A Skiff Wind blows over the water-An account of my winter project to build my first wooden boat, a 13' plywood QT Skiff designed by Jim Michalak. Now that that boat has been launched and is in use, this blog will now also document all of my other boat building and general "MESSING ABOUT IN BOATS"
Well after a few days of glueing and clamping I have finally finished laying up the skeg.
It is made from the same yellow pine crate material except for the very bottom layer, which is a wedge of doug fir.
Skeg set in place with keel clamped against it.
Now I think I will put a layer of glass on the bottom so that any lateral force on the skeg will be taken up by the fiberglass rather than the thin wood of the bottom. After a layer of glass I can attach the keel, bedding it, fastening it, applying epoxy fillets, and then some glass clothe to join it to the glass bottom. That should do it.
It seems like a lot of material to hang off the boat. I will plane it down a bit, give it a little shape before affix it.