Lower Band Closing Up

I’m in the process of closing up the lower band.

I started with the 3 Lower Strakes which had no tapering.

Then the next 4 Strakes I tapered down to about 3mm, however, towards the end, I ended up taking 2.5mm off.

I still would up having a huge gap in the middle which I now have to close up using Filler Strakes.

Port side Filling up gap with Filler Strakes

To be honest, I like to try and avoid using these unsightly Fillers by calculating the exact amount of Planks to go to the Bow and Stern.

I ended up with the Long Fish Look again… So using Fillers was a foregone conclusion.

It looks like I’ll be Painting the bottom anyway so I’m not too worried about it.

Another thing to mention too…

The instructions on the Dap Weldwood Contact Cement says to attach the pieces between 15 minutes to 2 hours.

I find that leaving it for too long… Even an hour, makes the glue lose its bonding quality.

So now I’m using Titebond II to finish up the Planking

Port side almost closed
Closed up Port side

I’m pretty happy with the Port side. It closed up pretty good. I’m only going to need a few spots where I have to use Putty. Mainly along the Prow and there’s a couple of spots on the Fillers that need Putty.

It’s better than having Putty all over the place! LOLOLOL!!!… 🤣🤭😲

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