24 June 2014

Interior bits of dinghy going in

I have glued in the central seat support spine and the main bulkhead, which keeps it in place and holds the shape of the hull. The stern seat parts are just propped in place to see how they look. Tricky to fit, as everything slopes and the internal corners are very rounded with the epoxy fillets.

I have cut off the first few stitches around the bow transom, just to see the effect. It will be easiest to cut them off when the hull is inverted.


  1. ..that answers my question... said I should have waited... :o)

  2. Ah, I thought it was the ties on the inside you were concerned about. You always cut the stitches off on the outside. If you use twisted copper wire, some recommend heating the wire with a blow torch, which melts the epoxy around it and then pulling it out altogether. That sounds like a recipe for disaster to me, and I don't know anyone who has actually done it. The cable ties are perfect and you can't really over-tighten them. They break before the plywood does. Cutting them off is easy, I just use a chisel, held flat against the plywood, and a tap with a mallet. Cuts it off flush with the surface. The embedded bit is just left insitu, it does no harm and will be invisible when the interior is painted.