goes and with the
exception of 100cc bigger engine, and a reverse, everything should be
It's going to be very interesting to
find out once and for all exactly what happens when you widen the transom
on a boat. My prediction is the bow will behave, she'll ride higher
at the transom, and speed will increase a full ten knots or more.
After several days the seams didn't cure
(dreaded rubbery consistency) so I pulled them off sanded back to wood and
started again. This time I upped the MEK to 7.5 cc per half pint
which appears to have done the trick.
As you can see I have the transom
installed. There's a photo of the old transom for reference.
I'll try to get a shot with the same perspective on the new hull a little
later. It should really be a good demo of what a few inches on paper
looks like in wood.
Oh, the 2x4 is temp fastened to the
bottom - the plywood warped a little since I cut it last June.
Because I kept the same flare the clamps were needed when I stretched
that area while installing the transom. Looks like the shear has
straighten out a little as well. Can't wait to see it on the