I am using the same pine board from the packing crate I found for this application. The bilge boards are 3/4" thick by 1-1/2" wide and can make their shape easily enough, but the skeg is another matter. I have cut the board to 3/8" thick and am laminating them up to the shape of the bottom, "in situ".
|skeg being laminated.|
I have masked off the bottom of the boat with some waxed paper and am using a few screws and what ever is heavy and at hand to weight down the wood as it sets up.
|skeg gluing. Note the patches of the holes from the station frames on the side.|
I have also not made my final decision on glassing the bottom. I know it will add durability and life to the boat but when I got into my fiberglass supply storage box the other day I was immediately taken back to the nastiness of working with that stuff. I would almost have to replace the bottom than to have to work with that stuff again. We'll see