In episode 5 we can see that the Sport Dory is starting to take shape – as in, we can see the shape of the boat by the end! In this episode, Lou begins the assembly of his production Dory jig using the sections he created in the last episode. The molds each have two legs and are fastened to two strongbacks that keep all the sections properly aligned and spaced. The sections are first checked with a stiff baton to determine how close to bevel they are and if need be, where to touch them up with an electric planer. Lighter batons are then positioned at the planking lines and sighted for fairness of shape. The process is like 3D lofting of planking lines and hull shape and allows Lou to make any final adjustments that may be needed.
Next week will be a Question and Answer episode with Lou, so rest assured we have passed along your prior questions from this series, and we encourage you to ask more below. Lou will address as many of the viewer comments as he can get to, and we know you’ll love hearing his response to everyone’s inquiries. Ask away!