Now that Lou’s TotalBoat Sport Dory bottom is complete, it’s time for planking! The next pieces are the port and starboard broadstrakes. These planks will be bedded and screwed together through to the plastic frames. Because of the thickness of the planks, you would have to do something to make them sit down flush especially up near the bow where the shape of the Dory has a strong twist. So instead of steaming the planks, we’re going to actually cut the plank right down the middle and then glue it back together with epoxy when it’s BACK ON the boat. This allows the plank to flex far more easily and lay down just right through that twist near the bow. The next step will be to let the epoxy dry and then take the plank off before adding some bedding compound and then screwing the plank through the garboard and into the plastic frames.
Tune in to Episode 21 and join Lou for his latest Dory work. You’re sure to pick up some useful tips that you never thought of, which is Lou’s specialty! He has his own way of doing things and he’s eager to share these methods with you!