|Stern spacer and the two sides of the case|
|Trial fitting the two sides|
To make the case watertight we applied a few coats of epoxy to the interior surfaces prior to screwing the two halves together. A thin coat of Sika was applied to the joints and the whole case was screwed together with 2 ½ stainless steel screws.
|Assembling the case note the Sika and the channel|
The scary bit: cutting the slot in the bottom planking for the centerboard to pass through. I must admit that this was a little intimidating. A lot of hard work had gone into installing the bottom planking and some how it just didn’t seem right to start cutting a huge hole right down the middle of it. I also have to admit that it still doesn’t make sense to me that you can cut a board in half that is only supported on each end and not have it sag significantly in the middle—but it didn’t. So after carefully measuring (twice at least) and marking its position it was time to take the plunge. First I drilled a hole at each end and then marked a line to each side of the hole. Then with jigsaw in hand I carefully cut at least a 1/8” to the inside of the marked line (what a chicken I am) all along thinking that I will finish cut it from the bottom with a router using a pilot bearing bit. Like most of our fears they are all between our ears and are never realized—everything went really smoothly.
|All marked and in the midst of cutting|
|There's a hole in my boat|
|A picture that shows the centerpin channel from the top|