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Installing the Coaming Recess

I constructed the coaming recess in the last post, now the trick is to install it in the boat. I start by smoothing the deck a little by giving it a quick scraping. This just makes it a little easier to mark the hole.

Putting Together the Coaming Recess

The Petrel has a unique recess around the cockpit. This lowers the back of the coaming which allows for easier rolling and it also helps create a good place for thigh/knee braces.


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Stripping across a Feature Line

The Petrel has a distinct feature line on the front deck where there is a sharp, chine-like angle in the surface of the deck extending forward from either side of the cockpit. The feature does not extend all the way to the end of the boat, but just a few feet from the cockpit.

Continuing to Strip up the Deck

For the deck I wanted the stern to match the bow as well as book matched. I have sometimes done this by getting two consecutive flitch-cut boards using the strips from one board for the bow, and the other board for the stern. The joint in the middle near the cockpit is not very noticable because the wood matches quite closely. I was not able to find flitch cut planks for this boat.

Starting The Deck

The sheer strip on the deck are similar to the sheer strips on the hull. The difference is that now you have existing strips to fit agains. Like the hull I chose to taper the ends of the strips to match the sheer strips on the hull. I tapered both sides at the same time.

Flipping the Forms and Releasing the Hull

After the stripping is done on the hull, it is time to flip it over. I got Robin to help and rested the now-upright hull on some foam saddles.

Fitting the Closing Strip

After working diligently on stripping the bottom you eventually come to a time when there is just one strip left. If you are using cove and bead strips you will want to have removed the cove from the second-to-last strips so you have a nice straight-sided hole to drop the last strip into. I use the hole as a template and trace the shape of the hole from underneath.

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