Sailing in Maine

Sailing in Buzzrds Bay

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Installing the Rear Deck

Click on any photo to enlarge it. Blog starts with the Sept. 23rd post.

While I was at Jamestown Distributors to pick up supplies, I bought a pair of stainless steel eye bolts with 1/4"-20 threaded shafts to serve as rudder mounts. These were mounted on the rear stem prior to the deck installation.

One of the remaining sheets of ply was placed over the back half of the canoe and the outline was traced with a pencil.

Another view.

I cut a half inch (12 mm) outside the pencil mark.

Test fitting before applying the epoxy.

I used a special marking stick to locate the position of the screws that will hold the deck in place until the epoxy cures.

After removing the deck, I applied an epoxy/ sawdust mix to the stringers. The deck was reinstalled and clamped in place. As they say, you can never have too many clamps....

The outside edge was secured with #8 x 1" brass screws. The holes were pre-drilled with a countersinking bit.

The deck in place with screws installed. No screws were installed around the cockpit.

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