Transferring Gap to the Last Planks
I almost missed one of the more charming traditions of boat building, until Tony in Montana reminded me.
The last plank added to a boat hull is known as the “Whiskey Plank.” This is the plank that finally closes up the hull completely, making it viable as a boat for the first time. It’s called the Whiskey Plank because, traditionally, when this plank was finally put on, everyone in the boat shop got a shot of whiskey to celebrate. In my case, by the time I got these troublesome little pieces of wood in place I was past ready for a snort of something strong.
Knowing what I know now, I would definitely plan an easier way to piece in the last strips. Just planing off the beads and coves in advance would be a big help. As it was, the split strip was the easiest by far to install. Using a pair of dividers to transfer the gap width to the strip worked well. It was the twisting and fitting that was a pain. I know several easier ways to do it. I just didn’t use any of them.
But it’s all good now. Once they were done, I poured three fingers of something expensive, with a name that implies you need a boat to get there, unplugged the power tools, and put away the pointed objects. Then sat a safe distance away and enjoyed the view. Rumors that I was later seen dancing naked in the yard in the moonlight are, so far, unfounded.
Next morning the edges of the keels were beveled down flush, readied for fairing.
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