Ribs in Boat

Example Photo of Boat

Example Photo of Boat

Example Photo of Boat

Example Photo of Boat

Example Photo of Boat

Meet the crew

The cost

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Larry, Zac and Grant Build a Boat
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Sunday, March 2, 2008 (cont'd)
A closer look at the scarphs
reveals major problems. The two photos below are of the same 10 inch side panel. The top photo shows one side of a nice clean scarph joint. The bottom photo reveals the "crack!" Grant heard when he lifted the panel from the work bench.

What to do now? Put a gusset over the scarph? Over all the scarphs -- the two sides and the bottom? If gussets are added, where shall they be located? At the center rib? Next to the center rib? If we gusset the bottom, how do we size it? Maybe after we "dry fit" the bottom?

The Brit who built this boat used butt joints on sides and bottom. He tells of trimming the bottom gusset after gluing it across its full width.

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